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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for January 7, 2014

Daily Villanova links.

Huuuuuuuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaaaaaaay! What a win. That was the type of basketball  we need to be playing. And now, a nice (easy) game against DePaul on the weekend. Enjoy it, 'Nova Nation, you deserve it.

(I'll still be sweating out Saturday's game.)

And now, the "news."

Projecting the Big East standings | E$PN (Subscription)
The Big East made a strong statement during nonconference play, but the good vibes can't continue for every team in the league. Jeff Goodman takes a look at how the Big East should look when the regular season reaches its conclusion.

Dante Cunningham providing hustle, defense, timely scoring off bench for New Orleans | New Orleans Pelicans
"Hitting the floor, it’s something that’s not too common in the NBA, but when you do it, it does make a stand and a good staple on the game," Cunningham later described of his all-out hustle.

Raptors coach will 'physically fight' coaches if Kyle Lowry isn't an All-Star |
Don't let this happen, please.

No. 1 Kentucky survives OT scare vs. Ole Miss |
The Wildcats stayed undefeated, but it wasn't easy.

Arizona forward will transfer | CollegeBasketballTalk
Arizona is losing a highly-touted freshman to transfer. Don't get too excited Villanova fans...

ESPN Explains 'College GameDay' Snub Of Louisville-Duke | Card Chronicle
The first 2014-15 installment of ESPN's "College GameDay" will be taking place on Jan. 17 at Hilton Coliseum in preparation for Iowa State's home game against Kansas. Louisville fans aren't happy because they'll be hosting Duke that day.

The NCAA will pay travel expenses for families of players in the Final Four | Banners On The Parkway
e NCAA has announced a pilot program that will pay for players' families to travel to the Final Four. By the end of this post, I hope to have convinced you that this is stupid.

City of Oregon, Ohio, temporarily changes name to 'Oregon, Ohio Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters' - ESPN
The city of Oregon, Ohio, has a new temporary name, making it clear where its allegiance lies heading into the biggest college football game of the season.

Chris Christie "Personally Pushed" for Jerry Jones to Receive Government Contract | The Big Lead
This could be a huge story.

Here is what Tom Crean looks like, according to Twitter | The Crimson Quarry
Twitter timelines weren't working on Monday night, but no good journalist would let that silence the opinion of the fan.