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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for October 17, 2014

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TGIF, 'Nova Nation! We're expecting a slow news day, but Larry will have the weekly Olympic Sports recap up, and I'll be covering everybody's favorite team to hate, the Georgetown Hoyas. Big football game on tap tomorrow, and the team will likely get William & Mary's best effort like they always do.

See you on Saturday, folks!

And now, the "news."

Caller reports seeing bear in Villanova | Main Line Media News
No indication if it was just Wil D. Cat and the caller was blind drunk.

Top 10 most important shooters | ESPN
These 10 players will need to shoot it well from distance in order for their teams to have success. A Villanovan makes the list.

Arcidiacono preparing for junior season | City of Basketball Love
"For some, Ryan Arcidiacono’s sophomore season at Villanova was seen as a step back. His scoring numbers and minutes dipped from his freshman year on a team that went 16-2 in the Big East and 29-5 overall, losing to UConn in the third round of the NCAA tournament."

Y.A.C. Podcast - Villanova vs. William & Mary | CAA Football
Ryan 'Fan Man' Fannon joins the CAA Football crew to talk about the big game on Saturday.

William & Mary going for a 'Green-Out' | Augusta Free Press
Also, the game will be streamed for free in HD. Hint, hint, Villanova Athletics.

2015 forward Kaiser Gates Chooses Xavier | Banners On The Parkway
After a monster 2014 class, things had been slow for Chris Mack. That changed Wednesday.

Temple's Dunphy a big recruiting draw
Archbishop Carroll boys' basketball coach Paul Romanczuk described Fran Dunphy as a straight shooter who demands excellence. Haverford School's Levan Alston, who committed to Dunphy last month, said the Temple coach showed him "genuine love." Temple recruit Trey Lowe lauded Dunphy for his loyalty.

Wichita State hands out championship-like rings after early exit in NCAA Tournament |
Nothing quite says mid-major like this gesture.

Magic still there in unique 55-year relationship between Slippery Rock and Michigan football programs |
Slippery Rock coach George Mihalik was on the sidelines 35 years ago when the university's football team played at Michigan Stadium for the first time.

Football: Tribe prepares to host No. 5 Villanova | Flat Hat News
"The College is in desperate need of a confidence-restoring win, but its upcoming opponent, No. 5 Villanova (5-1, 3-0 CAA), will be difficult. The Wildcats are averaging 41.8 points per game so far, boasting a punishing rush attack and a star in quarterback John Robertson."

Week 8 picks: Much love for Villanova -
Picking this week's Big South, FCS Top 25 and ACC games.

Villanova Visits William & Mary In Key CAA Battle | CBS Philly
The Villanova Wildcats, ranked as high as 4th in the country in FCS, will be on the road on Saturday as they visit William and Mary in a big Colonial Athletic Association match-up.

Blake Griffin writes about playing for Donald Sterling | The Players' Tribune
As an Apple guy, I can't say that I endorse his love of Steve Ballmer, but altogether a pretty good read.