Happy basketball gameday, 'Nova Nation! And screw it, TGIF! This is Christmas come early, folks! And to celebrate this monumental day, we have an absolutely loaded set of links.
Let it sink in, basketball is back!
And now, the "news."
Emotional homecoming for Villanova senior captain, Liberty product Hilliard - The Morning Call
Darrun Hilliard has not played meaningful basketball in the Lehigh Valley in three years and eight months, since he was the region's best high school player while at Liberty. He returns Friday as one of Villanova University's best players.
University Suspends All Frats, Sororities After Incident | NBC News.com
All fraternities and sororities at West Virginia University were suspended Thursday after an 18-year-old freshman was found unconscious and not breathing inside a fraternity house, just a week after a different fraternity was suspended after 19 pledges got into a street brawl, university officials and police said.
Lehigh-Villanova Preview | FOX Sports
Almost three decades have passed since the greatest season in Villanova basketball history, but current coach Jay Wright continues to guide the program with the same principles used back then.
Sports talk-show host Tom Fallon is looking forward to working the Lehigh-Villanova game on Friday | The Morning Call
Lehigh basketball play-by-play man Tom Fallon is looking forward to working the big game Friday night
Arcidiacono hopes journey is a long one for Villanova | The Intelligencer
Playing basketball at the AAU level was the ticket for Ryan Arcidiacono to see a lot of America for most of the summers when he was growing up. Last summer, it was a ticket to see the world.
Predictions for the college basketball season | ESPN
The worldwide leader's panel of experts predicts the upcoming season.
Big East at a glance | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Wisconsin paper's team-by-team look at the Big East as well as five players to watch.
DiVincenzo, Hahn sign with Villanova | delawareonline.com
Villanova came away with two of Delaware's best basketball players on Tuesday. Donte DiVincenzo signed with the men's team and Ursuline's Adrianna Hahn signed with the women's program.
Why college basketball season matters | SBNation.com
No, the regular season isn't as much fun as March Madness, but you can't properly appreciate the tournament without knowing all that went into bringing us there.
Top 10 best dressed coaches | ESPN
Only click on this link if you want your already hostile feelings towards ESPN to reach nuclear levels.
Big East favorite Villanova has championship hopes | USA Today
This year's Villanova team wants a national championship of its own to finally give that '85 squad some company.
Villanova Welcomes Albany to Main Line Saturday | CBS Philly
The Villanova Wildcats welcome Albany to the Main Line in Colonial Athletic Association action on Saturday.
Football to host Senior Night against Albany | The Villanovan
Seventeen seniors will play their final home game—excluding potential playoff games—Saturday night at 7 p.m. against the University of Albany.
The Preseason All-Americans | SBNation.com
SB Nation's network of college basketball writers name the best players heading into the 2014-15 season.
Isaiah Briscoe commits to Kentucky | SBNation.com
The five-star guard from New Jersey who once contemplated Villanova is the latest prospect to choose John Calipari's team.
Makinde London to redshirt 2014-2015 season | Banners On The Parkway
The lanky PF is likely to take the season off to further refine his game and build his body.
Gonzaga to play Pittsburgh in 2015 Armed Forces Classic | The Slipper Still Fits
The Bulldogs will take on Pittsburgh in Japan...
I rushed to finish this judgment of our rush to judge a rush to judgment | John Gasaway
"If tomorrow it emerges that a staff member at a blue-chip college basketball program has for decades used his position of power and prominence to secretly carry out terrible criminal actions of unimaginable scope and magnitude, I will have no problem whatsoever with the other revenue-sports-playing universities in the vicinity collectively considering whether some form of censure and redress, subordinate to and cognizant of criminal proceedings, might be appropriate."
Bill Walton explains why basketball is the best sport | SBNation.com
Some slight shade is thrown at football. Slight to moderate shade.
Texas high school makes playoffs at 0-10 | AP
Houston Scarborough coach Ajani Sanders understands there are people who don't think his 0-10 team with a 57-game losing streak should be in the Texas high school football playoffs.
Alabama team doctors spring into action, save LSU police officer | Yellowhammer News
In the thrill-ride of Alabama's win over LSU Saturday, the Crimson Tide's team doctors were called to action after the game.
UMass’s Derrick Gordon at peace after coming out as gay | The Boston Globe
Miserable, isolated, frustrated, and confused, Derrick Gordon boldly changed the frame around his life in April when he chose to come out to family, friends, and his basketball teammates at the University of Massachusetts. He figured he wasn’t the Derrick Gordon they all knew. But he figured incorrectly, and it’s that miscalculation that now brings Gordon, the only self-identified gay man in Division 1 NCAA basketball, a broad smile, an easy laugh, and a boundless sense of relief.