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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for February 4, 2014

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring power rankings, real rankings, and Caroline Coyer's big week.

That's James Tahj Bell guy is pretty good, huh? There's no better way to start off a week than a 20+ point beatdown of a conference foe. And a new conference foe at that. Sends a message about how this is going to be going forward.

Quick programming note: National Signing Day is tomorrow. We'll have our primer out today. Football coverage in February. You're welcome.

And now, "the news."

Bell scores 27 as 'Nova throttles Xavier |
Villanova coach Jay Wright usually asks a lot from senior guard James Bell, and it's much more than the scoring and hustle he displays on the basketball court.

Xavier v. Villanova: Boxscore Breakdown | Banners On The Parkway
A loss here wouldn't cripple Xavier if they made a good showing. Instead, they started poorly and capitulated completely, and they look completely lost halfway through the conference season.

Savory Sixteen: 'Nova 8th |
That's below a 5-loss Duke team in case you were curious. "There are worse fates than quiet excellence" might be my favorite description of this team so far.

Bell fuels Villanova win over Xavier | City of Basketball Love
Tahj has now eclipsed the 900 point mark in his career (if my tally is correct he's sitting on 903). With all he's been through, I'm just so happy he's having the year he's having. He deserves it.

Villanova climbs to 6th in national rankings | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Our rankings posts are better. We have pretty tables.

Caroline Coyer Earns BIG EAST Honors | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Villanova University sophomore guard Caroline Coyer has been named the Big East Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Booyah.