James Bell scores 25 points and grabs 14 rebounds in victory.
Arcidiacono is tabbed Rookie of the Year while Pinkston is named to first team
Villanova dug its way out of a 20-point first half hole
Villanova is No. 9 seed in South Region and makes eighth NCAA appearance in last nine years
Senior connected on nine of 10 from the field
Villanova vs. St. Joseph's (USATSI)
Villanova men's basketball vs. Iowa, Battle4Atlantis Championship, Paradise Island, Bahamas on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
Villanova @ USC
Villanova lost to Louisville 74-55
Villanova vs. St. John's - AP Photos
A quality athlete with an ability to move without the basketball ... Versatile enough to handle the basketball if needed ... Has range to 3-point territory with a smooth lefthanded stroke.
2012-13 Overview: Enjoyed a breakthrough campaign, starting all 34 games while averaging 11.4 ppg ... Named the national college player of the week in late January ... Added 2.8 rpg.
2013 NCAA Tournament: Played a strong game in his first NCAA action, draining 8-of-15 field goal attempts to finish with 18 points in 36 minutes. Also added six rebounds in the 78-71 loss to North Carolina.
2013 BIG EAST Championship: Added four points, four assists and a pair of steals in 29 minutes against St. John's ... Had seven points, three rebounds and three assists against Louisville in the quarterfinal.
2012-13 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: Dropped in a critical 3-pointer with 5:42 left in the game to help VU down No. 5 Georgetown 67-57 on Mar. 6 ... Ended the night with 14 points and three steals ... Notched 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to help lift the Wildcats past No. 17 Marquette 60-56 on Feb. 23 ... Helped key a second half rally against Rutgers, scoring 14 points and adding three steals and three rebounds to help VU down the Scarlet Knights 71-63 ... Dropped in six of eight field goal attempts for 17 points in a 68-40 win over USF on Feb. 9 ... Converted 7-of-11 from the field and finished with 17 points in a 94-71 win at DePaul ... Sank all 10 of his free throws against Providence, establishing a new career-high for free throws made ... Led the Wildcats with 17 points in a 55-52 loss to Providence on Feb. 3 ... Added 14 points in 34 minutes of a 65-60 loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 30 ... Named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on Jan. 28 ... Also tapped as BIG EAST Player of the Week and co-Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week on Jan. 27 ... Notched new career highs in points (25), rebounds (seven), assists (six), minutes (38) and field goals (eight) in a 75-71 overtime victory over No. 3 Syracuse on Jan. 26 ... Connected on 8-of-11 from the field ... His traditional 3-point play with just over seven minutes to play helped ignite a Wildcat rally that culminated in a 73-64 win over No. 5 Louisville on Jan. 22. Contributed 14 points and three rebounds in 34 minutes at Providence on Jan. 19 ... Led the Wildcats with 14 points, including 3-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc, in a 58-43 loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 16 ... Collected six rebounds in a 61-53 win at USF on Jan. 9 ... Dropped in three key free throws to help Villanova force overtime against St. John's on Jan. 2 in a game it would go on to win ... Ended the evening with 14 points, four steals and four rebounds in 33 minutes.
2012-13 Non-Conference Highlights: Established a new career high with eight free throws in a 70-60 win over NJIT on Dec. 28 ... Added 10 points and four assists in a 75-65 win over Delaware on Dec. 16 ... Drained 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and ended the night with eight points in 27 minutes at Vanderbilt on Dec. 1 ... Posted a new career high for the second time in as many games with 22 points, on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, in an 89-81 win over Purdue in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic on Nov. 15 ... Dropped in 15 points to go with two assists and two steals in VU's 80-68 win over Marshall on Nov. 11 ... Chipped in with six points, three rebounds and three steals in VU's 78-58 win over UDC on Nov. 9.
2011-12 Overview: Appeared in 29 games in his debut college campaign, with nine starts ... Connected on 76 percent of his field goal attempts and averaged 4.8 ppg along with 2.4 rpg ... Averaged 18.1 minutes per outing and his 21 made 3-point field goals were fourth among the Wildcats.
2011-12 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: Averaged 3.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 16 appearances ... Contributed seven points, two steals and an assist in 21 minutes of action at USF on Feb. 15 ... Added eight points, two assists and two rebounds in an 84-76 win over Seton Hall on Jan. 18 ... Chipped in with four points and three assists against Syracuse on Jan. 11 ... Offered 12 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals in an 81-77 loss at No. 14 Marquette on New Year's Day .
2011-12 Postseason: Saw action against South Florida in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament but did not collect a point or rebound.
2011-12 Non-Conference Highlights: Offered eight points and five rebounds to go with a pair of steals in a 74-58 loss at Saint Joseph's on Dec. 17 ... Added 13 points in 30 minutes of action against Missouri at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6 ... Contributed a season-high 13 points to go with five rebounds and an assist in a 73-65 win over Penn on Dec. 3 at the Pavilion ... Was 4-of-4 from the field, including 3-of-3 from outside the 3-point arc, for 12 points in a 71-46 win over UC Riverside on Thanksgiving Day ... Contributed six points and six rebounds in VU's 79-69 win over Delaware on Nov. 18 ... His steal and subsequent basket in the final minute of regulation helped spark VU to a 76-69 overtime win over La Salle on Nov. 15 ... Was in the starting lineup for his college debut against Monmouth, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in a 106-70 win on Nov. 11.
LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL
A two-time Associated Press first team All-State choice ... Averaged 19.7 points per game as a senior in 2010-11 ... Closed his career with 1,413 points at Liberty to finish second to Warren West on the school's all-time scoring list ... Contributed 181 rebounds as a senior and made 54 3-point field goals.
Jay Wright on Hilliard: "Darrun brings us so many qualities that we value at Villanova. He has a great feel for the game and a knack for doing what's needed to win. He scores when his team needs him to score, gets big rebounds and is an extremely versatile player."
Parents are Darrun Hilliard and Charlene Jenkins ... Signed a national letter of intent to attend Villanova in November 2010 ... A Liberal Arts major.