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No. 3 Villanova returns to the court Tuesday for the first time in 27 days

The Wildcats had to pause team activities twice since Christmas after positive coronavirus tests, one from coach Jay Wright, that resulted in the postponement of four games.

James Franklin believes a new offensive coordinator can energize the Penn State offense

Mike Yurcich was hired Jan. 8 to replace Kirk Ciarrocca, who held the job for just one season. Franklin said he wants to have a more explosive attack.

William & Mary’s free-throw shooting late sinks Drexel, 69-64

The Dragons led by nine with fo minutes to play but missed their last seven shots from the field and could not finish off the weekend sweep. The Tribe hit 17 free throws in the final 3:17.

Cam Wynter leads Drexel to 82-58 win over William & Mary; La Salle loses to Davidson

Wynter posted his third career double-double with 19 points and 11 assists to lead the Dragons to their first CAA win of the season. The Explorers got off to another slow start and couldn't recover

Villanova to add freshman forward Trey Patterson as one of four signees to the incoming 2021 class

The 6-foot-7 Patterson, who averaged 19.7 points last season at Rutgers (N.J.) Prep, graduated early and will be added to the Wildcats' roster after the Jan. 25 start of the spring semester.

Penn State safety Lamont Wade declares for the NFL draft

Wade, who was named third-team All-Big Ten in the media voting, started 22 straight games in his final two years with the Nittany Lions. He also scored on a 100-yard kickoff return this season.

Villanova returns to practice after COVID outbreak among players, set to resume season next week

The Wildcats have quarantined twice since Dec. 26, once when coach Jay Wright tested positive, and the other time on positive tests of two players.

La Salle’s poor shooting leads to 75-42 defeat at George Mason

The Explorers shot poorly at the start of both halves -- 2 of 16 in the first half, 3 of 20 in the second -- while scoring a season low for points.

The Big East schedule maker has a tough job in this season of COVID, rescheduling games for Villanova and other teams

At least 18 conference games have been postponed so far. The Wildcats, who are on their second pause because of positive COVID tests, have had seven games postponed and won't play again until Jan. 19.

La Salle hurt by slow start, loses 83-67 to Massachusetts

The Explorers missed 10 layups in the first half on their way to a 24-point halftime deficit. Coach Ashley Howard felt there was a lack of urgency on the part of his team.