User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Jack Kraft, Villanova coach, dies at 93

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

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.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: Sweet 16 - South Regional
Schwab: Sweet 16 - East Regional
Sportsbook: Friday's Top Action
Edwards: Bracket Analysis - Sweet 16
Lawrence: Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Angles
Mejia: Sweet 16's Invaluable Players
Marshall: Remembering the '76 Hoosiers
Irish knock out Wichita State, 81-70
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK  Hot Streaks
14-2 L3 Days, 24-6 Win Streak
4-0 L4 Picks, 14-3 L4 Days
8-0 L8 G-Plays, 21-10 L31 Picks
4-1 L5 G-Plays, +1,481 This Year
6-0 Streak, 9-2 L11 Totals
12-5 L17 Guaranteed Plays
4-0 L5 Days, 11-1 L12 Streak
9-2 L11, 12-4 Last 16 Run
6-3 L5 Days, 7-4 L11 G-Plays
10-4 L14 Over/Under Picks
6-0 Thursday, 12-5 L17 Picks
19-11 L30 G-Plays, +1,212 TY
2-0 Y'day, 7-2 Last 9 Picks
5-2 Saturday, 14-8 L22 Run
8-4 L12 Guaranteed Plays
10-4 L14 Picks, 4-1 L5 G-Plays
5-1 Record Last 3 Days
3-0 L3 G-Plays, 4-1 L5 Picks
NCAA BK College Basketball Expert Sports Picks- NCAA Tournament - Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack
2014 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 1481
Chip Chirimbes + 1357
John Fisher + 1212
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1451
Joe Williams + 1030
The SportsBoss + 791
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Chip Chirimbes 55 %
John Fisher 54 %
Kevin Rogers 53 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 1776
John Fisher + 1334
Antony Dinero + 847
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1302
Kyle Hunter + 712
Andy Iskoe + 680
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
The SportsBoss + 722
Joe Williams + 368
Kevin Rogers + 256
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb