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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news & links for January 14, 2015

Daily Villanova links.

Huuuuuuump Daaaaaaaay! Pardon my absence yesterday. I could blame it on a number of things but 'general stupidity' feels just about right. I'm not sure about this new 9pm tip-off trend Villanova is experiencing but I have to admit I'm not entirely opposed to it. Sure it means staying up later on a work night, but the upside is that starting the pregame beers at 7pm feels better from a self-esteem perspective than starting them at 5 while on the phone with my coworkers.

See you guys tonight in the gamethread!

And now, the "news."

Xavier-Villanova Preview | FOX Sports
Have you seen Xavier's road numbers? Downright ugly.

Returning the Payton winner, Villanova ranked 9th | The Sports Network
So, ya know, lower than they finished this season (7th). Way to go guys, way to go.

Why Are There No Good College Programs in America’s Best Basketball City? | Grantland
The country’s best basketball city is a certifiable NCAA wasteland, and it has been for a while. In the past decade and a half, the Michigan State Spartans have played in more NCAA tournament games than every single Illinois-based program combined.

2015 City Six reader rankings |
Which city team should sit at the head of the class this week? We want to know how you would rank the local men's college basketball squads. Editor's Note: Ignore Drexel, the City Six isn't a real thing.

St. John’s ‘In the Mix’ for Greek 7-Footer |
Remember Jimdribbleless favorite, Georgios Papagiannis? Apparently he may still be eligible to play in college, despite signing with Panathinaikos in Greece last year.

Sold: Allen Iverson’s former Villanova mansion |
I love that 'restaurant-quality' bar is in the house description. Did AI love to host or was he a big drinker?

This Cocky LSU Fan Is All About That Thug Life And We Need To Get Out Of Her Way | uproxx
There was a thug in the Bayou yesterday and you don't mess with a thug in Cajun Country.