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Villanova coach hits 400

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Jay Wright walked off the court to Villanova students chanting "400! 400!" at the coach.

His milestone win was in the record book, and the Wildcats look primed to build quite a bit more on that total this season.

James Bell scored 20 and JayVaughn Pinkston had 19 to lead No. 6 Villanova to its fifth straight victory, 70-53 over Seton Hall on Friday night.

Known as much for his designer suits worn without a wrinkle, Wright, 52, has won 278 games at Villanova (278-146; since 2001) after going 122-85 at Hofstra (1994-2001). Wright has led his teams to 10 NCAA tournaments and went to the 2009 Final Four.

The Wildcats (21-2, 9-1 Big East) are perennial conference contenders, and this season's team is his best since '09.

"I just feel very fortunate to be able to coach at Villanova," Wright said. "Whoever coaches at Villanova is going to get a lot of wins."

Alexander Severance won 413 games over 25 seasons (1936-61), John Kraft won 238 over 12 and Rollie Massimino won 357 over 19.

No. 12 Creighton 78, DePaul 66: Doug McDermott scored 32, including 11 during a 14-2 second-half run, and the host Bluejays (19-3, 9-1 Big East) sent the Blue Demons to their sixth loss in a row.

Arizona: Brandon Ashley, who suffered a season-ending foot injury Saturday, said he is now more likely to return to the team next season rather than head to the NBA. He was projected as a late first or early second-round pick.

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No. 3 Stanford 77, Wash St. 69: Chiney Ogwumike scored 36 with 17 rebounds as the Cardinal (22-1, 11-0 Pac-12) improved to 56-0 against the host Cougars.

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