Arcidiacono is tabbed Rookie of the Year while Pinkston is named to first team
Villanova is No. 9 seed in South Region and makes eighth NCAA appearance in last nine years
Teams square off at 7 p.m. in New York City
Senior connected on nine of 10 from the field
Mouphtaou Yarou made his first seven shots and scored 18 points.
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 defeated No. 5 Georgetown 67-57
Villanova vs. No. 23 Pittsburgh - AP Photos
2012-13 Overview: Led the Wildcats in minutes played (34.0 mpg) and assists (3.5 apg) ... A unanimous choice to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team and was named Rookie of the Week four times ... Named a team captain with James Bell and Mouphtaou Yarou in January ... Averaged 11.9 ppg.
2013 NCAA Tournament: Scored 10 points and added three assists in a 78-71 loss to North Carolina in a second round game played in Kansas City.
2013 BIG EAST Championship: Chipped in with 15 points and a season high six rebounds in a 66-53 victory over St. John's in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship on Mar. 13.
2012-13 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: Started all 31 regular season games for the `Cats and led the team in minutes played (33.9 mpg) and assists (3.5 apg) ... Ranked second on the team in scoring at 12.2 ppg ... Earned four BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors, including one for the final week of the regular season ... Dropped in 23 points with four assists in a 73-64 loss at No. 23 Pitt on March 3 ... Contributed 16 points, four assists and one steal in a 66-65 loss at Seton Hall on Feb. 25 ... Added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists to VU's 60-56 win over No. 17 Marquette on Feb. 23 ... Added 14 points, four assists and zero turnovers in a 71-63 victory over Rutgers on Feb. 18 ... Delivered 25 points to help lift VU past Connecticut 70-61 on Feb. 16 ... Connected on 8-of-15 from the field and 5-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc ... His 23 points helped lead VU past DePaul 94-71 on Feb. 5 ... Sank a 3-point goal with 2.2 seconds left to pull Villanova even at 61 in what became a 75-71 win over No. 3 Syracuse on Jan. 26 ... His 15 points and five rebounds helped lift Villanova to a 73-64 victory over No. 5 Louisville on Jan. 22.
Honored as Philadelphia Big Five player and BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Jan. 7 ... Established a season-high with 32 points, including seven 3-point baskets, in a 98-86 victory over St. John's in his first BIG EAST game on Jan. 2.
2012-13 Non-Conference Highlights: Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the second time on Dec. 31 after scoring 17 points and adding three assists in a 70-60 win over NJIT ... Contributed nine points, four assists and three steals to an 83-56 win at Monmouth on Dec. 22 ... His assist led to game-winning basket with 28 seconds left by James Bell in 65-61 win over Saint Joseph's ... Added 12 points in a 68-55 win at Penn on Dec. 8 despite being limited by second half foul trouble ... Contributed eight points, four assists and four rebounds in a 62-52 win at Vanderbilt on Dec. 1 ... Established season highs in minutes (41) and assists (seven) in a 77-74 overtime loss to La Salle on Nov. 25 ... Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Nov. 19 ... Contributed 18 points and six assists to VU's 89-81 overtime victory over Purdue on Nov. 15 ... Became the first Wildcat freshman since Scottie Reynolds in 2006-07 to score 25 points in a game in an 80-68 win over Marshall ... Scored 11 points to go with four assists and three rebounds in his college debut on Nov. 9 against UDC.
Is one of six children of Patti and Joe Arcidiacono ... Siblings include Sabrina (27), Nicole (25), Michael (22), and Christopher and Courtney (13) ... Both parents attended Villanova and Joe Arcidiacono played football for the Wildcats from 1976-80 ... Born March 26, 1994... Averaged 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as a junior in 2010-11 ... December surgery to his back caused him to miss the 2011-12 campaign ... Named the 2011 Courier Times Player of the Year and to the Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania first team ... Ranked among the Top 50 seniors in the nation by ESPNU ... Signed a national letter of intent to attend Villanova in November 2011.
Jay Wright on Arcidiacono: "On the floor, Ryan is a complete player who has been well schooled by his coach, Jerry Devine. His court sense, vision and uncanny shooting eye give him the opportunity to become the next great Villanova guard. Ryan is committed to becoming the best player he can be and our staff cannot wait to begin working with him when he enrolls at Villanova."