Villanova Gets No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament; Temple Out

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

After a 32-2 season, Villanova received the No. 1 seed in the East Region of the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats will play Lafayette, winners of the Patriot League, on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

But the bubble burst for Temple, which was left out of the 68-team field by the selection committee. They’re a No. 1 seed in the NIT, and will host Bucknell at the Liacouras Center on North Broad on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Read more »

Rollie Massimino on Villanova’s 1985 Upset Over Georgetown

Photo by Jason Myers

Photo by Jason Myers

This is the 30th anniversary of Villanova’s historic upset over Georgetown in the NCAA Finals. How are you going to celebrate?
Our players have come down to visit me for the last eight or nine years, since we started the program here in Northwood. Everyone but a couple will be here. We celebrated at Villanova when we played them back in November, and we have our annual outing, because my wife is such a good cook that they’d never want to give that up.

That game helped launch the NCAA tournament to a higher level. When you see what March Madness has become, do you take any credit for it?
No, I don’t think I can take any credit for March Madness. I think it’s a great tournament, one of the most competitive situations in all of sport. Mike Eruzione, the Olympic hockey player, and I often argue what was the bigger game — him playing the Russians or us playing Georgetown. We’ve made some major arguments. In fact, we had to have Mike Fratello and Tommy Lasorda make the decision. Of course, they were my friends, so they voted for me. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Bright Villanova Home with Mansard Roof

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a Walter Durham-designed home, and it’s likely that it won’t be the last given the extent of his Main Line work. But contrary to his past residential creations we’ve covered, this one boasts touches of Second Empire French architecture (including a Mansard roof) and a collection of brightly colored rooms, most of which shades of gold or amber.

What’s more, its sunny interior is purportedly highlighted by natural light that pervades each room. (Per the listing, “each room is filled with light and frames a glimpse of private gardens.”) Among its more sun-friendly compartments are a solarium and a formal living room with glass doors that are described as “capturing the early afternoon sun.” The entry foyer also claims glass doors, which are not pictured.

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Avenue Kitchen to Start Serving Breakfast

These are from the "Embellished Pancakes" section of the menu

These are from the “Embellished Pancakes” section of the menu

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why do so many restaurants only serve it on weekends? Well, the folks over at Avenue Kitchen understand that the breakfast-free life is no way to live, so they’re launching a breakfast menu on Monday, March 2 that will be available 7 days a week from 7 am to 3 pm.

You read that correctly. You can get breakfast for lunch at Avenue Kitchen. They’re breaking all the rules.

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March Madness Preview: Villanova Is a Title Contender; Can Temple Reach Tourney, Too?

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center on February 4th.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Villanova is a national title contender this year.

Right: Villanova does not have the best recent NCAA tournament history. They’ve been to the tournament four times in the last five seasons, but haven’t reached the second weekend. Twice, they’ve been knocked out of the bracket in the Round of 32 when seeded No. 2. Last year, ’Nova lost to eventual national champion UConn in its second game.

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Meet the Man Behind Villanova Basketball Coach Jay Wright’s Impeccable Suits


Gabriele and Coach Wright. | Screenshot from CBS Sports.

Full disclosure: I only know about the Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team because my husband is an alum and an obsessed avid fan. This is also the only reason I know about #SuitWatch, the hilarious thread on a VU Hoops message board where fans dissect and rate what head coach Jay Wright wears to each game.

Wright’s carefully dapper, much-lauded look — he’s been voted the best-dressed men’s basketball coach by the NCAA, GQ and, well, me (but mostly because I don’t know any other ones) — proves the adage spouted by well-dressed people everywhere: Fit is everything.

CBS Sports profiled Jay Wright last Saturday in its NCAA Men of March series, and while the majority of the episode was about the Villanova basketball program and Wright’s coaching techniques (yada yada yada), the real highlight was the quick segment on Wright’s suits and the friendly, white-haired Italian tailor and suit-maker who sparked his rise to sartorial dominance.

See behind-the-scenes video of Gabe and Jay here.

Avenue Kitchen Opening New Location


This summer, Villanova restaurant Avenue Kitchen will be opening up a new location in Glen Mills. Owner Dana Smith Farrell and her brother, executive chef Gregory Smith‘s new space will seat 80 guests and will be located inside the Glen Eagle Square shopping center at 477 Wilmingon West Chester Pike.

Farrell left her partnership with Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar to focus on the expansion. The sister-brother duo first opened Avenue Kitchen on the Main Line in 2013.

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Main Line Monday: HGTV-Primed Gem Nestled in Villanova

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne.

Given that this former barn (a structure dating back to the 1800s) is now the site of a stunning residence with an art studio, den, office, and recreation space (and that’s including an indoor basketball court!), it’s no surprise that a national television show has taken interest.

According to listing agent Tom Lowry, the home has been approved for HGTV’s You Live in What? show, and has already had all of its structural work done to make way for the architects, designers, and decorators who will be given a chance to renovate a portion of the property. Its selection on the show is still pending.

In any case, the home, which is soon expected to get a price cut, is already a hit without being in the television spotlight. Gardener/Fox Associates spent over half a million in overhauling the home’s interior, leaving it with the lovely notes like original timber, exposed stone walls, and vaulted ceilings, you see in the gallery below.

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