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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for December 22, 2014

Daily Villanova links.

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Happy Monday, you guys! Now that I've finally calmed down from Saturday's heart-through-your-chest win over the bad guys who wear orange, I realized how little Christmas shopping I've actually done. So I'll be spending the better part of today doing that.

One more out of conference game tomorrow, and it's a quick turnaround from Saturday (so hopefully no let down) against NJIT. Keep an eye out today for news on Darrun Hilliard and his concussion. I'm leaning towards playing it safe and holding him out as a precaution, even if he is cleared. You'd think the team could handle the Highlanders without him.

And now, the "news."

The top 25 most impressive college basketball teams | MSN
Hard to take a list seriously right now if you don't have Kentucky #1, but I will always read something that has Villanova #1.

New Year’s Resolutions: Villanova Wildcats | CollegeBasketballTalk
Villanova is off to another good start in the regular season, but heading into the New Year, the Wildcats will need to rack up the wins in postseason play.

Jim Boeheim and Jay Wright want to keep Syracuse-Villanova rivalry going | CollegeBasketballTalk
Probably too late for next season, but the schools should lock up 2016-17 ASAP.

How do you rate the acquisition of Pelicans' swingman Dante Cunningham? |
Three weeks after he was signed, it looks like Dante Cunningham is becoming a fan favorite in the Big Easy.

Markus Kennedy of SMU cleared to play | ESPN
SMU Mustangs junior forward Markus Kennedy has been academically cleared to play, the team's coaching staff announced late last week. He came off the bench in his first game vs. Michigan and registered 5 points and 3 rebounds.

Former Marquette forward Deonte Burton Commits to Iowa State | Wide Right & Natty Lite
Honestly, Iowa St. gets all the transfers. Does Fred Hoiberg even bother bringing in his own recruiting class? I need to know this.

The Al McGuire Center Game Experiement Will Not Be Repeated | Anonymous Eagle
It was a great atmosphere for a game, but for good reasons the AN guys can't see the Marquette athletic department ever doing this ever again.

Montrezl Harrell throws punch during Louisville-Western Kentucky scuffle, ejected |
No excuse for this kind of crap. The ACC has already suspended Harrell for the Cardinals' next game against Cal State-Northridge, but he'll be back in time for the big game against Kentucky.

Brad Stevens and the Celtics are in it for the long haul |
So sorry, Indiana. You won't be getting Brad Stevens.