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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news & links for November 25, 2014

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Daily Villanova links.

Happy gameday, 'Nova Nation! As I write to you, I don't know who we will be playing on Tuesday night. But what I can say is that we have once again learned to not overreact. That was a damn impressive win, and as frustrating as it might sound, this team might just play up and down to their level of competiton.

I can deal with that if we're playing winning the conference championship and playing meaningful postseason basketball. Can you?

And now, the "news."

Villanova wins Radnor approval for $300M expansion | Philly.com
Villanova's $300 million main lot expansion project was approved, with conditions, clearing the way for progress to be made on the plan. The battle isn't over and ground won't be broken tomorrow, however, as the University has yet to submit any specific building plans to the town. The parameters have been agreed upon, and Villanova will have to ensure that no loud music or excessive noise is generated and will have to construct foot-traffic controls to push pedestrians toward a to-be-constructed overpass.

Night Court: Villanova firmly gets away from VCU | CBSSports.com
I hadn't seen VCU outplayed like that in some time, in fact. Shaka Smart, frankly, has to be ripping tonight. Also, Rick Pitino said "I tried everything, played four white guys and an Egyptian," about his team's 87-26 demolition of Savannah State.

What Villanova lacks in star power, it makes up for with balance | ESPN
No. 12 Villanova uses a balanced attack to beat No. 14 VCU.

Villanova's rout of VCU continues the Big East's sizzling start | | Yahoo Sports
Ten days worth of games isn't a sufficient sample size to declare the Big East better than advertised, but the league's gaudy record is a promising sign after the reputation hit it suffered last March.

Big East Big Five: Week 3 | Anonymous Eagle
It's Thanksgiving Week, so that means loads and loads of excellent games involving the Big East.

Villanova among area teams in playoffs | Philly.com
AND WE'RE GOING TO THE 'SHIP, Y'ALL!

Bye gives Villanova a chance to rest, heal | Delco Times
"You’d rather play teams out of the league, but with the way they regionalize the tournament, you kind of get stuck with some of the better teams in the country in your own league. It’s a gut-buster to have to play JMU again and have to beat them again, it is what it is."

Liberty football team to face JMU in first round of FCS playoffs | WDBJ7.com
The Liberty University football team will make its first-ever FCS playoff appearance on Saturday against James Madison University. The winner of Saturday’s Liberty-JMU game will travel to Villanova on Dec. 6th.

Punch Shots: With NCAA in charge, football brackets are a mess
Terry Toohey points out the error of the NCAA's ways in building the FCS bracket.

After latest incident, the NCAA should suspend Jameis Winston | New York Post
Winston shoved ACC official Mike Webster out of the way twice. It wasn’t malicious; he didn’t throw the referee down. But he visibly moved him twice, because he wanted to get a hurry-up play off quickly.

UNC players trashed visiting locker room following win at Duke | CollegeFootballTalk
Not satisfied with trashing Duke’s hopes of returning to the ACC Championship Game, the Tar Heels proceeded to shred through the visitor’s locker room in celebration. The University of North Carolina and head coach Larry Fedora have apologized to Duke for the damage done to the visitor’s locker room and UNC has offered to pay for the bill for repairs.

Arbitrator to consider legal principles when deciding Ray Rice's fate
The NFL, its fans, and everyone with a stake in the saga of Ray Rice, are anxiously awaiting the decision of an arbitrator to rule on his potential reinstatement. Because the arbitrator is a former judge, the parties will likely need to address a variety of legal issues, and the final decision will likely rest on legal grounds.

It's time for the NBA to end conferences - SBNation.com
All of the good teams in the NBA, play in the Western Conference.

Tim Tebow Gives A Slice Of Cake To A Woman, Makes Her Cry Tears Of Unadulterated Joy - Digg
Today on ESPN's College Gameday Heisman Trophy winner, former NFL quarterback and now ESPN analyst Tim Tebow gave a slice of cake to an adoring fan. She unleashed cries of supreme happiness.

Krispy Kreme Challenge
Run 2.5 miles, eat a dozen donuts, then run another 2.5 miles. Why are you people still running marathons when this obesity-biathlon exists?