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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for December 30, 2014

Daily Villanova links.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! One more long day until tomorrow's matinee tip between Villanova and Butler, for which I will be in the great state of Florida for. I will be once again trying to reunite with NovaRaptor for the game, but he is using lame excuses like 'work' and 'family' as reasons for not attending. Publicly pressure him in the comments, he's fine with it.

Also, a quick check-in on top priority Rawle Alkins.

Yes, Villanova could use that.

And now, the "news."

Big East Q&A Preview: Villanova Wildcats |
Brian got involved with some Indiana people but we hear that avoided developing a mayonnaise addiction so there's that.

Titus’s Top 12 NCAA Power Rankings: Bow to Kentucky | Grantland
Nova in Top 5...

Jalen Brunson wins MVP at Proviso West Holiday Tournament |
27 points will do that for you.

East MVP of the First Trimester - Marc Stein Blog | ESPN
That'd be YA BOY, Kyle Lowry!

Big East Big Five: Week 8 | Anonymous Eagle
It's time for the start of conference play! That means a slight adjustment to the format here, but it'll all make sense.

Kittles making a name for himself |
Acosta Kittles is a junior in high school and the nephew of Kerry Kittles. His uncle has had a big influence on his basketball career, so might Villanova get involved in the future for the 6'4" guard?

Michigan newspaper puts wrong Harbaugh on front page |

Colleges Often Entice Top Prospects by Recruiting Their Mentors, Too |
Despite raising some eyebrows, N.C.A.A. rules allow basketball coaches to hire a recruit’s relative or former coach, which can help lock up a player’s services.

A scandal's long shadow | covers the lasting effects of Jerry Sandusky's scandal and the end of the Paterno years at Penn State. "Three years ago, you fired an employee of 61 years of service for a failure of leadership," she said of coach Joe Paterno. "I suggest that most of you should have been fired long ago."