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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for March 17, 2014

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring exceeding expectations, defense carrying the team, and reliving the glory days.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you guys and gals didn't overdo it on the weekend because today is the true day to celebrate. Don't even both going to work. I don't know how you could focus anyways knowing that we're taking on UW-Milwaukee (7-9 in the Horizon League, by the way) this Thursday.

And then we get a date with UCan't or St. Joseph's (PA)? Life could not be any better right now. Speaking of our neighbors...

Rob Dauster, the anti-Matt Norlander.

And now, the "news."

Can Villanova match, or exceed, previous highs under Jay Wright? |
Once he completed his media obligations after Villanova's loss to Florida in the finals of the 2006 NCAA Minneapolis regional, Jay Wright entered the locker room at the Metrodome and swelled with pride at seeing how much his players had given in defeat.

Villanova's suffocating defense could take them to the Final 4 | ESPN ($)
The Wildcats are 1-3 in their last three trips to the tourney, but are poised to put that record in the rear view.

Villanova hoops legend Ed Pinckney recalls Big East's glory days | NY Daily News
On paper, the game was supposed to be a mismatch: Practically everybody who participated in an NCAA Tournament pool in 1985 expected mighty Georgetown, led by coach John Thompson and future Knicks star Patrick Ewing, to crush Villanova en route to its second consecutive college basketball national championship.

Contrary to what critics say, Big East is still alive and swishing | NY Daily News
There is still work to be done. Fox has to do a better job of portioning out the games well enough to sustain the appetite for the Big East. New commissioner Val Ackerman has to be a more vocal voice and advocate for the league on the men’s side. And the schools need to use the same strategy their coaches have used to beat teams from other major conferences so the Big East can focus on being the best league it can be following the advice of that old Erasmus grad Al Davis, who uttered the famous words, "Just win, baby."

Inside the Villanova Wildcat Suit | Philadelphia Magazine
Philly Mag talks to Ted Zeta, the captain of the mascot team at Villanova about his experience.

Matt Szczur sent to Triple-A Iowa |
Keep grinding Matt - you'll get there!

Lipari Wins National Championship in Mile | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
With less than 50 meters to go before the finish line senior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) went for it all in the national championship race in the Mile and won her first career individual national title. What a baller.