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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for March 3, 2014

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring Bell's leadership, Hart's minutes, and the Olympic sport weekend roundup.

Happy Monday everyone! Yesterday was fun watching the team set the all-time regular season record with their 26th win with two more games to play while Darrun Hilliard established a new career high with 26 points. It will be interesting to watch Xavier vs. Seton Hall tonight - will the Muskies overlook the New Jersey outfit in anticipation of Thursday?

One thing is for sure - Ryan Saccoman (wherever he is on spring break) will be rooting hard for the Bucco's.

And now, "the news."

Bell has grown into the leader for Villanova |
When he entered Montverde Academy, a basketball power near his home in Orlando, James Bell could already dunk. He exhibited athleticism that might have led him to the NBA after an abbreviated college career, like his former AAU teammate Austin Rivers.

How Josh Hart earns minutes for No. 8 Villanova | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
There was a point with 5½ minutes left in the first half of Villanova’s win over Butler the other day where Wildcats guard Ryan Arcidiacono missed a jumper, and the rebound appeared to be heading directly toward a couple Butler guys who had boxed out in the paint. Out of nowhere, he came flying in.

Baseball: Pitching Solid But Wildcats Edged by Nebraska-Omaha, 2-1, in Snowbird Baseball Classic | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
In its first of five games in the Sunshine State over the next week Villanova (2-5) came up one run short in a tight pitchers' duel against Nebraska-Omaha (2-4) at North Charlotte Regional Park on Friday afternoon. Two runs crossed the plate for the Mavericks in the top of the second inning and they stood up for a 2-1 victory.

Softball: Walk Off Wildcats | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Knotted at zero in the bottom of the seventh inning, Aleshia Ayers came up to the plate with two outs and a runner on second and delivered a game winning single to push the Villanova softball team over Toledo 1-0 in its second walk off victory of the season.

Softball: Strong Showing by Sitzman Drives Villanova to 2-1 Win | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Behind a strong pitching effort from senior Kaity Sitzman, the Villanova softball team earns their second one run victory of the day as the Wildcats knockoff Western Michigan 2-1 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

Women's Lax: Wildcats Beat Bucknell, 10-4 | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Led by sophomore attack Meghan Breen's hat trick, the Villanova women's lacrosse team (2-1) defeated Bucknell (0-4), 10-4, Saturday afternoon.