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Wednesday / May 22.
  • USATSI_8304451_110579513_lowresBy PETER ROBERT CASEY

    VILLANOVA, PA. – Balance is an oft-pursued ideal when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. But, not if you’re Villanova. The Wildcats have already found it.

    In front of a packed Pavilion crowd, marking Villanova’s 153rd consecutive home sellout, the No. 6 Wildcats had four players register double-figures en route to an easy 67-55 conference-opening win over Butler on Wednesday afternoon. The Wildcats are now 13-0 (1-0 Big East) for the first time since the 1937-38 season.

    Ryan Arcidiacono paved the way for Villanova with 15 points, followed closely by JayVaughn Pinkston (13), Kris Jenkins (11), Daniel Ochefu (10) and Darrun Hilliard (8).

    “Just look at their numbers, they’re incredibly balanced,” Butler interim coach, Chris Holtmann, explained. “They’re so balanced in how they attack you inside and out. That’s why they’re elite. They have great balance and great depth.”

    carlton-braggBY CHIP MILLER

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari is on hand Friday to see 2015 Cleveland (OH) Villa Angela-St.Joseph five-star forward Carlton Bragg at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W.V.

    Kansas head coach Bill Self and assistant Norm Roberts and Illinois assistant Dustin Ford are also expected.

    SNY.tv confirmed what was first reported by the Lexington-Herald.

    Bragg, and his Villa Angela teammates, will face Arlington Country Day (Fla), which features 2015 top 100 forward Tulio Da Silva and 2016 Top 100 guards Mario Kegler and Lamonte Turner.

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