VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Jack Kraft, Villanova coach, dies at 93

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Jack Kraft, the Villanova basketball coach who guided the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA title game and coached such players as Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni and Howard Porter, has died. He was 93.

Advertisement
He died Thursday in New Jersey, the school said in a statement Friday.

Kraft coached the Wildcats for a dozen seasons and finished with 238 victories and a .715 winning percentage. His teams went to the postseason in 11 of his 12 years.

''Coach Kraft was a winner, a gentleman and an outstanding coach,'' coach Jay Wright said. ''His players loved and respected him. They stayed in touch with him until his final days.''

In addition to Jones, Melchionni and Porter, Kraft coached such standouts as Jim Washington, Johnny Jones, Fran O'Hanlon, Chris Ford, Hank Siemontkowski and Tom Ingelsby.

In 1971, a 23-6 record brought the team to the Final Four for the first time since 1939. The Wildcats lost 68-62 in the final to a UCLA team coached by John Wooden.

Porter was honored as the tournament's outstanding player, but that was later nullified and Villanova was disqualified. Porter was deemed ineligible for professional basketball connections. In 2007, Porter died at 58 after he was found severely beaten in an alley.

Kraft came to Villanova in 1961 from nearby Malvern Prep, succeeding Al Severance. His first team finished with a 21-7 record and made it to the NCAA playoffs, the first of six tournament appearances during his stay.

Kraft, who later coached at the University of Rhode Island, was honored at the Pavilion in 2011, 50 years after his first win, before many former players.

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: College Hoops Superlatives
Kentucky loses 6th player to NBA
Azubuike enters NBA draft, could return
Michigan's Matthews enters NBA draft
Alabama F Key says he will transfer
Seton Hall names Tony Skinn assistant
Dagan Nelson hired as NYU's coach
K-State G Patrick intends to transfer
Miami lands FGCU grad transfer Johnson
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2017 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 6267
Antony Dinero + 2956
Kyle Hunter + 2411
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Marc Lawrence 58 %
Joe Nelson 57 %
Bruce Marshall 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2773
Jimmy Boyd + 1758
Micah Roberts + 1439
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 5769
Micah Roberts + 3736
Kyle Hunter + 3448
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 3822
Antony Dinero + 3380
Bill Marzano + 1479
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership