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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Basketball Hoops Mania is tonight!

Finally, it's here!

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! Hoops Mania is finally here! The Wildcats are expecting to host one of the biggest recruiting weekends in the country today. It's not quite Kentucky-esque but it's damn good. Five 5-star players will be in the building, and several other Top 100 prospects. As far as wishlists go, there aren't a lot of prospects missing from Villanova's point of view.

Enjoy tonight! We're just a over a couple weeks away from live game action!

And now, the "news."

Hoops Mania 2015 Set for Friday Night |
The annual Nova Nation on-campus kickoff to a new basketball season arrives on Friday at 6:15 p.m. when Hoops Mania 2015 begins at the Pavilion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Duke's Grayson Allen leads top projected breakout scorers this year |
Phil Booth makes the list too!

Preview: Villanova at Towson |
Facts and figures about the Wildcats' game Saturday.

Villanova expects a heavy does of Towson's Darius Victor on Saturday |
Villanova has faced some tough running attacks this season, with varying degrees of success. The Wildcats limited Fordham's dynamic Chase Edmunds to 74 yards on 16 carries in a 14-7 victory in the Bronx. They hemorrhaged 205 yards on the ground to Delaware's multi-back attack but held on to win, 28-21; and they had no answer for William and Mary's Kendell Anderson, the Colonial Athletic Association's rushing leader, who gained 149 of the Tribe's 199 yards in a 38-16 rout of 'Nova.

Villanova Heads Down To Towson Saturday Night | CBS Philly
Villanova is 2-1 in the CAA, Towson is 1-2. Both teams are 3-3 overall.

Wildcats Travel to Towson For Saturday Night Contest |
Having already won two of its first three road games this season, No. 23 Villanova (3-3, 2-1 CAA Football) will look to continue its success away from home when it visits Towson (3-3, 1-2 CAA Football) for a 7 p.m. kickoff this Saturday evening. The game is being televised by the American Sports Network and will air live in the Philadelphia area on the Comcast Network. Radio coverage of the game can also be heard on 610 SPORTS (WTEL-AM), online at with a Nova-Nation All-Access subscription, or via the TuneIn app.

Best of the visits: Five-star big men hit the road | ESPN ($)
Villanova, North Carolina Kansas and Oklahoma will have five-star big men on campus this weekend.

Temple's goal: 35,000-seat, $100 million stadium
Temple's goal to build a football stadium on campus has received "some seven-figure commitments" for funding, the chairman of the university's board of trustees said Thursday.

AmeriLeague founder tells operations manager his persona fake | Outside the Lines
The founder of the fledgling pro basketball league AmeriLeague -- identified publicly for months as "Cerruti Brown" -- told the league's operations manager that the persona is fictitious.

Encourage young athletes to play a variety of sports |
Alec Asher made his debut at the end of August for the Philadelphia Phillies, marking a long journey back for a pitcher who had Tommy John surgery at age 14. That's right, age 14.

I have no idea what Peyton Siva’s dad just said, but I think he wants sex | Kentucky Sports Radio
Peyton Siva Sr. wrote a Facebook status that I've tried to read several times now. All I really take away from it is he wants sex.