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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for April 18th, 2013

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Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring the basketball banquet and a possible shortened shot clock for the NCAA.

Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! It's aloha from Washington, D.C. for yours truly (another old Brian Ewart stomping ground, wouldn't ya know). Haven't been down here in a while, and other than it being Hoya country, it's good to be back. Beautiful city, especially in the spring.

On to the links!

Beermann Homers Twice But Wildcats Fall To Delaware, 8-3, in Championship Game - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Freshman first baseman Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) had a memorable night with two home runs in a Major League stadium but Villanova (9-26) lost to Delaware (25-10) by a score of 8-3 in the championship game of the Liberty Bell Classic at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. The home runs by Beermann are the first ever hit by the Wildcats in five games at the home of the Phillies.

Yarou Leads 2013 Villanova Basketball Award Winners - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
The winners of the 2012-13 Villanova Basketball Awards were announced in conjunction with the Men's Basketball Banquet held on Wednesday evening at the Pavilion. Seniors Mouphtaou Yarou and Maurice Sutton were among those honored.

College basketball shot clock may be shortened - SBNation.com
Could the shot clock in college hoops be shortened? Tom Izzo (and others) are pushing for a change.

NCAA 2013-14 preseason rankings - SBNation.com
Spoiler Alert: No Villanova in this version of next year's early Top 25.

Penn Relays examining safety in wake of Boston bombings - Philly.com
After the Boston Marathon bombing this week, UPenn's upcoming major track and field event is examining it's own security. The event draws more than 100,000 spectators to historic Franklin Field every year, and features athletes from the High School, College and elite/professional ranks.