Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! With Hoops Mania done and dusted, I can now officially start the countdown until the first televised action of the season - 8 days! Next Tuesday's game against Northwood will be aired by Fox Sports 1. So no complaining about Fox until they blow the coverage of the 1985 championship anniversary, okay?
We've got a busy week of coverage ahead. We'll continue previewing the roster, one player per day. It's also Richmond week (the game is on TV!), and Saturday likely presents the last time the 'Cats will face a Top 25 team during the regular season. They'll need to be much better than they were on Saturday if they want to leave Richmond with the 'W.'
And now, the "news."
Villanova's Andy Talley receives Lifetime Achievement award | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
"Andy Talley is so deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifesaving work with the National Bone Marrow Foundation and ‘Get in the Game and Save a Life’ programs," said Shining Stars Chairman Dan Finnerty.
Top 25 Countdown: No. 11 Villanova Wildcats | CollegeBasketballTalk
Villanova went 29-5 last season and return essentially the same lineup. Why aren't more people talking about them?
Big East Conference at a basketball crossroads entering second season | ESPN
By Dana O'Neil: The new Big East is at a critical juncture entering its second year. In order for the league to return to national prominence, its original members must win now.
College basketball countdown: No. 13 Villanova | USA Today
"We have a really experienced team with two seniors who have started since they were freshmen and two juniors who are natural leaders," Wright said. "That's a huge benefit, and we'll have great leadership. ... But at the same time, it's a big challenge. Mostly, not to get complacent. When you've done the same stuff for so long, you can get lazy. It happens in practices, and it can happen in games."
Villanova believes 'everybody is coming for us' as the favorites in the Big East | NJ.com
Hillard isn't alone in assuming the Wildcats will get every team's best effort. Junior forward Daniel Ochefu said as the favorites to win the Big East and a heavily ranked preseason team (Sporting News recently had Villanova as their No. 11 team), the bar has been raised.
Villanova’s Poppy Livers playing big | The Philadelphia Tribune
Villanova has one of the best Football Championship Subdivision teams in the country. The Wildcats, ranked No. 4, have a number of great players. One of them is Poppy Livers, a wide receiver who has put together an impressive season. Livers has 36 receptions for 562 yards and six touchdowns.
PC frosh Ben Bentil gets good word from NCAA | Providence Journal
After losing a few key eligibility cases in his first three years at Providence, Ed Cooley won a very big one Friday. And this might be one reason why Jay Wright seemed to not recruit Ben Bentil while fans clamored for him to.
North Carolina Tar Heels academic fraud 'compounded by inaction,' lack of oversight, chancellor says | ESPN
An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal's fallout.
Radnor Township Police Reports: Villanova student injures fingers in roommate scuffle | Main Line Media News
There's obviously not a lot going on in Radnor these days.