Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! I'll be fighting the elements on my flight to New York City today, but hopefully I'll still make it in time for the 7pm tip. If Mother Nature obliges, come and find me at the VAT pregame meetup at American Whiskey and I'll buy you a drink.
I won't be in the gamethread tonight, so behave yourselves!
And now, the "news."
Big Game Breakdown: Illinois vs. Villanova | ESPN
ESPN Video: Seth Greenberg goes to the game film to preview Tuesday's matchup between Illinois and Villanova.
Wildcats Climb to No. 7, Prepare to Meet Illinois | Villanova.com
Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will be on the call tomorrow. They should have gotten McDonogh and Raftery for a real reunion.
Behind Enemy Lines: Villanova | The Champaign Room
In which Chris returns the favor and answers questions about Villanova. So obviously go over to TCR and troll him.
Latest update of Joe Lunardi's Bracket Math | ESPN ($)
The famed Bracketologist currently project 7 Big East teams to go dancing.
10 takeaways from college basketball's biggest week | SBNation.com
The three best non-conference games of the season were played over the course of four days last week. Here's what we learned.
Winners and losers of the Big Ten tourney’s move to MSG
Winners include Rutgers, Jim Delany, and B1G Alumni. Losers include the coaches, the midwest, and maybe the Big East and ACC.
Butler interim coach Chris Holtmann has quickly developed trust with players | Indy Star
Alex Barlow said everything he heard about Chris Holtmann as a basketball player reminded him of himself. That's why Barlow came to rely on him so much last season, Holtmann's first as a Butler assistant and Barlow's first as a full-time starter logging major minutes.
Buffs find new fortune in Providence transfer | CU Independent
Josh Fortune promises to bring a spark to the Buffs' inconsistent perimeter shooting.
Conference Snapshot: Big East's Western Power (Men) | US Lacrosse
The Big East isn't exactly what it used to be. No, it changed when Syracuse and Notre Dame left for the ACC prior to last season. Only one team from the league, Denver, finished with an above .500 overall record in 2014, while the rest battled it out behind them and went a combined 35-56.
Chip Kelly: Criticism From Widener Football Coach Was ‘Misguided’ | CBS Philly
"We allow people to use our facility all the time. When Navy played Temple they practiced here. I know the coaches at Navy and they are great people. When West Chester was in the playoffs last year, and they had some bad weather, they came over and practiced here. St. Joe’s Prep has used our facility. A lot of people have. I know that staff." -- Not a good look for the coach at Widener.
WSU prospect Fotu Leiato II has an impressively violent highlight video - CougCenter
WSU just offered Fotu Leiato II, and he has the most impressively violent highlight reel you've seen in some time.
Four young engineers designing Phila.'s tallest building | Philly.com
They are three local guys from Villanova University and a young woman from Queens, and they will transform the Philadelphia skyscape in a remarkable way.