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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for December 31, 2013

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring rudeness, PCats looking to avoid 0-2, and the year in longforms.

Happy Game Day, 'Nova Nation! Feels like it has been a while since I got to talk about a game on the day of the game in here. I'm very confident that we will get back on the winning path tonight in a tough environment against a good team. Why, you ask? Well, for one the team was flying a Delta plane out to Indiana. Ballers. And second, we've got great leadership on this team. They're ready to go after being humbled.

And now, the "news."

Jay Wright and the boys are ready to go vs. Butler | Big East Coast Bias

'Nova looking to hand Butler "rude introduction" to BIG EAST life |
Few mid-major programs have been as successful in recent years as Butler. Now it's time to see if the Bulldogs can remain an elite program as part of the Big East. Enter Villanova.

Villanova shouldn't drop in the rankings | CollegeBasketballTalk
Well, we should drop. A loss is a loss. But agree with what is said here. Anyone who thinks so much less of us (I've seen a few) for losing a well-fought game to the #2 team in the country in front of 30K fans needs to get lost.

PCats Travel to Marquette for New Years Matchup | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
After a tough loss on the road at Creighton, the Lady Cats are right back at it with another tough matchup. Starting 0-2 in conference play would not be ideal.

Former UNLV player Savon Goodman pleads guilty to misdemeanors | CollegeBasketballTalk
I saw this briefly mentioned in the comments of one post but thought I should push this back up top. Remember how upset we all were when he decommitted? Talk about a bullet being dodged, Keanu Reeves style.

The Year in Longform 2013 |
13 of our favorite SB Nation features from ‘13. This is the AWARD-WINNING longform program people. You really should take a peak in here. I suggest the one on Mike Francesa for all you Northeasterners.