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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for October 29, 2014

Daily Villanova links.

Huuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaaaay! We are under a week away from Villanova basketball, y'all! I cannot wait to scream. And I'm not even sure what I'll scream about. It really could be anything. Seeing Rollie on TV (good). An ill-advised Arch 3 (bad). Mikal Bridges transition dunk (good). Dylan Ennis continuing to hoist from deep (bad). Jay Wright's suit choice (good...or dare I say bad?).

Just get me to Tuesday now (preferably with a Villanova football win on Saturday). I almost don't care what happens because basketball will be back!

And now, the "news."

Villanova men's basketball coach Wright needs Hilliard to speak up | The Morning Call
Villanova coach Jay Wright loves Darrun Hilliard's versatility and skills. He needs his senior captain to become a vocal leader this season.

Villanova basketball ready for challenge | Philadelphia Daily News
High expectations after best regular season in team history, disappointing postseason

Seasoned Villanova not running from high expectations | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
"I have one goal, and that’s just getting my team to Indianapolis," he said. "That’s my main goal and my main focus."

Position change suits Craig at Villanova | The Times-Tribune
"The coaches came to me and asked if I’d be willing to give it a try," Craig said. "I couldn’t be more excited. It’s been enjoyable."

VIDEO: Villanova Ready for Richmond | Philadelphia Inquirer
The Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports from Villanova as the Wildcats head to Richmond this weekend for a game between nationally ranked teams.

The best 100 players in college basketball |
College basketball is around the corner. These are the top players in the country. Two Villanovans included.

Report: DePaul forward Rashaun Stimage breaks foot | CollegeBasketballTalk
Stimage was expected to start this season.

Full College Football Playoff rankings here, topped by Mississippi State |
The College Football Playoff selection committee announced its first-ever Top 25 ranking Tuesday night, led by a team that just a few weeks ago landed its first-ever AP Top 25 No. 1 spot.

20 maps that explain the NBA |
From the past to the present, professional basketball has occupied a major space in our sporting world. Here are several maps that show how the game has changed.

Table tennis champion loses $45,000 prize after partially destroying arena | Mashable
Zhang Jike destroys advertising boards during his celebration after winning the Liebherr Men’s World Cup title in Düsseldorf.