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Obama congratulates Villanova for winning NCAA title

President Barack Obama congratulated the Villanova University men’s basketball team Tuesday for winning what he described as “maybe the best title game of all time” in this year’s NCAA tournament.

First look: Hield, Arcidiacono take the long road to Final Four

Nobody in the NBA was knocking down Ryan Arcidiacono’s door when his junior season ended a year ago. Buddy Hield – that was a different story. Arcidiacono stayed at Villanova because he had no other choice. Hield stayed at Oklahoma because he had unfinished business.

Villanova routs Miami in South Region semifinal

Ryan Arcidiacono and Kris Jenkins each scored 21 points, and No. 2 seed Villanova never trailed in routing third-seeded Miami 92-69 Thursday night in the South Region semifinal of the NCAA tournament.

Wolfpack clamp down on top-seeded Villanova

PITTSBURGH – The rims seemed tight. So did Villanova. The Wildcats missed so many shots – gimme layups, uncontested jumpers, airballed 3s – that it was no surprise the first thing to fall was their Final Four target.

Villanova, North Carolina State face off

PITTSBURGH – They are the plays that truly put the madness in March. Dereck Whittenburg’s desperate airball heave from 30 feet that led to Lorenzo Charles’ catch-and-dunk for North Carolina State’s most improbable 1983 national championship.

Irish take ACC

Jerian Grant scored 24 points and No. 11 Notre Dame took over with a 26-3 second-half run to rally past No. 19 North Carolina 90-82 on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game in Greensboro, North Carolina. Pat Connaughton added 20 points for the third-seeded Irish (29-5). They went from trailing by nine to up double figures with a stunning burst that seized momentum in what amounted to a road game and sent the program to its first title in any league.

Jimmy V pairings set

Villanova will play Illinois and Indiana will meet Louisville in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden. Illinois replaces fellow Big Ten school Maryland, which had scheduling issues. Maryland will be in the 2016 event. The men’s basketball doubleheader will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, an initiative by ESPN to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated over $8 million for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record $1.8 million in 2013. The V Foundation honors Jim Valvano, who led NC State to the 1983 national championship and died from cancer in 1993. – AP

Villanova basketball assistant resigns

Villanova announced that assistant basketball coach Doug Martin has resigned because of inaccuracies on his resume. Martin was hired as associate coach by Villanova head coach Jay Wright on Monday. Martin had been coaching at Paul VI High School in Virginia. He has also coached in the Continental Basketball Association. When he was hired by Villanova, the school issued a news release that said Martin had played for Wisconsin-Green Bay from 1991-95. ESPN.com first reported that there was no record of Martin playing for Wisconsin-Green Bay. – Associated Press

Eagles seek ways to approach three-week break

Under the old format of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, had Eastern Washington University survived until this weekend, it would have already played in the NCAA Division I Championship game, which was held last year in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Dec. 18. But with this year’s expansion of the playoff field from 16 to 20 teams, the No. 1-ranked and fifth-seeded Eagles found themselves locked in a semifinal with defending national champion Villanova at Roos Field on Friday night.