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Villanova's Jermaine Samuels reacts to his basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 61-55. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

No. 14 Villanova rallies behind Samuels to beat UConn 61-55

Jan. 18, 2020 4:07 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The "UConn! UConn! UConn!" shouts grew louder as Villanova fans were hushed with their team trailing, the thousands of Huskies die-hards that traveled to Philadelphia injecting the back-and-forth game with that ol' heated Big East feel. "One of the things that brought back memories was...

Villanova head coach Jay Wright reacts to a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

No. 14 Villanova survives scare, beats DePaul 79-75 in OT

Jan. 15, 2020 12:05 AM EST

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Headed into overtime after blowing a big lead in regulation, Collin Gillespie had a one-word challenge for Villanova: Attitude. With the national championship stars gone, a new era of Wildcats are finding out what they need to win in the rugged Big East, and Gillespie showed them the...

Villanova's Collin Gillespie, right, tries to dribble past Georgetown's Jahvon Blair during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bey scores 33, leads No. 16 Villanova past Georgetown 80-66

Jan. 11, 2020 3:45 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Saddiq Bey was needed to score more to keep Villanova in the hunt to win as tough a Big East conference as it's been in years. Bey gave the Wildcats and coach Jay Wright a glimpse of just how effective he can be from long range. Bey hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33...

Villanova's Collin Gillespie (2) is defended by Creighton's Christian Bishop (13) and Marcus Zegarowski (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Villanova won 64-59. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Gillespie scores 24, leads No. 16 'Nova past Creighton 64-59

Jan. 8, 2020 12:23 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — What Jay Wright called Villanova's best defensive performance of the season masked another poor offensive night for the 16th-ranked Wildcats. Collin Gillespie was the only ‘Nova player to find any rhythm against Creighton, but the defense clamped down late and allowed the Wildcats...

Villanova head coach Jay Wright buttons his suit jacket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Parity party has college basketball's best on constant edge

Jan. 5, 2020 10:54 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The season was barely a week old when Michigan State lost to Kentucky in the Champions Classic, a defeat of the nation's No. 1 team that could be written off easily as a high-profile battle of heavyweights on a neutral court early in the season that didn't go the Spartans' way. Then...

Marquette's Markus Howard reacts after making a 3-pointer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Howard leads Marquette to 71-60 win over No. 10 Villanova

Jan. 4, 2020 6:01 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright said Marquette guard Markus Howard played on a different level from anyone his team could throw at him Saturday. Howard scored 29 points and the Golden Eagles used a big first half to beat Wright's 10th-ranked Wildcats, 71-60. “He's just in total control...

FILE - In this April 2, 2018, file photo, Villanova head coach Jay Wright reacts after cutting down the net after beating Michigan 79-62 in the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Villanova's Jay Wright named AP coach of the decade

Jan. 3, 2020 1:51 PM EST

The final seconds of the 2016 national title game were some of the most dramatic in college basketball history. North Carolina's Marcus Paige hit an off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game with 4.7 seconds left, only to be upstaged by Villanova's Kris Jenkins hitting a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-pointer. Amid...

FILE - In this April 5, 2010, file photo, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and guard Lance Thomas embrace after Duke's 61-59 win over Butler in the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball championship game, in Indianapolis. The 2010s had some of the greatest NCAA Tournament games in college basketball history, from Duke's epic win over Butler in 2010 to Villanova's last-second win over North Carolina in 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Villanova-North Carolina tops NCAA games of the decade

Jan. 2, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Increased parity in college basketball led to some of the greatest games in the sport's history during the 2010s, from massive upsets to moments that had fans screaming from their couches. The decade had so many great games, it's hard to narrow it down to just the five best ones. Well, Associated Press poll...

Butler forward Jordan Tucker (1) passes the ball past St. John's guard Rasheem Dunn (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)

Big East deep and full of NCAA tournament contenders

Jan. 2, 2020 2:09 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — One night, it might be Myles Powell, with Seton Hall's pair of 7-foot-2 centers patrolling the lane. Or Villanova, with its championship pedigree and coach Jay Wright roaming the sideline. Another tough Butler team. Xavier and its experience. The dynamic Markus Howard and Marquette. On and...

FILE - In this April 2, 2012, file photo, Kentucky players celebrate at the end of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kansas, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Kentucky's 2012 college hoops team voted best of decade

Jan. 1, 2020 2:39 PM EST

The decade of college basketball started with Duke outlasting Butler in an epic national title game and ended with Virginia earning redemption after being on the wrong side of history the year before. Two great teams, but were they good enough to be among the five best of the 2010s? The Associated Press asked its...