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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for November 5, 2014

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Huuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaay! What a night! Villanova basketball is back and better than ever. The rational part of me only expects to average a 15 ppg margin of victory this year after watching last night's massacre. I wouldn't be terribly surprised to see Nyack cancel Sunday's exhibition out of pure fear.

In all reality though, I was very pleased with that event. Good for Jay for orchestrating Rollie's return (as well as most of the '85 team) and for getting Fox Sports 1 to essentially air a 2-hour Villanova commercial. We like to joke about Jay Wright's press time come March Madness, but the guy clearly knows what he's doing and is building a PR machine at Villanova via the Fox relationship.

And now, the "news."

Ennis makes case for starting job in 'Nova exhibition |
Villanova coach Jay Wright was the perfect host to his former boss, Rollie Massimino, and members of the Wildcats' 1985 national championship team Tuesday night at the Pavilion until the ball went up for the opening tip against Massimino's Northwood team.

Northwood no match for ‘Nova in exhibition matchup | City of Basketball Love
If tonight’s performance was any indication, Hilliard could be poised for the best individual season of his career.

Three Observations: Villanova/Northwood | City of Basketball Love
Ochefu's in good shape, Bell won't be hard to replace and Phil Booth will be an impact player. Read more!

30 seasons after title clash, Villanova and Georgetown atop Big East |
In 1985, Villanova upset Georgetown in one of the best national championship games in college basketball history. In 2014-15, the Wildcats and Hoyas figure to be the two best teams in the Big East.

Upsetting No. 7 Villanova could make 'a great statement' for Towson football | Baltimore Sun
Yeah but not going to happen. Sorry Tigers!

Villanova staff's honesty sways recruits |
As a senior at Fleming Island High, Cameron McCurry was swayed to Villanova University during the recruiting process by one thing — honesty.

Football Radio Show Moved to Wednesday Night This Week | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
The Talking Villanova Football With Head Coach Andy Talley Radio Show will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5, this week instead of the originally scheduled date of Tuesday, November 4. The show will go from 7-8 p.m. at JD McGillicuddy's in Wayne, Pa.

Indiana is a mess, both on and off the court |
Tom Crean is under fire in Bloomington this week, but his defenders would likely be much larger in number had he taken advantage of his situation two seasons ago.

The 68 things we can’t wait to see this season | CollegeBasketballTalk
68 teams in the NCAA tournament? 68 things we want to see? Get it?

College athletes: To pay or not to pay? | Delaware Online
Former Villanova runner Vicki Huber Rudawsky weighs in as a parent and former college athlete.

Bill Raftery files 'Onions,' 'With a kiss' trademarks | ESPN
Longtime basketball announcer Bill Raftery is finally putting himself in position to capitalize on some of his famous phrases.

Why the etiquette of college basketball hiring and firing has changed
When Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith left for Tulsa in April, he told his boss, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden, that he was leaving via text message.

Bamboozled: What happens when a 'thirty-seven-fifty' bottle of wine really costs $3,750 |
This has nothing to do with Villanova... but pay attention: Joe Lentini thought he ordered a bottle of wine that cost $37.50. When the bill came, the price was $3,750. This is a cautionary tale for consumers.