Villanova, Memphis renew old rivalry in Atlantis final

In the Bahamas, Villanova just keeps running into teams with which it has significant history. On Thursday, the Wildcats topped No. 14 North Carolina, the team Villanova bested in the 2016 NCAA Tournament final. On Friday, in the championship game for the Battle 4 Atlantis, Villanova will face Memphis — the program it topped in the 1985 Final Four on its way to its first national title. Back then, current Villanova coach Kyle Neptune was

History lingers over North Carolina-Villanova matchup

The last time Villanova and North Carolina met on a basketball court, the result was an indelible piece of NCAA Tournament history. Kris Jenkins sank buzzing-beating 3-pointer, lifting the Wildcats to a 77-74 win in the 2016 national championship game at Houston. No. 14 North Carolina gets a rematch with Villanova on Thursday in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The history between North Carolina and Villanova extends beyond the

Maryland, No. 21 Villanova in bounce-back mode

Three games into the season, No. 21 Villanova and Maryland already find themselves searching for answers. Both programs would be thrilled to secure a victory Friday when the Wildcats host the Terrapins in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. Villanova (2-1) posted comfortable wins in its first two games before falling to Penn, one of its Philadelphia Big 5 rivals, on Monday night. Following their 76-72 defeat, the Wildcats didn’t have much to smile about as they

No. 22 Villanova looks to ride momentum into ‘Big 5’ clash vs. Penn

No. 22 Villanova will play its first fixture in the newly imagined Philadelphia Big 5 tournament when it pays a visit to Penn on Monday night. The “Big 5” name is being kept, but all six of the city’s Division I men’s basketball teams are involved. They were split into two pods of three for a round robin at campus sites during November. Villanova, Penn and Saint Joseph’s are in one pod, and Temple, La

No. 22 Villanova, counting on depth, takes on Le Moyne

Following a disappointing campaign in 2022-23, Villanova appeared to be a much-improved team in its season opener Monday. The 22nd-ranked Wildcats hope to build off that initial victory Friday when they host Le Moyne in nonconference action. Under first-year coach Kyle Neptune, Villanova struggled last season to the tune of a 17-17 record (with a first-round loss in the NIT). The Wildcats, who won two national championships under previous coach Jay Wright, wound up missing

New faces lead No. 22 Villanova into opener vs. American

Villanova’s first season was a bit rocky following the retirement of Hall of Fame head coach Jay Wright. The Wildcats finished 17-17 and were knocked out in the opening round of the NIT under Kyle Neptune, a longtime Villanova assistant under Wright. No. 22 Villanova, which opens the season at home Monday against American, is expected to be markedly improved this season thanks to a strong transfer class consisting of Tyler Burton (Richmond), TJ Bamba