Jon Marks

Sports Reporter

After handling Providence, Villanova ready to take to the road

When Jay Wright takes Villanova on the road, he doesn’t walk into the gym and immediately measures the height of the basket and the distance to the foul line, a la "Hoosiers." And when the Wildcats need a hoop late in the game they don’t run the "picket fence." The fact is it doesn’t matter to the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:23 PM

Collin Gillespie leads Villanova past Georgetown again

Not even the greatest Georgetown player of them all, Patrick Ewing, knew the name of Villanova’s latest “Hoya Destroya.” That’s how unexpected 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Collin Gillespie’s 30-point explosion was for the Wildcats in a much-harder-than-it-sounds 77-65 win over their fiercest Big East...

Monday, February 4, 2019, 12:21 PM

After waiting his turn, Phil Booth finally stepping up big for Villanova

Jay Wright admits he’s surprised to see Villanova with a record of 16-4 and atop the Big East conference at 7-0 heading into Wednesday night's game at DePaul, especially considering the Wildcats lost four players off of their National Championship team to the NBA. But there’s...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 5:19 PM

Penn beats Saint Joseph’s to clinch first Big 5 title in 17 years

It’s an unofficial championship, which won’t bear any weight in terms of the Selection Committee when the NCAA Tournament rolls around in March. But don’t tell Steve Donahue and the Penn Quakers that winning the Big 5 title doesn’t mean anything, especially considering it...

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3:02 PM

Subs key in Penn's Big 5 title clinching win over Temple

The history of the Big 5 is littered with stories of unheralded players becoming unlikely heroes for a day. Probably the most famous was Saint Joseph’s guard Steve Donches hitting a 30-footer at the buzzer to beat Villanova in 1966, but there have been others through the years. Now add Penn...

Monday, January 21, 2019, 4:44 PM

Penn still confident despite back-to-back Ivy losses to Princeton

Unlike 40 years ago, there will be no trips to the Final Four this year for the Penn Quakers—and that would be true even if Steve Donahue’s team had beaten archrival Princeton on Saturday at the Palestra. Neither the game nor the Ivy League is the same as when Bob Weinhauer guided the...

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 1:19 PM

Temple knocks off unbeaten Houston to maintain Dunphy’s upset streak

For 13 years Fran Dunphy has been calling the shots at Temple, ever since he left the Ivy League comforts of Penn to replace legendary John Chaney.  That means he’s survived six Owl football coaches, starting off with Al Golden, through the unforgettable 17-day Manny Diaz era, with...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6:09 PM

St. John's finally back on national stage

VILLANOVA, PA— No matter what the gaudy record and the national rankings may say after three-straight losing seasons, don’t tell Chris Mullin that St. John’s has become an overnight sensation this year.  He, more than any of the players who’ve helped the Red...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 10:53 AM

Vulnerable Villanova opens Big East play with another win

Surely, this will be the year. This will be the year the rest of the Big East, having been dominated by Villanova on a regular basis for the past five years, finally gives the Wildcats a taste of their own medicine.  This will be the year Jay Wright & Co, forced to rebuild after four of...

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 5:31 PM

Bowl preview: Temple looking to continue their winning ways in postseason

While the "new norm" that Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson proclaimed would be the standard from here on hasn’t quite worked out as planned for the better-known birds who inhabit Lincoln Financial Field, it’s definitely kicked in for the other. As a result, the Temple...

Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 2:13 PM

Penn snaps Villanova’s six-year hold on city in Palestra classic

Put this down in the "man bites dog" column. Not since 2012—a span of 25 games—had Villanova lost a game to a Big 5 team, a run that also included Jay Wright’s Wildcats winning two National Championships in the last three years.  But if you think that’s long...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:25 PM

Villanova nears another Big 5 title after winning 'Holy War'

It was a Big 5 “3-for-all” like you’ve never seen before. The result, well, that you’ve definitely seen. Villanova won the “Holy War” over bitter rival Saint Joseph’s 70-58 on Saturday and with it their 25th consecutive Big 5 victory. Jay Wright’s...

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 3:59 PM

Samuels saves Villanova as Big 5 streak reaches 24 wins

The plan seemed to be working. Visiting Temple had Villanova on the ropes. The reigning National champions, who haven’t lost a Big Five game since falling to the Owls in 2012, a span of 23 games, were playing from behind and struggling offensively. With Temple putting a defensive clamp...

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 4:30 PM

Temple happy to Duke it out in Independence Bowl

Finding out you’re playing Duke in a postseason game often can ruin your appetite. But no offense to Duke’s David Cutcliffe, these aren’t Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils — filled with All Americans and surefire NBA Lottery picks -- the Temple Owls will be facing them on...

Monday, December 3, 2018, 4:45 PM

Modern day Big 5 “doubleheader” turns memorable

No, the Big 5 is not what it used to be and in fact, never will be again. But every once in a while Penn, Temple, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Villanova wake up the echoes and remind us of how it once was. That’s what happened on Saturday when a modern Big 5 "doubleheader"...

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 4:09 PM

Resilient Temple climbs off deck again to beat South Florida

Down, but not out. That was the story of Temple’s improbable 27-17 come-from-way-behind victory over South Florida at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. The Owls forced five second-half turnovers while scoring touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams to erase a 17-point halftime...

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 2:40 PM

Michigan brings Villanova back down to earth in title game rematch

Villanova head coach Jay Wright didn’t have to look at the grisly numbers to know what he had just witnessed. "Whatever the final score was, it wasn't that close," said Wright after his young Wildcats were humbled from start to finish by Michigan, 73-46, on Wednesday, in a...

Friday, November 16, 2018, 12:37 PM

Villanova –Michigan championship rematch won’t be quite the same

Since it’s appearing less and less likely that the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will get a chance to battle it out again in Super Bowl LIII, this might be as close of a rematch that we’ll get. On Wednesday night at Villanova’s swank, refurbished $65 million...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:03 PM

Penn toasted by Harvard in final home game

The irony wasn’t lost on those paying attention. Per tradition at Penn football games at the end of the third quarter, the band strikes up the school’s fight song while those in the student section rise and join in song. As the ditty nears its conclusion with the phrase "Here...

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 12:48 PM

Jay Wright, Villanova facing a different challenge this season

It’s finally time for the other team in town defending a title to face the music. But unlike the Philadelphia Eagles, Villanova says it’s still playing the same tune now as always.  They are still sticking with the same philosophy that’s worked so well and brought to them to...

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:01 PM