There is still plenty of buzz surrounding the Villanova Wildcats' dramatic victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels for the 2016 NCAA championship, but for the player at the center of it all, it has not sunk in yet. On "CBS This Morning" Tuesday, junior forward Kris Jenkins downplayed his game-winning buzzer-beater. "I think every shot I take is going in, so that one felt no different," Jenkins said. He also gave credit to his teammate, Ryan Arcidiacono, who passed him the ball before the winning shot and was named the tournament's most outstanding player. "I was able to get in on Ryan's vision and he gave me the perfect pass," Jenkins said. Jenkins was immediately tackled by his teammates after the incredible three-pointer that clinched the second national title in school history. But the game also holds special meaning for his family. Both his adopted and birth mother watched as he faced his brother -- North Carolina guard Nate Britt -- on the court. The brothers met on the courts … [Read more...] about Villanova’s Kris Jenkins: “I think every shot I take is going in”
Villanova University, the winner of last year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the top seed in this year’s March Madness tournament, broke even on athletics last year. That’s because the private Catholic college from the suburbs of Philadelphia used its hoops success to fund its other money-losing teams. According to data Villanova reported to the U.S. Department of Education, its men’s basketball team, which plays in the Big East conference, generated $11.4 million in revenue on expenses of $9.4 million. The school’s football team, which plays in the less competitive Colonial Athletic Association, broke even, earning $6.57 million in revenue on the same level of expenses. The school’s women’s sports programs also broke even, and overall Villanova’s athletic department revenue was $39.5 million. Villanova snags No. 1 overall seed in NCAA Selection Sunday March Madness 2017: How to stream NCAA tournament games Those … [Read more...] about How Villanova gets its money’s worth from basketball
HOUSTON-- Late Tuesday, the Villanova Wildcats returned to campus outside Philadelphia -- ascollege basketball's national champions. The loudest cheers were for Kris Jenkins, whose last-second shot beat North Carolina. The shot of the night looked like it would be from UNC's Marcus Paige, with less than five seconds left, to tie the game. But Paige held that honor for about four seconds. Kris Jenkins' game winning three-pointer left his opponents stunned. "I just stood there, I didn't know what to do and before I knew it, I ended up on the ground because my teammates tackled me," Kris said. One of those who was stunned was Kris' brother, Nate Britt. "He just told me how happy he was for me and you know. How he was upset that they lost, but he was happy I was the one that made the shot," Kris said. Felicia Jenkins is Kris' birth mother. In 2007, she faced a personal crisis and decided Kris needed a more stable home. At the time, Kris and Nate were close friends and played basketball … [Read more...] about Lifetime of sacrifices led to moment of glory for Villanova’s Kris Jenkins
I was looking up the details of Sherburn’s state basketball championship in 1970 on microfilm a few years ago. This was the last one-class state tournament in Minnesota basketball. The most-amazing thing discovered in going through the Morning Tribune’s sports sections from that weekend was this: To be reminded of what an afterthought the NCAA basketball tournament was at that time. There was a 25-team bracket – conference champions and a number Independents invited as at-large entries. The Final Four was played in Cole Field House, an arena with a capacity slightly above 14,000 on the campus of the University of Maryland. Four years earlier, Cole had been home to Texas Western’s (now UTEP) upset of Kentucky in the national title game. That was a dramatic event in this nation’s sports history, since it was Western’s all-black lineup against Adolph Rupp’s still-segregated Kentucky team. The Final Four was a Thursday-Saturday event in 1970. The … [Read more...] about Yeah, Villanova. Hallelujah, Big East. You have it right.
Rollie Massimino, who led Villanova's storied run to the 1985 NCAA championship and won more than 800 games in his coaching career, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 82. Massimino's death was announced by Keiser University, where he was still the men's basketball coach. He spent the final days of his life in hospice care. Best known for that national title at Villanova, Massimino also coached at Stony Brook, UNLV and Cleveland State. He spent the last 11 years of his life at Keiser, where he started the program and turned it into an NAIA power. "As our campus community deeply mourns the loss of Coach Massimino, we extend our warmest thoughts and condolences to his wife, Mary Jane, and the entire Massimino family," Keiser Chancellor Arthur Keiser said. "We are so truly honored to have shared this time with him and take some degree of comfort in knowing the positive impact he has had on college students for the last four decades remains immeasurable." Massimino faced … [Read more...] about Former Villanova basketball coach Rollie Massimino dies at 82