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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news & links for January 27, 2015

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Daily Villanova links.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! I don't have much to say today other than stay safe in the Northeast, and I'm heading there myself if New York ever gets it under control. I've already gone through the flight cancellation-rebooking effort 4 times in 48 hours and I'm hoping that Wednesday afternoon will be the go zone. It sounded much better than Delta's original plan of sending me on the vaunted ATL-MIA-CLT-LGA route!

And now, the "news."

One year making a big difference for Villanova | City of Basketball Love
It’s sort of funny, maybe a little weird, kind of interesting, or whatever other adjective or cliche-du-jour you feel like using, the difference a single year makes in college basketball. The emergence of Daniel Ochefu (above) has turned Villanova into a legitimate threat to make a Final Four run. Whatever that difference is, be it the graduation of players, the return of others, the maturity of some, was on full display inside Villanova’s Pavilion on Sunday.

City 6 (and more) NBA Stock Watch | City of Basketball Love
The recent success of Langston Galloway with the New York Knicks got us thinking about which current area college player could be the next one up to make an impact in the NBA. HINT: Ochefu is #1.

Better to be tested or to coast through the conference season? | ESPN
Some teams -- hello, Kentucky and Gonzaga -- will likely coast through conference play. Others -- we're looking at you, Big 12 and Big East -- will emerge having been bruised and bloodied. Which route to March is better? And which teams face which roads?

DePaul's Billy Garrett Jr. not letting sickle cell disease slow him down - Chicago Tribune
Sophomore point guard Billy Garrett Jr. is leading the resurgence of DePaul basketball, a year after a scare caused by sickle cell disease.

Coaches on the hot seat | ESPN ($)
Jeff Goodman says that both Oliver Purnell and Steve Lavin are on the hot seat, which should come as no surprise - but he says that Mark Turgeon and Tom Crean have saved their jobs (for now), and Villanova is going up against Indiana and Maryland more often for recruits, it seems.

UCF is putting a big fake beach in its football stadium | SBNation.com
What better way to celebrate the many beaches of Orlando!

Is Short Intensity Exercise Better Than Endurance Training? | Business Insider
Consider this: Distance running could actually be bad for you.