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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for January 12, 2015

Daily Villanova links.

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! We've got a big week ahead of us, with New Zealand junior Tai Wynyard visiting on Wednesday and Thursday for the Xavier game and reportedly ready to make a commitment shortly after (he's also visited Kentucky and will visit Texas to wrap up his American trip).

That Xavier game is pretty big in itself. The Muskies are one of the only teams in the Big East that can match Villanova for depth, but have had an up and down year so far. Oh, and don't forget about Penn on Saturday. Classic trap game.

And now, the "news."

The Big East is booming, and better than imagined |
It's a new day in the new-look Big East.

Kyle Lowry's game blossoms in Toronto | Mike Jensen
Lowry, 28, is a different man from the one you may remember from his Villanova days. He's more at ease and unafraid to explore any flaws. The Lowry from Cardinal Dougherty? Long gone. The trademark toughness remains, but his game also exudes polish and calm.

Savon Huggins transferring to Northern Iowa from Rutgers football |
Savon Huggins, a five-star recruit, said he also looked into Massachusetts, Delaware, Towson, Villanova and Temple. UMass and Temple are both FBS members. Damn!

UConn Football: Huskies Have Far To Go | Hartford Courant
The Huskies open the season Sept. 5 hosting Villanova of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as I-AA. The Wildcats are no pushover, having just finished an 11-3 season in which they made the playoffs.

The 7 things to know about the Ohio State-Oregon National Championship |
It should be a fun one, for starters.

Yes, ESPN is experimenting with in-studio announcers for college basketball games | Awful Announcing
Even the worldwide leader has a budget, apparently.