Moral of the Story: Will the Friars overcome youth to reach sixth straight tourney?

Welcome to early October, where college basketball teams are set in stone and fans across the country are clamoring for mid-November so their favorite squads can take the hardwood. Before we know it, opening night will be here, so over the next few weeks, the East Coast Hoops Group plans to give you intense coverage … Continue reading Moral of the Story: Will the Friars overcome youth to reach sixth straight tourney?

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Villanova cruises past Creighton at Wells Fargo

Villanova is a week removed from losing their fourth-leading scorer and team leader, yet it didn't seem to be a concern on Thursday night in Philadelphia. The No. 1 Wildcats crushed Creighton, 98-78, at the Wells Fargo Center thanks to 19 three-pointers and another superb performance from point guard Jalen Brunson. Jay Wright's squad had … Continue reading Villanova cruises past Creighton at Wells Fargo

Game Recap: St. John’s impresses but falls to Arizona State in LA

In their first game against a ranked opponent this season, St. John's (8-2) put together an impressive performance without their second best player Marcus LoVett, but fell to Arizona State at the Staples Center, 82-70. The Johnnies were led by two big men,¬†Marvin Clark II (18 points and seven rebounds) and Tariq Owens (17 points … Continue reading Game Recap: St. John’s impresses but falls to Arizona State in LA

Villanova blitzes Tennessee to advance to Battle 4 Atlantis final

NASSAU, Bahamas -- A sleep-walking first half turned into a full-out blitz in the second as Villanova overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to beat an improved Tennessee squad, 85-76, in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals. The Wildcats were led by Jalen Brunson (25 points on 8-of-16 shooting and six assists) and emerging superstar Mikal Bridges … Continue reading Villanova blitzes Tennessee to advance to Battle 4 Atlantis final

Does Mikal Bridges have the makings of a superstar?

At the beginning of November, I laid out the top 10 breakout candidates in the Big East and slotted Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo in at number one on the list. DiVincenzo has been as good as advertised (especially in the Wildcats' first two games), but maybe I was underestimating another Villanova player. That player: junior wing … Continue reading Does Mikal Bridges have the makings of a superstar?

Game Recap: Villanova wakes up in second half, cruises past Western Kentucky

The Villanova Wildcats started slow, but finished strong by defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 66 to 58, in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas on Wednesday afternoon. Nova led by just three points at the break before their overwhelming talent and experience took over. Jay Wright's team used a … Continue reading Game Recap: Villanova wakes up in second half, cruises past Western Kentucky