Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Hornets for 50th win
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered for Milwaukee once again, and Brook Lopez got going inside.
McCollum scores 40 as Trail Blazers beat Bucks 118-103
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 40 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Milwaukee 118-103 on Tuesday night, handing the Bucks their second loss in 10 games this season.
McCollum, who entered shooting well below his career averages, went 17 for 26 from the field and added six assists. Evan Turner had 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Blazers (8-3).
Villanova Preview Capsule
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova
Last season: 36-4, won third national championship in school history.
Coach: Jay Wright
Conference: Big East
Who's gone: Point guard Jalen Brunson, F Omari Spellman, F Mikal Bridges, G Donte DiVincenzo are all in the NBA.
National champion Villanova reloads after 4 key losses
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — The banner for Villanova's 2018 national championship was dropped from the rafters as "We Are The Champions" roared during the grand opening of the program's $65 million renovated arena.
It couldn't be missed.
As for the Wildcats who helped lead them to their second title in three seasons, well, they'll be a bit harder to find around campus.
Bucks acquire Meeks from Wizards, teams swap 2nd-rounders
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired suspended guard Jodie Meeks, a future second-round draft pick and cash from the Wizards, sending a future second-round pick back to Washington.
The NBA suspended Meeks in April for 25 games for a violation of the league's drug program. He has 19 games left on the suspension.
Smashing debut: Giannis, Bucks cruise in new arena’s opener
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks put on a smashing opening-night performance at their new arena.
Antetokounmpo had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the Bucks routed the Chicago Bulls 116-82 on Wednesday night in the first game at the Fiserv Forum.
The Bucks had the look of contenders under new coach Mike Budenholzer, scoring 63 points in the first half of their preseason opener and leading by as much as 34 points.
Meet the basketball coach behind Delaware’s wunderkinds
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo and Trevon Duval have plenty in common.
They are both aiming to be the first Delawareans to stick out in the NBA since the turn of the century. They both are starting their NBA journey with the Milwaukee Bucks organization.
And they both crafted their game with the same coach in Delaware, Aquil Reaves.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo's dad can dust off the old Milwaukee Bucks jerseys he used wear as a fan while he was growing up.
DiVincenzo will be able to hook his father up with some new gear soon, too.
The Villanova guard was formally introduced Monday in Milwaukee at the Bucks' downtown training facility. The team drafted him last week in the first round with the 17th overall pick.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo's draft stock started rising after a breakout performance in the NCAA Tournament championship game.
Now the sixth man for Villanova's title-winning squad is a first-round draft choice for one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams. The Milwaukee Bucks selected DiVincenzo with the 17th overall pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night.
DiVincenzo fills a critical need for a perimeter shooter in Milwaukee, where he should feel comfortable coming off the bench as a rookie.
An international prospect with tantalizing potential and several college freshmen headline the list of wings in the NBA draft.
Luka Doncic, the 19-year-old Slovenian playing in Spain, is mentioned as a possible No. 1 overall pick. After Doncic is a group featuring Miami's Lonnie Walker IV as a possible late lottery pick, as well as first-round prospects in Oregon's Troy Brown and Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo — the Final Four's most outstanding player in April.
Donte DiVincenzo's plan was to come out and test the NBA draft waters this spring, with the expectation that he would be returning to Villanova for another season.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo is adapting just fine to his changing life.
He's jet-setting from one NBA city to another, working out in front of curious coaches and inquisitive general managers. He's more at ease now that he's gotten past the big draft decision, and the 6-foot-4 guard finds it a little more challenging to go out, too.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Big East freshman of the year Omari Spellman is staying in the NBA draft after helping Villanova win the national championship.
The school announced Spellman's decision Wednesday, the final day of the NCAA deadline for players who haven't hired an agent to withdraw from the draft and return to school. Spellman joins Donte DiVincenzo, Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges as Wildcats who left the champs for the NBA with eligibility remaining.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Final Four most outstanding player Donte DiVincenzo is staying in the NBA draft after helping Villanova win the national championship.
The school announced DiVincenzo's decision Tuesday, the day before the NCAA deadline for players who haven't hired an agent to withdraw from the draft and return to school. The 6-foot-5 guard had two years of eligibility remaining.
Pitt’s O’Neill also saw `that look’ in DiVincenzo’s eyes when they were in high school
No one enjoyed watching Donte DiVincenzo score 31 points in the national championship game more than former Pitt offensive tackle Brian O'Neill.
It wasn't the first time O'Neill saw DiVincenzo win a major trophy.
The pair were teammates at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del., where they won the state basketball championship in 2014. (DiVincenzo won another the next year when O'Neill was at Pitt.)
The Villanova Wildcats are kings of NCAA men's basketball for the second time in three seasons after Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench to score a game-high 31 points in a 79-62 win over Michigan. DiVincenzo contributed eight straight Villanova points in a second-half run and shot 5-7 from three-point range in becoming the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Mikal Bridges added 19 points on 7-12 shooting to help the Wildcats overcome a quiet performance from Jalen Brunson, who spent most of the night in foul trouble and finished with nine points on 4-13 from the floor.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Amid chants of "Nova! Nova!" Villanova students and fans loudly welcomed their men's basketball team back to campus Tuesday night, a day after the Wildcats claimed their second national championship in three years.
Players were treated like rock stars as they made their way into the ancient Jake Nevin Field House for a celebration.
"What's better than this?" coach Jay Wright said as the crowd roared.
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San Antonio — Michigan had seen this movie before and, quite frankly, the Wolverines would have been happy to never see it again.
But just like in 2013 when the Wolverines were last in the national championship game, it was once again a player off the bench who proved too much for Michigan to overcome.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo's biggest contribution to Villanova's 2016 national championship was made at practice, often playing the role of the opponents' best player.
The Michael Jordan of Delaware, as his teammates call him, has come a long way from a redshirt freshman season that was frustrating at times, but probably helped set the stage for a bigger role toward Villanova's next national championship.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament (all times local):
Villanova has its second national championship in three years after a 79-62 victory over Michigan.
The Wildcats went 31 years between their first title in 1985 and their second one two years ago in Houston. Coach Jay Wright and Villanova didn't have to wait very long for another one.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Somewhere between all those heart-stoppers and tearjerkers, all the upset-riddled brackets and things we'd never seen before, the best team in college basketball was hiding in plain sight.
How could anyone have missed Villanova?
Sparked by a 31-point night off the bench from Donte DiVincenzo, the Wildcats defeated Michigan 79-62 on Monday night to cap one of the most dominating NCAA Tournament runs ever seen.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — When he wasn't dribbling behind his back, winking to the TV announcers, stuffing shots or dishing out assists, Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo was making it rain.
Later on, confetti.
The redhead kid with the nickname Big Ragu came off the bench to make five 3s and score 31 points Monday to lift 'Nova to another blowout victory in the NCAA Tournament — this time 79-62 over Michigan for its second national title in three seasons.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Michigan's Zavier Simpson caught a quick pass, took a dribble to the rim and went up for what should've been an easy layup.
That's when Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo come flying in from behind to stuff the layup into the side of the rim and force a possession-changing jump ball.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Michigan's starters trudged to the bench in weary succession, watching with towel-covered heads in their hands while the waning minutes of the NCAA Tournament championship game dropped away.
After finding answers to every problem during their 14-game winning streak, the Wolverines' final test of the season had been just too tough.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Villanova looked nervous early, a step slow. All those 3-pointers the Wildcats typically make, clanging.
Donte DiVincenzo gave the Wildcats an unexpected spark. Their defense, unsurprisingly, did the rest.
DiVincenzo scored 31 points off the bench, Villanova swarmed the 3-point arc and the Wildcats turned their second national title in three years into a rout with a 79-62 victory over Michigan on Monday night.
San Antonio – All that separated Michigan from lasting glory was 40 minutes and one of the nation's best offenses.
The third-seeded Wolverines were up to the test much of the first half. They frustrated Villanova star guard and national player of the year Jalen Brunson, and limited star forward Mikal Bridges.
San Antonio – Michigan's run in the NCAA Tournament came one win short of the program's second national title as Villanova beat the Wolverines, 79-62, at the Alamodome on Monday night.
The Wildcats have now won two of the last three national titles and coach Jay Wright joins Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams as the only active coaches with multiple championships.
San Antonio — Michigan made it this far on sweat and defensive effort, farther than anyone expected. They looked occasionally daunting and occasionally human, and then ran smack into a machine that made them look completely human.
‘Big Ragu’ DiVincenzo provides right sauce for Villanova against Alabama
Don't let the red hair fool you: no Irish blood runs through Donte DiVincenzo's veins.
But the Villanova redshirt sophomore still made the most of St. Patrick's Day, playing a starring role in the Wildcats' 81-58 victory over Alabama in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.
NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh: A closer look at Villanova’s 81-58 win over Alabama
VILLANOVA 81, ALABAMA 58
It was over when: Villanova came out of halftime firing. Up five points at the break, the top-seeded Wildcats buried Alabama in a barrage of 3-pointers and dunks. They started the second half with an 18-1 run and coasted to the victory.
NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh: A closer look at Villanova’s 87-61 win over Radford
Villanova 87, Radford 61
It was over when: Villanova got hot, which was almost immediately. After missing their first 3-point attempt of the game, Villanova hit their next four: Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo made 3-pointers on successive possessions. They got up double digits under six minutes into the game and never lost that edge.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jay Wright had some late-night restlessness because he could not turn off the TV as long as Virginia and UMBC were still playing. He met his Villanova team in the morning and the players at the breakfast tables were buzzing over basketball's biggest upset.
The reverberation from the 16-over-1 stunner was felt by another tourney top seed.
"There was a lot of attention with that," guard Donte DiVincenzo said. "We're a 1 seed so it was more attention for us."
It’s going to be a busy week for several Big 5 teams going into conference tournament play. For most college basketball teams, they will be participating in what is known as Championship Week. It’s a big part of March Madness.
Villanova (27-4) ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll will face DePaul/Marquette on Thursday, March 8 in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
DiVincenzo, Brunson, No. 1 Villanova rally past Butler 86-75
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trailing by double digits and missing two key starters, No. 1 Villanova was plummeting toward its worst week in five years.
Donte DiVincenzo wouldn't let it happen.
DiVincenzo scored a career-high 30 points, Jalen Brunson had 27 and No. 1 Villanova bounced back from its second loss of the season, rallying past Butler 86-75 Saturday.
Brunson, No. 1 Villanova hold on, beat Marquette 85-82
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Called on to start, Donte DiVincenzo supplied Villanova with a lift from the opening tip and never let up.
The top-ranked Wildcats avoided another upset in Milwaukee by surviving an injury scare to preseason All-American Jalen Brunson and getting key contributions from DiVincenzo in place of sidelined guard Phil Booth.
Brunson scored 31 points despite leaving briefly with an ankle injury, while DiVincenzo added 23 and a key bucket late in an 85-82 win Sunday over Marquette.
Top-ranked Villanova routs former Big East rival UConn 81-61
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Top-ranked Villanova didn't shoot particularly well against UConn, but routed their former Big East rivals thanks to defense and rebounding.
Jalen Brunson scored 23 points and Donte DiVincenzo added 17 points off the bench to lead the Wildcats to an 81-61 win, completing their non-conference schedule at 13-0.
Jalen Adams scored 19 and Christian Vital had 15 for UConn (10-9), which has now lost five games this season by at least 20 points.
No. 1 Villanova holds off Ponds, St. John’s in 78-71 win
NEW YORK (AP) — Shamorie Ponds shushed the Villanova fans who packed Amtrak and sat in Madison Square Garden expecting one more blowout win for the top-ranked Wildcats.
Ponds punished his body as he crashed the lane for tough buckets — going up-and-under and seemingly straight through defenders — and gave hapless St. John's a glimmer of hope that a shocker on a three-decade waiting list might be on tap.
Brunson leads No. 1 Villanova in rout of Temple
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Brunson helped Villanova continue its remarkable reign of Philadelphia.
Brunson had 22 of his career-high 31 points in No. 1 Villanova's dominating first half and Omari Spellman scored 27 to help lead the Wildcats to an 87-67 rout of Temple on Wednesday night.
"He was incredible," Villanova coach Jay Wright said of Brunson.
Donte DiVincenzo added 12 points for Villanova (11-0), which won its unprecedented 22nd straight Big 5 game.
DiVincenzo, Booth rally No. 4 Villanova past La Salle 77-68
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Duke's run at No. 1 ended with a court-storming loss at Boston College and No. 2 Kansas wilted in a rare home loss.
Undaunted and undefeated, Villanova is charging toward the top spot.
"We played the next No. 1 team in the country," La Salle coach John Giannini said Sunday.
NEW YORK – Villanova has a balanced crew with a number of playmakers but junior guard Jalen Brunson usually orchestrates one of the nation’s better offenses.
He started on Villanova’s 2016 national championship team. He’s a legitimate player of the year candidate.
Brunson leads No. 4 Villanova to rout of Penn
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — The venue, and its deafening noise, was different, but the result was the same for Villanova. The fourth-ranked Wildcats rolled past yet another Philadelphia opponent.
Jalen Brunson had 17 points to lead five players in double figures as Villanova routed Penn 90-62 on Wednesday night.
Villanova Preview Capsule
Last season: 32-4, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach Jay Wright
Conference: Big East
Who's gone: G Josh Hart, G Kris Jenkins, F Darryl Reynolds
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — No. 1 seed Villanova (32-3) vs. No. 8 seed Wisconsin (26-9).
Second round, East region, Buffalo, New York, 2:40 p.m. EDT.
For 20 minutes, Villanova looked ordinary, vulnerable, may be even a little scared.
The Wildcats finished like champions.
Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and the NCAA tournament’s top seed shook off a shocking start and stumbled forward in the East Regional last night in Buffalo with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary’s.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — For 20 minutes, Villanova looked ordinary, vulnerable, may be even a little scared.
The Wildcats finished like champions.
Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and the NCAA Tournament's top seed shook off a shocking start and stumbled forward in the East region Thursday night with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's.
Villanova dominates St. John’s in record-setting win
NEW YORK (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo had 25 points, Kris Jenkins added 24 and No. 2 Villanova cruised past St. John's 108-67 on Thursday in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.
The Wildcats, who had six players score in double figures, set team tournament records for points scored and margin of victory.
Defending National Champion Villanova will head up to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the Big East Conference tournament on March 9 with a bunch of honors. The No. 2-ranked and Big East regular season titlist champions have garnered a number of accolades.
Brunson’s 17 lead No. 2 Villanova over No. 24 Xavier 73-57
CINCINNATI (AP) — When Xavier's Trevon Bluiett limped off the court, a matchup of the Big East's top scorers turned into another workmanlike win for No. 2 Villanova.
Hart, DiVincenzo lead Villanova past St. John’s 92-79
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Less than a week ago, Donte DiVincenzo's only bucket at the Wells Fargo Center came right at the buzzer.
Six days later in the same arena, the redshirt freshman reeled off 11 straight points in an impressive flurry.
DiVincenzo scored a career-high 20 points, and No. 4 Villanova beat St. John's 92-79 on Saturday night.