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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for January 27, 2014

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring Pinkston's maturation, more scoring, and the Sixers watch 'Nova.

Happy Georgetown Hate Day, 'Nova Nation! I was out of town over the weekend and didn't get to see much of the Marquette game, but I'm back and ready for some Hoya Suxa action. What's with the game starting at 9 pm though?

What are you doing today to celebrate the impending demolition?

If you have any family or friends who went to La Salle, give them a hug this morning, because the La Salle community suffered a very sad loss last night. Former Explorers' star, Tom Gola, passed away at age 81 at St. Joseph's Manor in Meadowbrook. He helped take La Salle to the 1952 National Invitation Tournament title and 1954 NCAA title.

And now, the "news."

Pinkston grows into bigger role for Villanova |
A nice profile of JayVaughn's evolution this season into more than just a scorer.

Block-Charge call still new to officials | ESPN
Asked why bother drawing an arc on the court if the play isn't reviewable, [NCAA Coordinator of Officials] Adams conceded the point.

Scoring way up in whole new Big East | Bradenton Herald
A Big East team scoring 95 points? In the old days, two teams might not combine for that many. In a lot of ways and for a lot of reasons, it's a whole new Big East.

Personal records broken at Tiger Open | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Redshirt freshman Caitlin Bungo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the Mile and Villanova had seven different athletes record personal best marks in the Tiger Open at Jadwyn Gym on over teh weekend.

Robert Hurlbut Wins 3000 Meters at Tiger Open | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Junior Robert Hurlbut (Rochester, N.Y.) took home a first place finish in the 3000 meters and Villanova competed in six events at the Tiger Open on Saturday afternoon. A total of seven athletes were in competition for the Wildcats in the meet at Jadwyn Gym on the Princeton campus.

Temple in midst of longest losing streak since the 70s | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
That's 8 straight going the wrong way for the Owls. To be fair, some of the games have been really close (like this last one vs. Cincinnati), but it looks like Temple hasn't laced up their big boy shoes that the step up in conference required.

Michael Carter-Williams isn't a fan of Marquette | Evan Turner's Instagram
I'm not sure who that is initially saying how bad the refs blew the call, but at the end of the video Turner snipes MCW calling Marquette a bunch of cheaters (jokingly).