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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for December 31, 2014

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Happy New Year's Eve, 'Nova Nation! It's GAMEDAY, as YOUR Villanova Wildcats host the Butler Bulldogs at the Pavilion at 2:30pm ET. Do we think there will be a strong crowd turnout? Apparently, there are still tickets available to the game.

And please, be safe tonight. NYE is essentially amateur night in my opinion, but even I'm susceptible to overdoing it after a Wildcats win.

And now, the "news."

Big East favorite Villanova perfect entering conference play | AP
Dan Gelston profiles Villanova as they get ready to open Big East play, and says that Philadelphia should be paying more attention to the best team in town.

Predicting when (or if) the six remaining unbeaten teams will fall | Yahoo Sports
Kentucky headlines a group that also includes Duke, Virginia, Villanova and two surprise teams.

Big East Conference Preview | Banners On The Parkway
Villanova leads the way when conference play kicks off tomorrow. Xavier, Georgetown, and St. John's lurk not too far back, with other teams still in the NCAA hunt.

2014-15 Big East Women's Basketball: Where Are We Now? | Anonymous Eagle
A look at the rest of the conference to see what everyone's been up to so far this season.

Conference Catchup: Revamped Big East looks for more postseason success | CollegeBasketballTalk
The Big East has a Final Four contender and a deeper stable of teams this season.

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings | ESPN
Our college basketball experts rank the nation's 25 best teams and Villanova is in the Top 5.

Syracuse University Ordered to Turn Over 22 Bernie Fine-Related Documents | Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
The decision involved Laurie Fine's lawsuit against ESPN.

Florida State 65, Florida 63: Dammit | Alligator Army
Did you see the end of the Florida v. Florida State game? You should click and watch... Jacob Kurtz picked a hell of a time for a game-winning tip-in. And the wrong basket.

Which referees call the most fouls in college basketball? | ESPN
If you like to see quantifiable data before you make a judgement, analyzing officials is hardly your best bet. But KenPom dug into the numbers...

Confessions of a Fixer: How one former coach perpetuated a cheating scheme | SI.com
This story was produced by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the leading news source for higher education, in collaboration with SI... a fascinating, disturbing & sadly not surprising story.

Ex-Patriot Brandon Spikes makes good on fan bet | Boston Herald
In case you missed it, Spikes tweeted last March that Villanova would "trash" UConn during the NCAA March Madness matchups. Matt, who happened to be cruising Twitter when the linebacker’s boast popped up, quickly took him up on the bet, saying, "I bet you tickets to the Bills/Patriots game in NE that UConn wins by at least 7." And it was game on.

U.S. Soccer confirms Gedion Zelalem is an American citizen, will play for USMNT | Stars and Stripes FC
US SOCCER NEWS: Citizenship in hand, the 17-year old Arsenal prospect is ready to suit up for the USA.

Early Happy New Year's. Be safe tonight...

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New Year's Eve Day Big East Schedule

Matchup Location TV Time
St. John's @ Seton Hall Newark, N.J. FOX Sports 1 12:00 PM ET
Butler @ Villanova Villanova, Pa. FOX Sports 1 2:30 PM ET
Marquette @ DePaul Chicago, Ill. FOX Sports 1 5:00 PM ET
Creighton @ Providence Providence, R.I. FOX Sports 1 7:30 PM ET
Georgetown @ Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio FOX Sports 1 10:00 PM ET