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The Wildcats are back in the driver seat when it comes to the Big East Regular Season Title

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Happy Monday Nova Nation! The Villanova Wildcats achieved the first of their many goals this season by sweeping their Philadelphia opponents to earn their 27th Big 5 Title. Now their attention returns to the Big East, and a regular season title that they could win for the sixth time in seven seasons.

This time last week that may have seemed like a far fetched idea. Villanova was on a three game losing streak, and Seton Hall had built a three game lead while looking very much like the best team in the Big East. But fast forward to today and the Wildcats have won their last two games while Seton Hall has dropped two straight. Now just one game out of first place and with a trip to the Pirates still on the schedule, the Wildcats are back in control of their own destiny when it comes to winning the conference.

Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones at the wheel. Seton Hall and Creighton could also claim at least a share of the title if they won out. Oh, and don’t forget Marquette. They may not have a hand on the wheel yet, but they’re just a game behind Nova as the conference race makes the turn for the home stretch.

Yes, Villanova has more games, and more away games, than their opponents. But when it comes down to quality of opponents, the Wildcats have the easiest schedule the rest of the way. You can be sure that Jay Wright will have his team taking things one game at a time, but there is certainly a path to a title here for Villanova.

In other “news”, Jay Wright’s house is for sale, Villanova owns the Big 5, and Kyle Lowry personified the NBA All-Star Game. Enjoy!

Villanova Men’s Basketball

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“I’ve been watching them for a while,’’ Aaron McKie said of Villanova. “They just play the right way. They find the right guy at the right time.”

Villanova defeats Temple

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Collin Gillespie and Quinton Rose put on all-Big 5 performances. Then Gillespie heated up again.

Gillespie leads No. 15 Villanova past Temple | USA Today
Collin Gillespie scored a season-high 29 points to lead No. 15 Villanova to a 76-56 victory over Temple

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Collin Gillespie was hot from three-point range, knocking down seven threes in 11 attempts for 29 points, giving the Wildcats the outright City Series title.

Villanova plays the long game, beats Temple to clinch 27th Big 5 championship | The Morning Call
Villanova’s Collin Gillespie knocked down a career-high seven threes and scored 29 points to lead the 15th-ranked Wildcats to a 76-56 victory over the Owls, giving them their sixth Big 5 championship in the last seven years.

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Gillespie's 29 points helped the Wildcats earn the Big Five win.

Jay Wright

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Wright's home, with a pool house and three-car garage, sits on fives acres on the Main Line. Don’t worry, he’s just moving closer to Villanova.

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League sources say Villanova coach Jay Wright could become the next head coach of the Knicks.

Big East

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Coaches give their candid takes on teams that will or could be in the NCAA Tournament.

NBA Wildcats

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Setting the tone for Team Giannis, the Raptors' six-time All-Star treated the showcase like a regular game

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These were ... interesting to say the least.

Villanova Women’s Basketball

Women's College Basketball: Late surge lifts Villanova over Georgetown | Sports | delcotimes.com
A pair of 3-pointers less than two minutes apart combined with strong defense down the stretch enabled Villanova to pull out a 48-40 road victory over Georgetown in Big East

VILLANOVA EARNS ROAD WIN AT GEORGETOWN | Villanova University Athletics
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NFL Wildcats

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Villanova Athletics

ASU Baseball: No. 9 Sun Devils fall to Villanova, No. 13 Michigan | House of Sparky
Runs were hard to come by

Penn State softball struggles, falls to Villanova in weekend finale | collegian.psu.edu
Penn State entered its rematch with Villanova with momentum after a dominant pair of wins on Saturday.

Wildcats Knock Three Home Runs in Win Over Penn State | Villanova University Athletics
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Bracketology

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College Basketball

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