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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for January 5, 2014

Daily Villanova links.

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! I know you all have discussed this until your heads hurt in the recap thread, but I'm here to tell you not to panic about one loss on the road in a wild environment. Prepare to have your mind blown, but Villanova was always going to lose this year. And believe it or not, they will probably lose again (maybe even in January!).

Seton Hall is a good team. They played an amazing game, aided by the fact that Villanova couldn't hit a free throw all game. A lot went right for The Hall, and a lot went wrong for Villanova. It happens. Better to have a game like that now and learn from it than have it happen in March.

Plus, it's a quick turnaround to St. John's - eyes forward.

And now, the "news."

Villanova, St John's leading new-look Big East to resemble the original |
The new-look Big East is without eight of the 15 teams that began the 2012-13 campaign.

Americans win international gold, dominate NBA — but Kobe Bryant can fix all that | Sporting News
“AAU basketball. Horrible, terrible AAU basketball,” Bryant said. “It’s stupid. It doesn’t teach our kids how to play the game at all, so you wind up having players that are big and they bring it up and they do all this fancy crap and they don’t know how to post. They don’t know the fundamentals of the game. It’s stupid.”

After 4 seasons of bad luck, Kevin Willard finally has a contender at Seton Hall |
No major conference coach has dealt with more adversity in recent years than Kevin Willard, but after Saturdays win over Villanova, it looks like his perseverance is finally starting to pay off.

Virginia and Miami played the wildest college basketball game of Saturday |
And that's saying something, because there were 118 of them.

Jerian Grant flies like a superhero for huge dunk against Georgia Tech |
Dunk of the year?

Injured St. Bonaventure coach in scooter topples on postgame handshakes |
Don't worry -- everybody seems to be okay. But I'm not sure if it's OK to laugh...

Watch ESPN's powerful tribute to Stuart Scott |
A loving memorial to a sports icon.

Rich Eisen says tearful goodbye to Stuart Scott on NFL Network |
"I love you Stuart. Wherever you are, godspeed."