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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for December 1, 2014

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Daily Villanova links.

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! We're back to double-duty this week as Villanova plays their first true road game of the year against La Salle on Wednesday before a great Saturday in which the basketball team hosts St. Joseph's (PA) in the undercard to the football's team second round playoff matchup against Liberty.

It's weeks like these where I get to tell my fiance to leave me alone and she listens.

Oh, and then there was this. I'm pretty sure it was Saccoman manning the live account of the game. This is him playing along with the Dunkin' Donuts cup game.

And now, the "news."

Sources: Pelicans considering signing Dante Cunningham | Yahoo Sports
Dante Cunningham could be close to returning to the NBA after domestic violence charges were dropped.

Liberty will be Villanova’s second-round opponent | DelcoTimes
Villanova doesn’t have to worry about playing James Madison again. Liberty took care of that in the first round of the FCS playoffs Saturday.

Big East looking pretty deep this season | NY Daily News
Perhaps the New York papers have a vested-interest in promoting the Big East, but who cares? "By every measure the re-imagined Big East was a disappointment in its first year. Based on the early returns, it's not going to be the same story this time around."

Big East Surge in Rankings Means Likely Fox Sports 1 Surge in Ratings | Breitbart.com
The Big East was made up of the "Catholic 7" schools that broke away from football members of the conference last year and signed with the new Fox Sports 1, but struggled in its initial NCAA tournament and started this year ranked as the sixth best conference based on www.valueaddbasketball.com as reported by Breitbart. However, with every team except Marquette and DePaul undefeated entering the holiday weekend, the conference passed the Pac-12 and SEC in the rankings released below.

College Basketball’s Best Conference Is…The Big East? | WSJ
There was little hype about the Big East at the start of this college-basketball season, but now it's impossible to ignore: Its 10 teams are a combined 41-5 to start the season, the best in the nation.

Men's Lacrosse Adds Samson as Assistant Coach | Villanova.com
Head coach Michael Corrado has announced the hiring of Brian Samson to the Villanova men's lacrosse staff for the upcoming 2014-15 season. He'll serve as the defensive coordinator among other duties.

As universities break ties with Cosby, Temple does not
Several universities, most recently the University of Massachusetts Amherst, have cut ties with Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted women, but Temple isn't one of them.

Basketball Referee Collapses After Tossing Opening Tip, Carted Off | Deadspin
Something scary happened in the Vanderbilt-La Salle game. There was a lengthy delay just after the opening tip after referee Rick Crawford took an elbow to the head and immediately collapsed onto the floor.

George Mason's Jalen Jenkins hit a 75-foot game-winning buzzer beater | SBNation.com
The most amazing buzzer-beater of the young college hoops season. We're really sorry Manhattan.