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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for November 26, 2014

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Daily Villanova links.

Huuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaaaay! Apologies for the lateness of today's post. Apparently wifi doesn't work when you have "15+ devices connected to it" as my dad put it last night. Who knew?

How about that game? Just insane, still.

Programming note: We'll be taking Thanksgiving Day off here at the Arizin post. Be safe with the storm heading up the east coast, and enjoy stuffing your face with food! See you on Friday.

And now, the "news."

Villanova's escape tops packed Tuesday | ESPN
Villanova escapes against Michigan in intense November game.

College Hoops: Pinkston rises up to give Villanova Legends Classic title over Michigan
JayVaughn Pinkston had the go-ahead basket and game-saving block in the final minute to lift No. 12 Villanova over No. 19 Michigan 60-55 in the Legends Classic championship game Tuesday night.

John Beilein blasts ESPN for late tip-off time following loss to Villanova | MLive.com
"Was anyone else bothered with us moving back (the tip-off) 10 minutes to accommodate ESPN?" Beilein said. "I mean, I love ESPN, guys, I love it, but when they told me that the game was being moved back 15 minutes -- something is wrong. We have a whole bunch of guys with 8 and 9 o'clock classes tomorrow morning and we move that game to 10:15 so that a football game could be finished."

4-point play: Instant analysis of Villanova-Michigan | USA Today
Time to reacquaint yourself with another Ennis. Last year, we talked about Tyler Ennis, Syracuse's spectacular freshman point guard -- whom Jim Boeheim still pines after. Now, let's focus on big brother, Dylan, at Villanova.

Villanova's escape tops packed Tuesday | ESPN
It wasn't the prettiest game of the day. It wasn't the most fluid, the cleanest, or most mistake-free. But Villanova 60, Michigan 55 was easily the best, and certainly the most intense, college basketball contest of Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 -- and if you missed even one moment of the action Tuesday, rest assured that was no small feat.

Basketball Power Rankings | ESPN
The Top-10 Wildcats were convincing against VCU, destroying the Rams in the second half to grab a big 77-53 win at the Barclays Center.

Balanced Villanova Casts Aside Some Lingering Doubts - NYTimes.com
Villanova, the Big East’s only ranked team entering this season, has little star power but plenty of balance.

Groundswell of Support Sends Gonzaga Accounting Team to PWC National Finals
A team of four Gonzaga University accounting students is thanking Zag Nation this Thanksgiving. An eleventh-hour burst of support from Gonzaga and its friends last week has powered the team to the finals of the prestigious PricewaterhouseCoopers National Accounting Case Competition in New York City in January, surpassing teams from the University of Texas, University of Connecticut, the University of Arizona and Villanova University to advance. . . I'm not sure what social media has to do with accounting, but sure, PWC.

Michigan grows up the hard way in loss to Villanova | MLive.com
Playing two games in two nights in Brooklyn, one win over Oregon and one loss to Villanova showed both how good the Wolverines can be and how far they are from getting there.

Hildebrandt ready to step up for New Hope-Solebury | The Intelligencer
Potential Wildcat alert: "My dad went to grad school in Villanova so I’d really like to go there and I’d love to play a sport," he said. "I’d love that sport to be football but I need to get some size on me so probably baseball is a better fit."

Pace University football coach Andy Rondeau accused of verbal, physical abuse by ex-players from N.J. | NJ.com
More coverage of Villanova football alums, Corey Reeder and Ransford Quarrie, who alleged that the head coach at Pace University was physically and verbally abusive to players.

Rick Pitino Tried His Best Not To Embarrass Savannah State
"I tried everything," Pitino said of attempting to avoid running up the score in Louisville's 87-26 win over Savannah State. "We played four white guys and an Egyptian."

Villanova’s win is evidence of why VCU may have peaked as a basketball program | CollegeBasketballTalk
"They have sound ball-handlers and they pass the ball well," Smart said of Villanova. "They don’t make unforced turnovers. We were not ourselves in terms of pressuring the ball, closing down traps, getting our hands on the basketball, flying around the way we need to fly around."