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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for March 21, 2014

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring #WINNING, the crazy first day of March Madness, and looking ahead of UConn.

Happy Friday, 'Nova Nation! Why were we panicking last night? I don't know really. We went 28-4 in the regular season, we're good in close games, and you had to know the offense was eventually going to come good while the defense was just suffocating all night.

Saturday. UConn. I'm f*cking giddy.

And now, the "news."

Villanova wants Bell to go in style -- with wins | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
The rest of them have another chance. James "Tahj" Bell doesn’t. Bell, Villanova’s only senior starter, is 0-for-the-NCAA tournament since arriving on the Main Line.

UConn Beats Hard-Nosed St. Joe's Team 89-81 In OT Thriller | The UConn Blog
Amida Brimah was the hero. No seriously. Amida Brimah.

VIDEO: Cameron Ridley beats Arizona State at the buzzer |
Texas' Cameron Ridley gave us our first buzzer beater of the tournament.

North Dakota State Upsets Oklahoma In OT Thanks To Bonkers, Tying Three | Deadspin
A night of overtimes continued as Lawrence Alexander hit a wild, off-balance three-pointer with twelve seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime against 5 seed Oklahoma and set up his North Dakota State Bison to win 80-75 after the extra period. The battle left NDSU coach Saul Phillips ready to ROCK.

Higher Education: How basketball coach Tommy Amaker has transformed Harvard |
#Longform alert, and re-presenting this after Harvard knocked off Cincinnati yesterday. After decades of irrelevance, Harvard basketball is a winning program thanks to Tommy Amaker, who is changing the school both on and off the court.

Report: Providence players linked to police sex assault case | CBSSports
Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock are implicated and being investigated. Austin has already announced a transfer to Oregon, while Bullock was suspended for the year. Keep an eye on this for next year.