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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news & links for December 12, 2014

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Daily Villanova links.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! Are you ready for some football? Quarterfinals are tomorrow at 1pm ET, and will be available to stream on ESPN3. I suggest you invest in an HDMI adapter to your TV. It works like a thing of beauty instead of being huddled over your computer or tablet.

See y'all in the gamethread.

And now, the "news."

Unbeaten Villanova staying away from the hype | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
And Wright’s not surprised his unbeaten bunch hasn’t lost focus. Maybe if his team were like other top-10 squads in today’s college game, stocked with five-star freshmen, he would be. But Villanova is different.

Big East coaches not thrilled about Big Ten coming to NYC | NY Daily News
'I just like it better when we’re the only ones here,' Villanova coach Jay Wright said Tuesday night after his seventh-ranked Wildcats defeated Illinois at the Garden in the Jimmy V Classic.

Villanova's Gulyas, New Hampshire's McNeely, a pair of Allentown Central Catholic High graduates, are hoping their football paths cross again soon | The Morning Call
Kevin Gulyas and Shane McNeely, former state championship teammates at Central Catholic High School, now share a nickname on campuses 379 miles apart but maintain the same goal: an FCS championship.

Talley welcomes back old friend/foe Keeler for quarterfinal showdown
After his Sam Houston State team beat Southeastern Louisiana in the opening round of the FCS playoffs, Bearkats head coach K.C. Keeler began receiving text and phone messages from many of his friends and family back East.

McClenton has been gamebreaker for Archbishop Wood | Bucks County Courier Times
Villanova commit Jarrett McClenton, Archbishop Wood’s phenomenal running back, and the Vikings will try to repeat as Pennsylvania Class AAA state champions and win their third state title in four years Friday night in Hershey.

University Professor as Donor: A Case Study at Villanova | Inside Philanthropy
Villanova University School of Business Professor Robert L. Nydick—along with his wife, Susan, and two sons—recently gave $2 million to Villanova as part of the school's $600 million capital campaign.

LISTEN: Big 12 is America's best league, Big East tourney teams & more | FOX Sports
FOX Sports college basketball analysts Reid Forgrave and Tarik Turner return for the second episode of their college hoops podcast to break down the season's early action.

Georgetown’s ‘Stonewalls’ unveil animated tifo (VIDEO) | CollegeBasketballTalk
Have you ever seen an animated tifo before? Or a Jayhawk Hunt?

Georgetown's live dog mascot Jack the Bulldog now knows how to skateboard | SBNation.com
SKATEBOARDING BULLDOG SKATEBOARDING BULLDOG SKATEBOARDING BULLDOG GEORGETOWN WINS EVERYTHING

Top 10 haircuts in college basketball | ESPN
Sure, there were some obvious contenders (Utah State snatched two slots) and a few sleepers (one guy's hair has a Twitter profile).

Xavier leading scorer Matt Stainbrook drives Uber in his spare time | ESPN
Matt Stainbrook wanted to find an odd job that fits his odd personality. So, in his spare time, Xavier's leading scorer is driving for Uber.

Buzziest program in college hoops waited 8 years for this | New York Post
NJIT students storm the court after their team defeated St. Francis Brooklyn 68-66 Tuesday night [because they couldn't storm the court in Ann Arbor]. The Highlanders packed fans into their 1,500-seat gym for the game.

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.

What Does A Situation Like UAB Look Like From The Inside? | PantherTalk
Georgia State football has a current staffer who has lived through a situation like UAB. We caught up with Sarah Gigantino to talk about her experience at Northeastern.

Fivethirtyeight.com Tries To Spend More Time Talking About UAB Football's Numbers - Underdog Dynasty
Someone's trying too hard to find an explanation for UAB's demise besides "the Board of Trustees."

Air Force's Calhoun rails against 'un-American' college football playoff format
Calling it un-American, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun minced no words in...