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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for January 3, 2015

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Rysheed Jordan taking a leave of absence from Red Storm | Rumble in the Garden
The chant came after Oregon's win over Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

Oregon coach says school will discipline players for 'no means no' chant -
The chant came after Oregon's win over Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

Conference play will bring clarity | ESPN
With the non-conference season behind us, we still don't know a lot. The conference season will tell us more. Before Wednesday, Villanova's trip to Newark, New Jersey, already had the makings of a sneakily tough Big East test.

Chris Holtmann Named Men’s Basketball Coach At Butler | Butler
Butler University Athletics removed the "interim" tag from Chris Holtmann''s title.

Wooden Watch: Kaminsky back at No. 1 | ESPN
Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky put together impressive performances in wins over Buffalo and Penn State, vaulting him back to No. 1 in Wooden Watch.

Mali’s Favorite Son… Cheick Diallo! | The Hoops Column
"He gets a double/double every night and 3 or 4 blocks to go along with it. His motor never shuts off!" Cheick has taken a number of official visits this past year and will most likely make his college choice next spring.

NCAA contenders includes the 'little guys' - Washington Times
Don’t be surprised, however, if it’s Villanova’s version of the Wildcats - along with other familiar names such as Gonzaga, Wichita State and St. John’s - who are still playing when the Final Four arrives in Indianapolis in April.

Previewing Villanova: Seton Hall trying to build on St. John's win - South Orange Juice
"Our team is just focusing on us, and where we're going and how we get better. If we get ranked, great. If we don't, we have to continue to work hard and get better," said Willard when asked about national attention. "We never really worry about what other people are getting or receiving. Our motto is kind of if we work hard and do what we're supposed to do, then our accolades will come."

Why Seton Hall won't open upper deck for No. 6 Villanova | Asbury Park Press
Despite the advance sellout, the Pirates are trying to enhance their home-court advantage, but won't open up the upper level.

Wildcats face first true road test for wins record | City of Basketball Love
To achieve its best start in program history, the Villanova men’s basketball team has to do something it hasn’t yet done this year. Win a true road game.

Villanova-Bound Jalen Brunson Looks Like Nation's Top HS Floor General at Proviso Holiday Tourney!
Villanova-bound point guard Jalen Brunson led his undefeated Stevenson High School team (#1 in Illinois) to its second consecutive Proviso West Holiday tournament title. 6’2 lefty Brunson also captured his second consecutive Tournament MVP award after scoring 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the semis and 27 points, six assists and three steals in the title game before a packed house of 2,400 near Chicago.

Will the Big East Have Six NCAA Teams? A Mid-Season Review | Rush The Court
With the arrival of conference play comes a critical juncture for teams looking to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Those that have overperformed against their preseason expectations — teams like St. John’s and Seton Hall — will seek to establish an early footprint in the increasingly competitive Big East, whereas the likes of Marquette, Xavier and Creighton look to re-emerge after a handful of non-conference woes.

Mick Cronin to miss rest of UC's season with vascular condition |
Cincinnati's Mick Cronin will not coach the Bearcats the rest of the season while dealing with what the school described Friday morning as a "non-life threatening vascular condition known as arterial dissection."

The Internet had too much fun with Oregon blowing out Florida State |
Memes! Jokes! Fun!

Still perfect, Wildcats are all business | Inquirer
Too many long and winding miles stand between New Year's Eve and the road to the Final Four in Indianapolis, so Villanova had to be satisfied with taking on a gritty and prestigious program from Indianapolis in its Big East opener Wednesday afternoon at the Pavilion.

College football isn't cheap, but it can buy credibility |
ODU spends just about a million dollars more than Villanova annually on it's football budget, and will be close to breaking even next season in Conference USA, according to this report. "[I]n spite of what happened at UAB, the stampede has been colleges rushing to add football in recent years, not to end the sport."

Wrestler Mark Schultz Hates the ‘Sickening and Insulting Lies’ of ‘Foxcatcher’ | The Daily Beast
The man played by Channing Tatum in ‘Foxcatcher’ really isn’t happy about how he’s portrayed in the film. "I didn't move to Pennsylvania to wrestle for Foxcatcher. I took an assistant coaching job at Villanova."

Lady Wildcats upset #24 DePaul in overtime |