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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for January 8, 2015

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Daily Villanova links.

Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! In non-basketball news (humor me),Villanova got a nice running back to commit last night, giving them 11 commitments in the 2015 class. They lose a lot in the backfield, but dear lord are they bringing in talent at an alarming rate at the position.

And now, the "news."

Arcidiacono makes Villanova's offense go | Philly.com
The people whose sole focus has been on Ryan Arcidiacono's shooting this season are missing much of what makes the junior guard so valuable to Villanova.

Titus’s Top 12 NCAA Power Rankings: Damn, That Gonzaga Bench Is Deep! | Grantland
I wish this were more complicated so I could look smart by explaining it, but the biggest difference between Villanova’s loss at Seton Hall and its win at St. John’s was hitting open shots. It’s that simple. Seton Hall is pretty good and plays decent defense, so the Pirates deserve credit for the win. But if Villanova had made open shots at its normal rate against Seton Hall, it probably would have won easily. By the end of that game, I couldn’t shake the thought that the Wildcats had blown a lot of opportunities for easy points, so I decided to rewatch the entire game and count how many open shots Villanova missed. Ten minutes into the game, I lost count.

St. John's exposed in loss to Villanova | ESPN New York
Nothing has changed. That is the prevailing feeling I am left with following St. John's loss to Villanova.

Philly fans: Have fun, get obsessed with Temple & Villanova | Bucks County Courier Times
Why are Philadelphia area sports fans not obsessed with Villanova and Temple basketball?

You’ll Soon Be Able to Stream ESPN Online for $20 Per Month | TIME
Dish Network will offer ESPN streaming online as part of a $20 monthly package. Get FS1 on the service and many of us can live without Cable TV...

NCAA basketball referee Karl Hess got into it with a fan at the Wake Forest-Louisville game | The Washington Post
“When I’m older, I want to sit in your seat & watch your Egyptian [rear end] ref a game,” Mit Shah said Hess told him. Hess has worked six Final Fours and has escaped scrutiny from a few in-game incidents over the years.

Watch a Turkish basketball player clothesline a fan | SBNation.com
Knocked out cold.

Watch a high school dunk that is literally unbelievable | SBNation.com
He just keeps going up! #Seattle

2015 is getting an extra second and that's a bit of a problem for the internet | The Verge
IN NON-VILLANOVA, NON-SPORTING NEWS THAT YOU HEAR ON VU Hoops FIRST: On June 30th at precisely 23:59:59, the world’s atomic clocks will pause for a single second. Or, to be more precise, they’ll change to the uncharted time of 23:59:60 — before ticking over to the...