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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for December 20, 2013

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring doing more with less, the genius of Bill Raftery, and Arcidogeacono's growing celebrity.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! We've got Rider in our gunsights and those poor kids are likes Bambi wandering through a meadow. They've got no chance. No chance, I tell you!

(And that's how fired I get for RIDER, when you give me two basketball games in two weeks.)

Seriously, great job everybody. Two straight weeks with no weekday Villanova basketball can make any man lose it, and we avoided killing each other on here. You're all the best.

And now, the "news."

Merry Christmas to us all!

Jay Wright is getting the most out of his roster | ESPN
And ESPN article about Villanova! ZOMG! Also, I think we've found a replacement #narrative for Villanova lacks size - "this season's Wildcats are all about the sum of their parts."

Can Big East still come up big? |
You gotta see this picture of Bill Raftery. I love that man. Oh right, and there's some Jay quotes in here about how the new Big East stacks up.

The First 68: Arcidogeacono an All-American |
Our very own rsaccoma2016's viral campaign has hit the mothership. I'm so proud of you Ryan...I love you, man.

UConn goes down thanks to their worst half of basketball ever | The UConn Blog
That's a guaranteed rise in the coaches poll next week assuming we take care of business. Thank you very much Stanford! Remember when we used to play down to our level of competition? That feels like 5 years ago.

Qatar Chronicles: Part IV, They wanted it more |
David Roth traveled to Qatar for a closer look at the World Cup's future home. Here is the fourth installment of his five-part series.