The Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team celebrated a second NCAA Tournament championship since 2016 Thursday morning with a parade along Market Street.
The parade started at 11 a.m. at 20th and Market streets, eventually making its way to 19th and Market streets and coming to a halt at City Hall in Center City.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of fans lined up in downtown Philadelphia to celebrate another sports championship with a parade, this time for Villanova University's Wildcats.
The winners of the men's basketball tournament rode double-decker buses along Market Street, the heart of the business district, ending at City Hall for a rally. They threw T-shirts into the cheering sea of blue and white and lifted the trophy aloft as confetti fluttered in the air.
SAN ANTONIO Villanova isnt considered a blue blood in the traditional sense, but that list might now have to expand soon for the modern day to include Jay Wrights program.
The Wildcats cut down the nets for the second time in three years Monday, which no team had done in that short of a window since Floridas back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.
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
There should be plenty of local interest in the NBA summer leagues. Fans should be able to see some recognizable names on the court during the next couple weeks.
Villanova basketball standout Kris Jenkins will join the Washington Wizards summer league team. Jenkins hit the game-winning jumpshot to lead Villanova over North Carolina to win the national championship in 2016.
NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps with an assist from the memory of Villanova's Kris Jenkins, viewership for the NCAA national championship game between Gonzaga and North Carolina was up 30 percent from last year.
The finale on Monday night, which aired on CBS, was watched by an average of 22.998 million viewers, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co.
The game peaked at 26.105 million viewers from 11:15-11:30 p.m. EDT and also garnered a record 4.4 million live video streams, Nielsen said.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For a whole year, the North Carolina Tar Heels wondered if they'd get another chance.
For a whole year, the Tar Heels thought about what might have been.
When Monday night's slugfest with Gonzaga came to a merciful end, the Heels had all their answers: The national title was theirs, the nets were hanging around their necks, the redemption tour was a success.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.
An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate.
Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache.
UNC fans, too, look for a different ending in second straight national championship game
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was on a roll, finishing the 2015-16 season 33-7 and then scoring commanding victories over Florida Gulf Coast, Providence, Indiana, Notre Dame and Syracuse in the 2016 NCAA men's basketball tournament.
In the national championship game, the Tar Heels had a chance when Marcus Paige's game-tying three pointer swished through the net with 4.7 seconds left.
There was probably no one happier than Roy Williams to avoid facing his former team in Kansas when the Jayhawks fell in Kansas City last weekend. But when he watched Oregon, he might have gotten a nightmare or two.
It almost seems like fate that the Tar Heels would get back here, a year removed from heartbreak at the hands of Villanova and Kris Jenkins – with a buzzer-beater of their own from Luke Maye.
It's the closing seconds of a tight game in the NCAA Tournament and the coach needs someone to take a big shot.
Experience helps, as does talent and preparation. There is another variable, too, that can't necessarily be quantified.
"Those kids, they're not afraid of the moment, and they really just rise to the occasion, all those clichés you want to use," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.
A popular theme throughout North Carolina’s NCAA Tournament has been the catch-phrase "Tar Heel redemption."
At least for my two cents worth, this is not about redemption and certainly not for last season’s loss to Villanova on a buzzer-beater in the championship game, 77-74. The Heels have no need to seek atonement for that game. It was one of the best in college basketball history, let alone in the season’s final game.
Luke Maye's teammates interrupted him answering questions on the court to hand him North Carolina's South Regional Championship trophy.
"Hold this, you deserve this," they told the game's MVP.
Villanova heads into the offseason licking its wounds after suffering a tough 65-62 defeat to Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Although it was a disappointing loss for the Wildcats, they should be in good shape moving forward.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court.
There would be no game-winning shot, no confetti-filled celebration, no more games. The defending champions — and No. 1 overall seed — are done.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kris Jenkins has spent most of the past year being asked to relive "The Shot."
Yep, that one.
Now Jenkins is getting questions about whether he can drop anything through the rim.
Villanova's senior forward, whose 3-pointer at the buzzer in last year's NCAA championship game forever changed his life and rocketed his school back to the top of college basketball's mountain, is stuck in one of those shooting funks that could rattle the average player.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper had the Tar Heels winning the NCAA Tournament in 2016. The most honorable fan in the state almost had it right, but Villanova's Kris Jenkins had the final say in Houston.
Cooper likes North Carolina's chances to get back to the Final Four this season, but changed his approach when filling out the official bracket inside the Governor's Mansion. Spoiler alert: Cooper is going for the reverse jinx in the regional finals.
A look at the best to come in the NCAA Tournament
This year's NCAA Tournament has a chance to be just as good as 2016, when Kris Jenkins capped March Madness the most dramatic way possible with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win Villanova a title.
North Carolina fans may not have liked it, but it was the perfect end to a wild tournament filled with upsets and great games. Plus, the Tar Heels are a No. 1 seed again opposite Villanova on the other side of the 68-team field, setting up the chance for a championship game rematch on April 3.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Along with the accolades, attention and autograph seekers, Villanova earned something else with its national championship.
In one year, the Wildcats have gone from the team that couldn't get past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament to the one to beat.
What a difference a shot makes. From chokers to champions.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — No. 1 Villanova (31-3) vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary's (20-15).
First round, East region; Buffalo, New York; 7:10 p.m. EDT.
Villanova could become 1st repeat champs in 10 years
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Kris Jenkins buried the 3-pointer that sparked book deals, red carpet photo ops, a White House trip, a handful of award banquets and hundreds of perks that come with winning a national championship.
But the national title did come with a tinge of pressure that lingered into this season — can Villanova beat the odds and become the first back-to-back national champs in 10 years?
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Joel Berry II still replays it in his mind, over and over.
The ball left the hand of Villanova's Kris Jenkins, reached the height of its arc as the horn sounded then dropped through the net a split second before confetti started falling from the rafters. And as the Wildcats celebrated a national championship, the Tar Heels walked off the court in Houston in disbelief.
Things to know about NCAA tourney: More upsets, rematch?
There are 67 games to be played over the next three weeks to determine the next national champion, a magical time known as the NCAA Tournament.
So what's in store in 2017? Is there any way to top the madness of last year's tournament filled with double-digit upsets and an incredible ending?
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheshire cat grins flashed across the faces of Villanova senior guards Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins as they pondered coming home to the D.C. area to face Georgetown one last time.
"Regular game, man," Hart said. "Regular game."
It was just a regular game because Hart and Jenkins again took control to lead No. 2 Villanova to an 81-55 rout of Georgetown on Saturday.
Paschall, Jenkins lead No. 2 Villanova past No. 23 Creighton
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova claimed another Big East regular-season title, but the Wildcats aren't ready to start celebrating. They are hoping to save that for later - just like last season.
Eric Paschall scored a season-high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 to help No. 2 Villanova clinch its fourth straight conference title with a 79-63 victory over No. 23 Creighton on Saturday.
Sapakoff: Super thriller streak - Clemson, CCU, Villanova, Patriots, Cubs, Cavaliers
Why do we love sports?
Spontaneous thrills at the highest level.
It doesn’t get any better than the three major championships in college and pro sports over the last year, a historically extraordinary run of late heroics at a half-dozen events that we might not see again.
And with a Palmetto State connection to four of the six titles.
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.
Hart scores 25, No. 1 Villanova beats Providence 78-68
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Hart saw an opportunity to drive with the ball and kept attacking the basket instead of shooting jumpers.
Hart scored 25 points, Kris Jenkins had 19 and No. 1 Villanova beat Providence 78-68 on Saturday.
The defending national champion Wildcats (19-1, 7-1 Big East) have won five straight since their only loss at Butler on Jan. 4 temporarily knocked them out of the No. 1 spot in The AP Top 25.
Jenkins, Brunson, lead No. 1 Villanova past Seton Hall 76-46
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jay Wright went home for a short break between a pregame meal and the latest Villanova game when his wife greeted the championship coach with a breaking news update: The Wildcats were again No. 1.
Yup, just another top billing for the national champs. Ascending to No. 1 for the first time in program history last season, the ranking has become pretty routine at this point for the perennial powerhouse.
"Can you believe we're at a point where it's just, 'yeah,'" Wright said.
No. 3 Villanova beats St. John’s 70-57
NEW YORK (AP) — Dante DiVincenzo, half of No. 3 Villanova's bench, came up with a career game when the starters needed a pick me up.
The Wildcats were missing 3-point attempts and getting outhustled by St. John's. It wasn't Big East preseason player of the year Josh Hart or national championship game hero Kris Jenkins or Jalen Brunson, considered one of the better point guards in the country who rallied the Wildcats. It was DiVincenzo, a redshirt freshman guard.
Jenkins, Hart lead No. 3 Villanova past No. 15 Xavier
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Kris Jenkins had etched his name in Villanova lore with the shot of all shots — The Big Shot — when he won a national championship with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Jenkins' career didn't stop that April night in Houston.
It's what he's done this season for the Wildcats that left coach Jay Wright as impressed as he was when he walked off the championship court with confetti fluttering in the air.
"I've been amazed, actually," Wright said. "He's humble. He wants to get better."
No. 1 Villanova 3-point happy in 93-81 win over Marquette
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Villanova's new T-shirt cannon that it hyped on social media was a dud.
The first couple of shots fizzled and shirts plopped to the ground before the machine malfunctioned and the tees had to be manually tossed to the crowd. The Nova cannon was even booed as it was rolled off the court.
No. 1 Nova won’t let loss spoil Big East championship chase
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart fled from the fans that rushed the court before Villanova got lost in the swarm that turned the angry Bulldog mascot stamped on halfcourt into the site of an impromptu mosh pit.
The Wildcats are used to mayhem on the court — the confetti, the hugs, the wild celebration stretching deep into the night.
No. 1 Villanova beats Temple 78-57 for 17th straight victory
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Josh Hart shined again as a player of the year candidate in front of a slew of NBA stars that had to know he will join them next season.
"Josh Hart everyone!" teammate Kris Jenkins yelled as the Wildcats entered the media center.
Hart raised his arms in triumph.
"The guy who made the shot right behind me," Hart said.
No. 2 Villanova beats Penn 82-57 in latest city series romp
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kris Jenkins already made the biggest basket in Villanova history, so he can be excused a bit that he was unaware he was so close to a career points milestone.
Assigned to shoot free throws after Penn was whistled for a technical foul, Jenkins stood alone at the line and sank the first one for career point 999. He calmly made the second attempt and hit No. 1,000.
No. 2 Villanova beats Penn 82-57 in latest city series romp
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kris Jenkins hit six 3s and scored 22 points and Josh Hart had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 2 Villanova past Penn 82-57 on Tuesday night.
The issue for the College of Charleston Wednesday night against the defending national champions wasn't the Cougars defense.
The Cougars defense was solid again, keeping the high-powered Villanova offense well below its season scoring average and forcing the Wildcats to shoot just 43 percent from the floor.
In the second half alone the Cougars held Villanova without a field goal for more than nine minutes.
Hart, Jenkins lead Villanova past Charleston, 63-47
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jay Wright and his Villanova players are ready to enjoy Thanksgiving and take a much-needed break from basketball.
Josh Hart had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Kris Jenkins scored 11 points and No. 2 Villanova knocked off feisty College of Charleston 63-47 on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats improved to 6-0 a season after winning the national championship but struggled to put away the overmatched Cougars in their fourth game in seven days and their sixth in 13.
No. 3 Villanova tops Western Michigan 76-65
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins watched his team slice a double-digit lead to three points against defending national champion Villanova. Then the third-ranked Wildcats showed once more they're built to handle tough games.
No. 3 Villanova tops Western Michigan 76-65
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Eric Paschall had 17 points, including a 3-pointer with 2:50 to go, to help rally No. 3 Villanova past Western Michigan 76-65 at the Charleston Classic on Thursday.
No. 4 Villanova opens title defense with romp over Lafayette
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Kris Jenkins hit a 3-pointer without much hoopla.
He wasn't mobbed by his Villanova teammates and confetti didn't rain from the rafters. No streamers, no hysterical fans. Jenkins simply hustled back for a routine defensive assignment.
His first 3 of the game simply helped the Wildcats open the season the same way they ended the last one — with a win.
Villanova, Wright chasing title repeat with lessons from run
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jay Wright slipped in and out of his competitive consciousness in the national championship game. He cringed as a coach as Villanova's late lead trickled away against North Carolina. He loved the frenzy as a basketball fan watching the Wildcats and Tar Heels go shot-for-shot in one of the NCAA Tournament's classic finals.
Who is on your very early NCAA men’s hoops bracket?
It's pretty safe to say that as soon as Kris Jenkins' 3-pointer made Villanova a national champion, somebody predicted what the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket would look like.
Waiting until the start of the season doesn't seem to be too smart of an idea either, but what the heck? Here's one man's early predictions for March Madness, which is four months and approximately 10,500 games away.
This won't be a line-by-line breakdown, but rather a cut-and-run look at what might happen.
Duke’s Allen leads AP preseason All-America team
Josh Hart is off to a stellar start as a member of the defending national champions.
The 6-foot-5 swingman from Villanova will begin his senior season on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.
Hart, the Big East's preseason player of the year, received 53 votes from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.
Grayson Allen of Duke was the top vote-getter with 61, four more than Ivan Rabb of California.
Nova’s Jenkins tries to keep fame from ‘shot’ in perspective
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Rihanna headlined the Made in America music festival in Philadelphia last month, and some of the national champion Villanova Wildcats wanted to go.
The Wildcat who runs this town tonight — and maybe forever — just felt like staying home.
Kris Jenkins needed a break from the fans who know him as Big Smooth. He just needed peace.
Could it be, Jenkins bigger than Jay Z?
"In this town," teammate Josh Hart said, laughing, "definitely."