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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for March 19, 2014

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring Hilliard's growth, Bell's slump, and Tim Delaney blowing up.

Huuuuuuuuuuummmmmp Daaaaaaaaaaay! We have a loaded links post this morning, thanks to some help from the fellow writers here. It's the best I've felt about the content in this post in a while. I really hope you enjoy it.

I swear I don't have tears in my eyes.

And now, the "news."

Darrun Hilliard's growth paying off for Villanova | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Hilliard admits he thought about leaving after his freshmen season - not for lack of happiness with the program, but because he wasn't happy with his own performance in playing time he was never supposed to get. Great read.

Villanova's Bell unconcerned by recent slump | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Good, because we need him in the tournament. Word is he's nursing an injury. Not a good time for that to pop up after he's been healthy all year.

Bill Raftery: ‘Big East Championship Was As Enjoyable As Ever’ | CBS Sports Radio
CBS basketball analyst Bill Raftery tells The Morning Show the Big East Championship was as good as even if the conference has drastically changed.

Delaney becomes face of Pitman hoops | Courier-Post
H/T to Ed for the nice find on this profile of 2015 verbal Tim Delaney. The article talks about how Delaney has become a household name nationally, and will be competing for the USA in several upcoming international tournaments.

Ed Pinckney hits the airwaves | FoxSports 910
The former Villanova stud and National Champion joins Jody and MJ to talk about all the biggest March Madness story lines and his thoughts on who can win it all. I actually haven't gotten to listen to this yet.

Villanova learns all about its opening-round NCAA foe |
When they saw Wisconsin-Milwaukee appear in the bracket opposite Villanova for their opening game of the NCAA tournament, the Wildcats never had seen the Panthers compete and didn't know one thing about their personnel or style of play.

Villanova, St. Joe’s Students Eagerly Anticipate Possible March Madness Matchup| CBS Philly
Almost as soon as the brackets were announced Sunday night, students at St. Joe's and Villanova noticed the possibility of a "Holy War" in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

La Salle's Giannini a Villanova fan |
Explorers head coach John Giannini said he knew 'Nova would be good after his team lost to the Wildcats by 21 points. Damn straight, Doctor!