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Report: Villanova’s JayVaughn Pinkston accused of violating probation

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Back in 2010, Villanova forward JayVaughn Pinkston was involved in an altercation at an off-campus party in which he was accused of assault. After multiple postponements of his case, Pinkston, a first-time offender, was able to get into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).

Under the ARD, Pinkston could avoid the criminal justice system, replacing it with community service and restitution. On Friday night, a report from Carl Hessler Jr. of the Times Herald stated that Montgomery County prosecutors are attempted to remove Pinkston from the ARD for allegedly violating the terms of the program. Prosecutors are claiming Pinkston has failed to meet with probation officers, finish his community service and pay fines.

From the Times Herald:

Assistant District Attorney Lindsay O’Brien alleged Pinkston, 23, also has failed to pay $7,445 in restitution and court costs of $3,831 for a total of $11,276, according to court documents.

If a judge revokes Pinkston’s ARD sentence, he could be forced to stand trial on the original charges of simple assault and harassment in connection with his alleged assault of another man during a November 2010 altercation that reportedly involved two other Villanova students at an off-campus party in Upper Merion.

If removed from the program, Pinkston could face trial, where he is charged with simple assault and two counts of summary harassment (which is typically attached to a simple assault charge). Simple assault carries a two-year sentence.

“We’re going to explain to the court that $11,000 in restitution for a college student is not realistic. We’re going to ask the court for more time to pay it and he graduates this year and hopefully he’ll have a professional basketball career with the NBA or somewhere else and then it should not be an issue,” said Pinkston’s attorney James D .Famiglio, who also claims Pinkston’s community service has been completed, but not all of it had not been reported.

Pinkston was suspended for the entire 2010-11 season, needing to be readmitted to the school that summer. He went on to led the Wildcats in scoring during 2012-13 season, and has now led Villanova to back-to-back 26-win seasons.

The sixth-ranked Wildcats take on Xavier in Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon.

Darrun Hilliard’s heroics strengthen No. 6 Villanova’s grip on first place in the Big East

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Picked to finish seventh in the Big East preseason poll, No. 18 Butler entered Saturday’s game against No. 6 Villanova just a game out of first place in the conference standings. And having lost the first meeting between the two teams, this was a game Chris Holtmann’s team had to have if they were to make a run at the Big East regular season title.

Unfortunately for Butler, Villanova senior guard Darrun Hilliard had other ideas. Hilliard hit eight three-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points, with his final three coming with 1.5 seconds left in the game. That shot was the difference as Villanova won 68-65 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, opening up a two-game lead in the Big East.

And with the head-to-head tiebreaker they hold on Butler, Villanova’s chances of winning a second consecutive Big East regular season title are very good at this point.

Hilliard’s game-winner came as a result of some miscommunication on the part of two Butler defenders, who both went with Ryan Arcidiacono after originally trapping Hilliard. Arcidiacono, who did not score in the game, passed the ball back to a wide-open Hilliard on the right wing. And as he’d done on many occasions Saturday, Hilliard calmly knocked down the shot.

One line that’s been said about Jay Wright’s team this season is that they don’t have a bonafide “star,” with their balance being Villanova’s greatest strength as six players entered Saturday’s game averaging between 9.1 and 13.4 points per game. But on an afternoon that saw Arcidiacono go scoreless and Daniel Ochefu score just two points, Hilliard was the star that some have claimed Villanova lacks with JayVaughn Pinkston adding 12 points and seven rebounds.

Does Villanova have that one headliner whose name will be said repeatedly on highlight shows and discussed as a national Player of the Year candidate? Probably not. But what Villanova does have is multiple players capable of stepping up when the moment demands that they do. Saturday night it was Darrun Hilliard’s turn, and thanks to him the Wildcats are well on their way to a second consecutive Big East regular season title.

Weekly Awards: Marquette’s new addition, a shakeup in Pac-12’s power structure ?

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Luke Fischer, Marquette

Marquette may have found their season’s savior. Through the first eight games of the year, the Golden Eagles were 4-4, having lost to Nebraska-Omaha at home, barely hung on to beat NJIT and got pushed around by Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. That was before Deonte Burton transferred out of the program. It looked pretty safe to say that Steve Wojciechowski’s first season in Milwaukee would be full-on rebuilding mode. It was bad enough that I had started just ignoring Marquette games when they popped up on the channel guide.

And then Luke Fischer got eligible.

The 6-foot-11 transfer from Indiana played his first game of the season against Arizona State last week, and he put on a show, finishing with 19 points, nine boards and five blocks. To follow that up, Fischer posted 22 points against Alabama A&M. In his two games this season, Fischer is shooting 17-for-19 from the floor, which, if you can’t tell, is pretty good. Will this turn the Golden Eagles into an NCAA tournament team? It’s probably too early to tell. But Fischer fills a gaping hope in Wojo’s lineup, which makes Marquette markedly better.


  • Terry Rozier, Louisville: Rozier scored 26 of his game-high 32 points after Montrezl Harrell was ejected on Saturday, ensuring that the Cardinals would not have their unbeaten season ended by Western Kentucky.
  • Troy Williams, Indiana: Williams played his best game as a Hoosier on Saturday, going for 22 points, 11 boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a win over Butler.
  • JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova: Pinkston had 25 points and 10 boards, making a number of huge plays down the stretch as Villanova erased a 14-point second half deficit in an overtime win over Syracuse.
  • Rayvonte Rice, Illinois: Rice made sure Braggin’ Rights remained in Illinois, hitting this game-winning three to beat Missouri. He finished with 19 points.
  • Snoop White, Ole Miss: White scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half as Ole Miss came from 17 down to beat a good Coastal Carolina team. The win keep Ole Miss from playing for an NIT bid in the SEC.
  • Juwan Staten, West Virginia: A preseason all-american, Staten had his best game of the young season on Saturday, going for 24 points (on 10-for-17 shooting), six assists and two steals as WVU beat N.C. State in NYC.
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TEAM OF THE WEEK: Washington Huskies

If anyone thought that struggling against Eastern Washington somehow proved that the Huskies weren’t “for real”, they squashed that theory on Saturday when they knocked off Oklahoma in Las Vegas, 69-67. Washington was up by as much as 20 in the first half, surviving late with a couple of critical defensive stops.

I don’t know if I’m ready to say that Washington is the second-best team in the Pac-12, not as long as Utah is still playing like a top 15 team. But the Huskies aren’t all that far behind. It starts with Robert Upshaw, a seven-footer that comes off the bench yet averages 4.5 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game. He changes to tone of what Washington can do on the defensive side of the ball. Throw in Nigel Williams-Goss, one of the nation’s most underrated point guard, and Andrew Andrews, and you have what may be Lorenzo Romar’s best team since the 2009 that featured Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman.


  • Virginia: The Cavs took care of a pretty good Cleveland State team during the week before absolutely embarrassing Harvard on Sunday, beating them 76-27 and setting an NCAA record by allowing just one field goal in the first half.
  • Kentucky: The Wildcats had a better first half against UCLA than Virginia did against Harvard, jumping out to a 24-0 lead and heading into the break up 41-7 en route to an 83-44 win.
  • North Carolina: Marcus Paige still hasn’t busted out of his funk, but Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks are playing well, and Joel Berry is getting better, too. The Tar Heels won at UNC-Greensboro and knocked off Ohio State this week.
  • SMU: The Mustangs got two huge results this week: they won at Michigan, and they got Markus Kennedy back from his suspension.
  • Notre Dame: The Irish made a statement on Saturday. They beat Purdue 94-63, and they did it despite the fact that Jerian Grant was 3-for-13 from the floor.


  • No. 5 Wisconsin at Cal, Mon. 9:00 p.m.
  • Stanford at No. 9 Texas, Tue. 7:00 p.m.
  • Georgetown vs. Indiana, Sat. 12:00 p.m. (NYC)
  • No. 1 Kentucky at No. 4 Louisville, Sat. 2:00 p.m.
  • No. 8 Gonzaga at BYU, Sat. 6:00 p.m.

No. 7 Villanova’s wild rally forces OT, where they beat Syracuse (VIDEO)

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Syracuse was rolling. They were up by as much as 14 points in the second half, having held the lead for the entire game despite the fact that Chris McCullough had basically done nothing for 40 minutes.

The Orange were about to put away the most important performance of their season — a win over No. 7 Villanova in Philadelphia — when disaster struck:

In the extra frame, McCullough, Rakeem Christmas and Michael Gbinije all fouled out as the Wildcats held on for an 82-77 win in the battle between old Big East rivals.

Credit where credit’s due: Villanova really played well in the second half, forcing turnovers, getting to the offensive glass and making big plays when big plays needed to be made. JayVaughn Pinkston led the way with 25 points and 10 boards while Darrun Hilliard added 23 points and four steals, including a stretch of eight straight that he had early in the second half to spark the comeback.

Villanova beat the Orange on a day where they didn’t play anywhere near their best game. Syracuse is not exactly an ACC title contender, but they’re a pretty good team that played exceptionally well on Saturday, and Villanova won despite having an off night and making some uncharacteristic mistakes.

That’s a great sign for the Wildcats.

But that won’t make Jim Boeheim feel any better about the way his team dropped this game.

Because they finally looked like the Syracuse team that everyone (except me, it seems) had slotted in the preseason top 25. Rakeem Christmas was playing great in the paint, finishing with 18 points. Michael Gbinije had easily the best game of his basketball career, finishing with 18 points, eight boards and five assists, all career-highs. Kaleb Joseph had 10 points and 10 assists, making a number of tough, crucial plays — and more importantly, correct decisions — down the stretch.

It looked like everything was starting to come together, like all it took was a chance to beat Villanova for the Orange to figure it out.

But a late turnover and some foul trouble in overtime ruined that.

This was the last chance for the Orange to notch a marquee non-conference win. If they end up on the bubble in March, this game will be the reason why.

New Year’s Resolutions: Villanova Wildcats

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Conference play is right around the corner, so over the course of the next two weeks, College Basketball Talk will be detailing what some of the country’s best, most intriguing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams should resolve to do with the New Year right around the corner. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Thank Jessica Simpson.

MORE: The rest of our New Year’s Resolutions | Midseason catchups

VILLANOVA PROMISES TO: Get improved 3-point shooting from Darrun Hilliard and Ryan Arcidiacono

  • It will happen because: The Wildcats are actually shooting slightly better than they did during the 2013-14 campaign, where they sunk better than 35 percent of their threes. Despite the consistent numbers as a team, starting guard Darrun Hilliard and Ryan Arcidiacono have seen their percentages from deep dip from a season ago. Hilliard is down from 41 percent to 31 while Arcidiacono has nosedived to 21 percent. However, Hilliard has already shown improvement recently, knocking down 11-of-24 from beyond the arc over the last five games. On Friday, before Villanova’s rivalry game with Syracuse, Jay Wright told reporters after practice, Arcidiacono looks healthy this week, which could reverse the slide in his numbers.
  • But it might not because: Villanova might not need similar numbers from Hilliard and Arcidiacono. Villanova is an unselfish team, seeing five different players leading the team in scoring through 10 games. Dylan Ennis and Josh Hart are both averaging double figures in their second seasons in the program with both shooting the ball better from deep. Ennis is up to 46 percent and Hart is up to a 40 percent clip. Add in reserve forward Kris Jenkins and the Wildcats have ample perimeter shooting options. Yes, Arcidiacono’s scoring average has decreased each year, but he’s continuing to focus on his role, taking care of the ball with an assist-to-turnover that was 3.5-to-1 before the Temple game. He also had nine assists and zero turnovers against VCU’s Havoc defense.

VILLANOVA ALSO SWEARS THEY WON’T: Bow out early in postseason play

  • It will happen because: Villanova’s 29 wins were overshadowed by a quarterfinal upset loss to Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament followed by a loss to UConn, the eventual national champion, in the Round of 32 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Despite the cast of returnees, the early exits caused preseason skepticism for the Wildcats. But this team is one year older, and should learn from past shortcomings. Villanova is incredibly balanced offensively and are experienced with three juniors and two seniors in the starting five. The Wildcats have had/will have their battles — not turning the ball over against VCU, a thriller against Michigan and Saturday’s rivalry game against Syracuse. The Wildcats will also get tested from a better Big East, going up against a tough defensive team in Butler, a talented Georgetown team and a St. John’s team that runs a smaller lineup. Xavier, Providence and Seton Hall also figure to be in the conversation come Selection Sunday.
  • But it might not because: While Villanova is tough to prepare for given its balance, last year saw the Wildcats end up on the wrong end of mismatches. In two blowout losses to Creighton, the Wildcats allowed the Bluejays to shoot 60 percent (30-of-50) from three. Another area of concern for the Villanova is its frontline. Jayvaughn Pinkston can provide a scoring punch as a mismatch for opposing forwards and Jenkins has seen a spike in production, but outside of 6-foot-11 Daniel Ochefu, the Wildcats roster lacks another true big man.

Weekly Awards: Kansas returns to form, Belmont star explodes for 42

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Player of the Week: Craig Bradshaw, Belmont

It simply does not get any better than the week that Craig Bradshaw just had. In three games — all Belmont wins — Bradshaw averaged 33.0 points while shooting 58.2% from the floor and 58.6% from three. Those are absurd numbers, but they didn’t come against no-names. Belmont knocked off intra-city rival Lipscomb for the second time this season, following that up with wins against two of the country’s best mid-major programs in Denver and Ohio.

It still gets better. The win against Ohio came on the road, and Bradshaw just so happened to hit the game-winner on Saturday:


Belmont looks like they will once again be a favorite to win their league despite the fact that leading scorer J.J. Mann has graduated. Rick Byrd always has a never-ending line of talented scorers coming through the ranks.

The All-They-Were-Good-Too Team

  • Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington: Washington won the Wooden Legacy on Sunday, and Williams-Goss averaged 16.7 points, 8.7 assists and 5.3 boards in the three wins.
  • JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova: Pinkston led Villanova to a 24-point win over VCU on Monday, following that up with the game-winning bucket and the game-saving block as the Wildcats knocked off Michigan in the Legends Classic final.
  • Aaron Bacote, Old Dominion: Bacote entered Saturday shooting 4-for-25 from the floor and 3-for-13 from three. He had 20 points in five games. In a win over VCU, he went for 31 points, shot 8-for-8 from the field and hit four threes.
  • Wesley Saunders, Harvard: The Crimson picked up a pair of quality wins this week, blowing out Houston before scraping by UMass. Saunders was the star for both, averaging 25.5 points, 6.5 boards and 3.5 assists.
  • Melo Trimble, Maryland: Trimble averaged 21.3 points in four wins this week for Maryland, including 31 in a win over Alabama. The Terps also knocked off Iowa State in the finals of the CBE Classic.
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Team of the Week: Kansas Jayhawks

This was the bounce back that the Jayhawks needed. After getting utterly embarrassed against Kentucky in the Champions Classic, Kansas went down to the Old Spice Classic in Orlando and picked up three wins, including a hard fought victory over a good Michigan State team. Perry Ellis led the way, averaging 19.3 points and 9.0 boards, and Cliff Alexander started to looked like the Cliff Alexander that was a top five recruit.

Kansas still has a ways to go, however. Frank Mason looks like he’s coming along at the point, and Svi Mykhailiuk is probably the best option on the wing. But until Wayne Selden works through his shooting issues and Devonte’ Graham and Kelly Oubre find a way to be significant contributors, this team can only go so far.

They were good, too

  • Arizona Wildcats: The Wildcats may not have hit their stride yet offensively, but this group sure does know how to defend and how to rebound. They won the Maui Invitational with a win over SDSU in the title game.
  • Wisconsin Badgers: The Badgers won the Battle 4 Atlantis, the nation’s best early-season tournament, with impressive wins over Georgetown and Oklahoma. But they didn’t get to play against North Carolina, who was the second-best team in the field.
  • Butler Bulldogs: Was there a bigger surprise this week that seeing Butler return to form? The Bulldogs knocked off North Carolina and Georgetown in Atlantis.
  • Northern Iowa Panthers: Northern Iowa looks like they be ready to give Wichita State a fight in the Missouri Valley. They are now 7-0 on the season with wins over Virginia Tech, Northwestern and Richmond. They haven’t allowed more than 55 points since that overtime win over Stephen F. Austin.
  • Ole Miss Rebels: Ole miss had an ugly loss to kick off the season, but they’ve bounced back. Wins over Creighton and Cincinnati this week helped that.
  • Colorado State Rams: The Great Alaska Shootout isn’t as good as it once was, but the Rams still notched a trio of nice wins en route to the title.
  • Seton Hall Pirates: Seton Hall won the Paradise Jam, which wasn’t all that noteworthy. But they did beat George Washington in Newark on Saturday, which was.