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Wright joins CBS NCAA coverage Saturday

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 12:51 PM
It turns out Jay Wright will have something to do related to the NCAA tournament this weekend after all. The Villanova head coach will join CBS and Turner Sports' tournament coverage as guest analyst Saturday in New York, where he will sit with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Greg Anthony and host Greg... Read more

Trying to predict Villanova

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 10:17 PM
It's not easy trying to figure out how Villanova will perform in its opening game of the NCAA tournament Friday against George Mason at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Some theories: The Wildcats enter the game on a five-game losing streak and have lost their confidence. Bad. The Wildcats have... Read more

How far can 'Nova go?

Sunday, March 13, 2011, 11:40 PM
So what's on your bracket? Ninth-seeded Villanova has an interesting first-round matchup against No. 8 George Mason in its initial game of the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon (2:10 p.m., TNT) in Cleveland. In prior years, you would look up to the first line on the bracket, see the top seed sitting... Read more

Wondering about Villanova

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 1:26 PM
Aboard the 12:54 Amtrak to New York wondering what I'm going to see tonight at Madison Square Garden. It's not thinking as much about the opponent (South Florida) in the first round of the Big East tournament as it is considering Villanova's fragile mental state at the moment We don't get to see... Read more

Is it over for 'Nova?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 1:08 AM
So how does one try to explain what happened to Villanova in the second half if its shocking and embarrasing 70-69 loss to South Florida in the opening round of the Big East tournament, when it blew a 16-point halftime lead? After leaving Madison Square Garden, walking back to my hotel, eating a hot... Read more

Stokes will give it a try

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 6:25 PM
Corey Stokes will be in uniform and available to play for Villanova in tonight's game against South Florida in the first round of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. A team spokesman said Stokes tried out his injured left hamstring warming up about 90 minutes before the opening tipoff... Read more

Can Villanova recover?

Sunday, March 6, 2011, 12:25 AM
It seems as if we've passed this way before. As Villanova ended its regular season in 2009-10, it had lost six of its last 10 games. Although the Wildcats talked of how things would improve in the post-season, they went one game and out in the Big East tournament, were extended into overtime by No... Read more

More bad news for "Nova -- Stokes out

Saturday, March 5, 2011, 3:14 PM
The bad news just keeps rolling in for Villanova. The team announced that senior guard Corey Stokes, the team's second-leading scorer, will miss Satiurday's game against No. 4 Pittsburgh because he has aggravated a left hamstring injury. The 6-foot-5 Stokes originally suffered the injury on Jan.... Read more

Figuring 'Nova's fate simpler with loss

Friday, March 4, 2011, 9:11 PM
Trying to figure out the Big East's tiebreakers has been a challenging task for everyone, particularly if you're a Villanova fan. Well, thanks to a clarification from the Big East office, and from one kind person who pointed it out in the "comments" section of the previous SuperNova item, the Wildcats'... Read more

Villanova's Big East logjam

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 3:09 PM
If you have a lot of time on your hands, and possibly a full case of headache relief tablets at your side, then you may be inclined to figure out all the tiebreakers in play to figure out the Big East men's basketball standings. When Wednesday night's play began, Villanova was all alone in 11th place... Read more
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Joe Juliano first visited the Palestra in 1970 after entering Temple University and became hooked for life on Big Five basketball. He'll always go with that name, figuring if the Big Ten can have 12 teams, why can't the Big Five have six?

Juliano joined the Inquirer in 1985 after 10 years at United Press International and has covered college sports for most of that time. His current beats are Villanova basketball, Penn State football, golf and the Penn Relays. Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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