Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! I'm sorry to have left you in the (frankly, more capable hands than mine) hands of Brian yesterday, but sometimes the stars align in New York City. It rains sideways, you luck in to good seats, and you have a personality that just can't say no. And so you leave your computer in the office to avoid a problem.
We're shifting in to football mode for the weekend, but we'll have our Temple preview out on Saturday prior to Sunday's matinee. I'll be hanging in the gamethread on Saturday, so I expect you all to be there crowded around your laptops streaming ESPN3 like me.
And now, the "news."
Observations: Dylan Ennis gives Villanova a different dimension than it had last season | CBSSports.com
Jon Rothstein says that Ennis is, "a dynamic lead guard that can manufacture a basket at the end of the shot clock."
Villanova Readies For Familiar Face In FCS Quarterfinals | CBS Philly
"I think it’s pretty much the same stuff that he’s run in the past," Talley says. "Only he’s running a little more option because he has a quarterback (Jared Johnson) that’s (close to) a 1,000-yard rusher."
Villanova goes 3-0 in New York | Philly.com
Hopefully, this quells the demons that have haunted 'Nova in MSG for years.
Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, Wisconsin are No. 1 seeds in first Bracket Watch | SI.com
Arizona, Duke, Kentucky and Wisconsin are the top seeds in the first Bracket Watch of the season. Villanova lands the #2 in Duke's Region.
Can a team succeed on offense alone? | Banners On The Parkway
Xavier is relying more on getting buckets than getting stops this year. When teams have done that in the past, how have they fared? A semi-scientific study of how well offense-dependent teams have fared in the past.
The Big 12 Conference Should Add USF And UCF Before Anyone Else | Voodoo Five
Keep dreamin' the dream, guys!
Roger Goodell put little effort into Ray Rice investigation, report reveals | SBNation.com
A report by ESPN's Outside the Lines revealed how Roger Goodell contradicted himself on key questions during Ray Rice's suspension appeal hearing.
Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana Fans Buying NJIT Gear to Mock Michigan After Upset | ZagsBlog.com
When Maranzano asked the guy why a Michigan fan wanted to buy NJIT products, the man told him he was a Michigan State supporter.
Georgetown Hoyas wear 'I Can't Breathe' shirts before game against Kansas | SBNation.com
The Hoyas apparently made the decision as a team to wear shirts to honor Eric Garner, joining a growing group of basketball players to pay tribute.
Read this and be delighted by Verne Lundquist | SBNation.com
Spencer Hall chats with 'Uncle Verne' and he opens up about his career. If you don't like Verne, I don't like you.
Hopes and Dreams in the Dean Dome | SBNation.com
UNC is one of the last major programs that still maintains a junior varsity team, giving unrecruited players the opportunity to make their basketball fantasies come true.