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March Madness Roundup: ‘Nova Cruises, Temple & Joe’s Fall in Heartbreakers

March 21st, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on March Madness Roundup: ‘Nova Cruises, Temple & Joe’s Fall in Heartbreakers | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General
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Source: WPVI-Philadelphia

For only the third time since the 2000 NCAA Tournament, the city of Philadelphia was being represented by three teams in the tournament nicknamed “March Madness.” For a short time, Philadelphia had suddenly become a hotbed for college basketball talk. Villanova, coming off of a strong 29-win season, earned a two-seed in the South region, while Temple was handed the tenth-seed in that same region. Luckily for Jay Wright’s and Fran Dunphy’s squads, they only had to make the short trip to Brooklyn for their games. Unfortunately, Phil Martelli’s Hawks got the unlucky draw of a cross-country trip to Spokane, Washington, where the eighth-seeded Hawks would do battle with the ninth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats.

With all three games being played on Friday, the city was on pins and needles all day. The Wildcats got things off to a great start, steamrolling UNC Asheville by a whopping 30 points. Daniel Ochefu led the ‘Cats with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while ‘Nova shot 57.9% from the field as a team. Arguably, Villanova’s strongest skill is their three-point shooting, of which they shot just over 46% against the Bulldogs. Things were iffy early on, as Asheville hung around until about the 4:45 mark of the first half, when the Wildcats began what would amount to an 18-7 run, that would leave ‘Nova in the lead by 14 at the half. From there, the second-seeded Villanova was on cruise control, with the terrifying question beginning to re-appear; can they advance past the first weekend?

Following the Wildcats, were the Temple Owls. The 10th-seeded Owls were set to take on the 7th-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes opened up the game, sinking six-of-nine three-point attempts. After jumping out to a 28-18 lead, both Iowa and Temple traded shots for the rest of the game. With five minutes left in the game, the Owls trailed 61-53. Amazingly, only twelve points were scored over the remaining five minutes, including three clutch free-throws by Temple’s Quenton DeCosey that tied the game at 63 with two seconds left. The level of play would carry over to the extra period, as both teams left it all out on the court. Unfortunately for the Owls, they were bested by Iowa big man Adam Woodbury, who put back the second-chance layup to give the Hawkeyes the stunning buzzer-beater. Philly was now down to a pair of teams in the “Big Dance.”

To watch the heartbreaking end, click on the link below.

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History Made at Villanova

September 25th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on History Made at Villanova | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, TalkSportsPhilly
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History Made!

The annual Schuylkill rivalry between the Villanova Wildcats and Penn Quakers was one for the ages, as Penn knocked off Villanova 24-13 under the lights at Villanova Stadium. The game start was pushed back from Saturday night to Thursday due to the arrival of Pope Francis. It was the first time since 2005 that Villanova played a Thursday night home game. A lot of history was made as Penn defeated Nova for the first time since 1911, to put that in perspective Franklin Field, home of the Quakers, was only in its sixteenth year of existence. This win was quite memorable for head coach Ray Priore, not only was it his first victory with the Quakers, but his first against Nova and a ranked team. Talk about a first impression.

There was very little for Villanova to celebrate as the team looked flat throughout the entire game. After coming off a big win versus Delaware last week, where red shirt freshmen quarterback Zach Bednarczyk led the team to victory (after taking over for the injured starting QB John Robertson who went down with a PCL injury), the team could simply not put anything together. After the first half the Wildcats went three and out three times and coughed up the football, which eventually led to a Penn touch down. The Wildcats only owned possession of the ball for a little over twenty minutes, whereas Penn owned possession for just under forty.

The numbers certainly do not lie as Penn took advantage of just about every one of their drives. The Quakers converted multiple third downs and were assisted by the multiple penalties taken by Villanova on a couple of fourth downs. Penn’s wide receiver Justin Watson had quite the night as he recorded five receptions for 87 yards including two touchdowns. Quakers quarterback Alek Torgersen wound up completing 14 of 22 passes for 171 yards, including the two touchdown passes to Watson. That would be just about all the offense Penn would need. With just under six minutes to go in the game, the Wildcats found themselves close to narrowing Penn’s 17-7 margin as they drove all the way to Penn’s fifteen yard line. However as luck would have it, Villanova’s running back Javon White would cough up the football at Penn’s ten yard line, and linebacker Donald Panciello would return it for a ninety-three yard touchdown. That was the longest recorded fumble return against Villanova. As mentioned earlier, tons of history was made during this game and it will be one spoken about for many years to come.


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Let’s Go Wildcats! Do Philly Proud!

December 18th, 2009 by Leo | 4 Comments | Filed in College Sports, Football, General

Villanova and Montana will play on Friday night at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga to determine the 2009 FCS National Championship.  This post will have  updates on the game in Chattanooga as it happens.

Some of our Philly boys are gonna stomp some Montana butt in Tennessee.

So, talksportsPhilly salutes our Villanova team and hope to see you in the top division soon.

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First Quarter Update:

Score 0-0 and Villanova has the ball after a botched fake field goal by Montana.

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It kills me to say this, but Villanova is the truth

November 11th, 2009 by | 7 Comments | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

Did you ever have that girl from your neighborhood that you constantly annoyed? Maybe you always told her that she was ugly? Maybe you called her annoying and obnoxious? But why did you make fun of her? Deep down, you loved this girl. No matter how much it burned you to say it, you thought she was attractive. You thought she was a real winner. Welcome to my world, boys and girls. No matter how much it pains me to say this, I have to come clean. As a student at Saint Joe’s, you are constantly told that “Friends don’t let Friends go to Nova”. You hate that they call themselves a “city school” when they reap the benefits of a Main Line location. You hate that they always frown upon the education you receive on City Ave. You hate the idea that they believe that they are God’s gift to the world. And it kills you deep down that they still talk about their National Championship they won on the hardwood almost 25 years ago. But I’ve come to realize that things are changing. I don’t hate Villanova. I’m simply a jealous sports fan. So here it goes…the Villanova Wildcats will get back to the Final Four, and dare I say, are my wildcard pick to win the National Championship this season. Kansas has a deep roster of NBA- ready talent, MSU has a slate of returning starters, and Carolina simply reloaded. But Villanova has the talent and the experience to make the run. And if they did, I would embrace it. Here’s why.

Scottie Reynolds is their leader, their general on the floor. I mean, he’s no Willy Green, but that’s beside the point. Here’s a kid who truly looks like he’s having fun out there on the court. He may not always appear to be the best player out there, but the kid is clutch (maybe you need to see the last shot from the Elite 8 contest with Pitt as a reminder). Now, his game may not translate over to the NBA, but for the system that they operate in Radnor Township, his ability to fly down the court truly makes one believe that Nova can hang with the big boys. But it’s not just Reynolds, it’s Corey Fisher, too. He’s in the same mold as Reynolds, but simply has a better jump shot. Fisher is a kid who was a McDonald’s All-American in high school, only to find himself splitting time with Reynolds during last year’s journey to Detroit. These two will make up the best backcourt in America (and if Jay Wright had his way, he’d probably have 5 starters listed as guards).

They have their role players. Reggie Redding is a stud who is not necessarily known for his offensive abilities. But the kid plays lockdown defense. Now although he’ll miss the first semester due to some… cough…cough…legal problems…cough …cough….Redding will find his way into the starting lineup come January. And believe it when I say it, his ability to immediately step in and provide his abilities will be crucial if the Cats hope of making another run at a trophy. They also have Taylor King. Yep, while SJU is getting transfers from JUCO schools, Nova is picking up 6th men from Duke. Can you understand why some Hawks fans are bitter towards them? King will step in and provide some depth to their front court, an area where they’ll need some improvement if Nova intends on cutting down the nets in Indy this April.

Oh, they have some prime time recruits, too. Maalik Wayns was one of the top 25 high school players in the country last year. A guard out of Roman Catholic, he will be able to provide relief to the efforts of Reynolds and Fisher. Dominic Cheek, a 3-guard out of perennial powerhouse St. Anthony’s, can provide explosiveness at the rim with his powerful ability to finish. Pair this with the services of Corey Stokes and Antonio Pena, returning role players from the 08-09 squad, and you have a force to be reckoned with.

These players are gritty, hard-nosed talents that will do anything to win ballgames. But that’s not even the part of their team that I admire the most. That title would belong to Jay Wright. He’s young, charismatic, and has a personality of a winner (Does the old, bald, and ugly Martelli even compare? Nah, didn’t think so). He has suits that make Frank Sinatra look like a homeless man. He is able to relate with today’s young players. And when you look at the man, the first word that comes to mind is cool. With a coach like that, it makes it easy to root for this particular team. It’s only somewhat of a challenge when that team is Villanova. But even in my case, it’s a no-brainer. That’s why, when push comes to shove, I’ll root for this Villanova team. Because no matter how much I’ll say out loud that this Cats team is ugly, I have the biggest crush in the world.

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