NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The four blueblood programs that have descended upon the Superdome for the Final Four all have the ability to recruit on a national scale, their coaches able to hop aboard a jet on a moment's notice to sit in a living room or take in a game.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The post origination story, as Villanova coach Jay Wright recalls, began with Ryan Arcidiacono.
The 6-foot-3 point guard had a knack for posting up defenders, even bigger ones, so Wright started calling plays for him in the paint.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Collin Gillespie's knee injury put a damper on Villanova's March last season, leaving the Wildcats without one of the steadiest floor leaders in college basketball.
Villanova did its best without Gillespie's shooting and grittiness, but ended up bowing out in the Sweet 16.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jermaine Samuels and Collin Gillespie were both on the floor for the final seconds of Villanova’s national championship game victory four years ago. They were true freshmen on a title team with five NBA-bound players.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Villanova Wildcats have made quite a second home for themselves in the Alamo City, where they won a national championship in 2018 and are carving a path toward another.
Jermaine Samuels scored 22 points, Collin Gillespie scored 12 and made a key 3-pointer late, and Villanova controlled Michigan in a 63-55 Sweet 16 victory on Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Collin Gillespie, Jermaine Samuels and Villanova are back in the city of the Alamo for the first time since winning the national championship there four years ago. Even the opponent is the same, though in a different arena for this somewhat unexpected Sweet 16 matchup against Michigan.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Collin Gillespie saw Eric Dixon out of the corner of his eye and sent a cross-court pass that doubled as permission to let it fly.
So Dixon did, knocking down the biggest shot of his team's season, one that sent the second-seeded Wildcats back to familiar territory against a familiar opponent on a familiar stage.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Villanova's hangover from another Big East title lasted maybe 10 minutes. Once the Wildcats found their footing, they ran away from scrappy Delaware.
NEW YORK (AP) — While Collin Gillespie waited to twirl the souvenir net from atop a ladder he could not have climbed a year ago, he was spotted by another former Villanova star who knows how to win a championship game in crunch time.
NEW YORK (AP) — After falling way behind, Villanova fought back and showed its championship pedigree.
St. John's reverted to form, too, coming up short in a close game.
That's why the Wildcats are still playing for prizes and the Red Storm are thinking NIT.
NEW YORK (AP) — Collin Gillespie came back to Villanova and filled up his trophy case.
The senior guard won his second consecutive Big East player of the year award Wednesday, and Ed Cooley was selected coach of the year after guiding Providence to its first regular-season championship.
NEW YORK (AP) — Villanova guard Collin Gillespie was the only unanimous pick for the all-Big East team Sunday, and St. John's forward Julian Champagnie joined him as a repeat selection.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — If the shot-for-shot battle down the stretch between Providence and Villanova was a sneak peek of what's ahead in March, Madison Square Garden may be in for quite a show.
Caleb Daniels scored 20 points, Eric Dixon added 15 and Collin Gillespie 14 as No.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — R.J. Cole hit a driving floater with 5.9 seconds left and then took a charge at the other end of the court to rally No. 21 UConn to a 71-69 win over No. 8 Villanova on Tuesday night.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn’s first win over Villanova during the Dan Hurley era came with the head coach watching the game on television in the back of the arena.
R.J. Cole hit a driving floater with 5.9 seconds left and then took a charge from Collin Gillespie at the other end of the court to rally No.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Collin Gillespie had five 3-pointers and a career-high 33 points, including a key 3 with 23 seconds left, and 10th-ranked Villanova held on to beat eighth-ranked Providence 89-84 on Tuesday night.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A swollen ankle kept Villanova guard Collin Gillespie from practicing leading up to the Wildcats' matchup against Big East-leading Providence.
It didn't keep him from playing his best game of the season.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Playing on injured ankles that has limited their capabilities, Justin Moore and Collin Gillespie stepped up when Villanova needed them most Saturday afternoon.
Moore scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half while Gillespie grabbed a critical offensive rebound inside the final minute to help the No.
NEW YORK (AP) — Collin Gillespie was able to play — he just couldn't score. And still Villanova hung on.
Justin Moore scored 16 points on a sore ankle and the No. 15 Wildcats held off a furious late charge by St.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Collin Gillespie received a roaring ovation from nearly 19,000 fans when Villanova's leading scorer returned to the bench after a sprained right ankle sent him to the locker room.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Caleb Daniels blocked a shot into the student section in the waning minutes and came right for a driving bucket that sealed one more Villanova win.
Now comes the hard part for the Wildcats: a defining stretch that could determine which team wins the Big East.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — DePaul coach Tony Stubblefield heard the whopper of a number of losses in his program's 14-year losing streak to Villanova and, yes, actually wants it added to the next the scouting report.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Collin Gillespie scored 28 points, Justin Moore added 19 and No. 11 Villanova won at Georgetown 85-74 on Saturday.
Gillespie connected on 6 of 9 3-pointers, including four in the second half.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Collin Gillespie hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, and Justin Moore scored 15 points to lead No. 14 Villanova to its sixth straight win, 82-42 over Butler on Sunday.
The Wildcats (13-4, 6-1 Big East) are rolling again since dropping their conference opener and never let Butler get comfortable at the Wells Fargo Center.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Wright heard hollering from the Villanova fans who lingered at a bar near his postgame news conference and the Hall of Fame coach needed a score update.
It was bad news for Wright — the Philadelphia Eagles were losing a playoff game.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Collin Gillespie scored 21 points, Justin Moore had 16 and No. 14 Villanova held off No. 17 Xavier 64-60 on Wednesday night.
Moore, the reigning Big East player of the week, scored 10 points in the second half and finished with nine rebounds to help the Wildcats (12-4, 5-1 Big East) win their fifth straight.
CHICAGO (AP) — Collin Gillespie scored a season-high 28 points, and No. 19 Villanova beat DePaul 79-64 on Saturday.
After a slow start, Gillespie shot 5 of 9 and went 5 of 5 at the free throw line in the second half as the Wildcats (11-4, 4-1 Big East) earned their fourth straight win.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova wasn’t going to get “out-toughed” this time.
Justin Moore scored 22 points and Jermaine Samuels added 18 to lead the 19th-ranked Wildcats to a 75-41 blowout of Creighton on Wednesday night.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright isn't a big fan of playing on New Year's Day. It takes away from celebrating the night before and facing a tough and physical Seton Hall is never fun, even when they are shorthanded.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Justin Moore scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime and Caleb Daniels added 16 points to lead No. 23 Villanova to a 71-58 victory over No. 18 Xavier on Tuesday night.
Collin Gillespie and Eric Dixon each had 15 points for the Wildcats (8-4, 1-1 Big East), who bounced back from consecutive blowout losses.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Not much was expected of Creighton this season, not with its roster full of newcomers.
The Bluejays might be better than thought, judging by their performance against Villanova on Friday night.
WACO, Texas (AP) — No matter where Villanova guards Justin Moore and Collin Gillespie turned, there was another Baylor defender smothering them.
And now the defending national champion Bears are poised to be No.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Wright spotted the fans in orange wigs and heard the dueling chants for Syracuse and Villanova the moment he stepped on the Garden court.
For a Big East fan himself, the Wildcats coach felt the buzz in the stands with the dormant rivalry renewed.
SEATTLE (AP) — Jaden Shackelford scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half, Jahvon Quinerly and JD Davison both hit key 3-pointers later, and No. 16 Alabama held off Gonzaga’s big second-half rally for a 91-82 win over the third-ranked Bulldogs.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Collin Gillespie scored 23 points to lead No. 6 Villanova to an 81-52 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Saturday.
Justin Moore added 16 points and Eric Dixon had 12 for the short-handed Wildcats (6-2), who won their 10th straight in a series dating to 1921 between the Big Five rivals that are separated by just seven miles.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Collin Gillespie has played so long at Villanova that the guard has become a de facto coach on the court. He tells his teammates where they should be, sets up the next play and echoes all the pregame instruction from coach Jay Wright.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Collin Gillespie scored 13 points in a balanced team effort, and No. 7 Villanova beat La Salle 72-46 on Sunday night.
Brandon Slater added 12 points and Caleb Daniels and Eric Dixon each had 11 for the Wildcats (4-2), who played for the first time since a Nov.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Christian Braun had 18 points and seven rebounds, Ochai Agbaji added 17 points, and No. 4 Kansas beat Iona 96-83 on Sunday in the first meeting between Hall of Fame coaches Bill Self and Rick Pitino.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jermaine Samuels scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 5 Villanova eased to a 71-53 win over No. 17 Tennessee on Saturday in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The game between Villanova and Tennessee was billed as a classic matchup between the Wildcats veteran leader, Collin Gillespie, and the Volunteers' young star-of-the-future, Kennedy Chandler.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jay Wright lowered his head and speed-walked to the locker room at halftime to try and figure out what he just saw. Howard, a small program trying to make a big statement, hit about every shot in sight and had an upset on its mind.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — ohnny Juzang scored 25 points and No. 2 UCLA overcame a 10-point, second-half deficit before taking control in overtime to beat fourth-ranked Villanova 86-77.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jay Wright pulled a stat sheet over toward Collin Gillespie and whispered at the star guard for No. 4 Villanova, pointing at a couple of gaudy numbers.
Gillespie and Justin Moore combined for 12 assists and no turnovers on Tuesday in a season-opening 91-51 win over Mount St.
Villanova’s Collin Gillespie is ready to make the most of his second chance at a senior season.
Gillespie was the co-Big East player of the year last season but tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during a victory over Creighton that enabled Villanova to clinch the Big East regular-season championship.
The Associated Press' 2021-22 preseason All-America men's basketball team, with school, height, year and votes from a 63-member national media panel (key 2020-21 statistics in parentheses):
Drew Timme, Gonzaga, 6-10, 235, junior, 63 of 63 votes (19 ppg, 7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 69.6 ft pct, 0.7 blocks)
Drew Timme could have left for the NBA after leading Gonzaga into last season's national title game. He likely would have been drafted and gone on to have a solid career.
NEW YORK (AP) — Villanova has dominated the Big East over the last decade under the guidance of coach Jay Wright.
The fourth-ranked Wildcats were the unanimous choice to win the conference in a preseason coaches poll released Tuesday.
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