- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Madison Square Garden in New York:

YOU'RE NOT UNSCATHED: Don't think for a moment that Villanova's starting five is immune from suspensions that took out 12 teammates for unauthorized use of a university telephone access code. The NCAA granted 'Nova permission to suit up five of its suspended players just to be able to field a team to finish out the regular season and participate in the Big East tournament.

The starters freshman guards Randy Foye and Allan Ray, junior guard Derrick Snowden, freshman forward Curtis Sumpter and sophomore center Marcus Austin also will serve suspensions, most likely next season. The Wildcats are scheduled to play in the prestigious Maui Classic in late November and are looking to frontload next year's early schedule with patsies so all the Wildcats will be eligible for Maui.

NOT THE FIRST TIME: Back in 1996, New Jersey Nets star and former Wildcat Kerry Kittles was suspended three games for improper use of the university's phone services. Villanova's "Dirty Dozen" aren't even in Kittles' league. Kittles used a university phone card to charge more than $3,000 in calls.

TOURNAMENT TITLES: The following item comes from the Big East trivia department. What school has won the most Big East tournament championships? Hint: It's not who you think. Answer: Georgetown. Shocking but true. The Hoyas have won six tournament championships. Connecticut, the most logical guess, has captured five titles. UConn is followed by St. John's and Syracuse with three apiece. Boston College and Seton Hall have won two and Providence and Villanova each has won one tournament.

Ken Wright

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