Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! And a specical congratulations to Jalen Brunson who became the latest Wildcat to earn McDonald's All-American honors. That is an automatic DVR item now, and he's got plenty of talent to work with on the roster. My guess is that he'll be looking pretty damn good in that game.
And now, the "news."
Bring Big 5 games back to the Palestra | City of Basketball Love
While I'm not a fan of the Big 5, if we're going to honor tradition, let's freaking honor tradition.
Bracketology: It's a late January mess | SBNation.com
While the top teams in the country are solidifying their places, there are still plenty of bids at stake for teams appearing in and absent from Chris Dobbertean's latest bracket projection.
3 things we learned from the Irish's season-defining win | SBNation.com
Notre Dame defended its home court to beat Duke with a huge run in the second half, but you can bet that this will only fuel the ACC-love.
Why RPI doesn't (and shouldn't) matter | SBNation.com
Yes, Kansas is No. 1 in RPI, and might stay there. But no, that shouldn't matter to Kentucky fans -- or anyone.
Shifting leagues play havoc with rivalries | Philly.com
"Expect another home-and-home to be signed with Syracuse [for Villanova], but probably not starting next season. After that, scheduling flexibility becomes the operative phrase - for instance, when talking about trying to work Notre Dame back in. (Can't see Pittsburgh or Louisville ending up back on Villanova's schedule on any semi-regular basis.)"
Pace clears football coach of abuse charges and of making a false academic promise to recruits | lohud.com
Quarrie and Reeder, who attended Pace on athletic scholarships with a year of eligibility remaining after playing for and graduating from Villanova, allege that Rondeau often launched into personal verbal attacks against players and had pushed a crutch against a player's throat while screaming at him, nearly hit an injured player when throwing the crutch across a locker room, and also threw other items. They also allege that Rondeau and an academic advisor falsely promised them they could obtain business minors at Pace — their motivation, they said, for attending the university.