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The Sun's Arizin: ESPN's Jeff Goodman has high praise for Villanova Basketball

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Hey, not everyone at ESPN hates Villanova!

Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! I mentioned it yesterday and I'll mention it again. The staff has been very hard at work planning our preseason basketball coverage. Right now, the launch date is October 19th and it will run right up to the weekend of the Pace Exhibition.

Is there anything specific that you want to see? Let us know and we'll try to make it happen.

And now, the "news."

Podcast of Basketball Love: Jeff Goodman talks Villanova, Big 5 | City of Basketball Love
ESPN's Jeff Goodman joins the CoBL guys to talk Philly hoops, and has some really good things to say about Villanova.

Villanova Returns From Bye To Host William & Mary Saturday | CBS Philly
The 2-2 Wildcats should be well rested when they welcome William and Mary to the Main Line on Saturday.

Kids Club "Cat Pack" Now Accepting Memberships for 2015-2016 Year | Villanova.com
The Villanova official kids club, the Cat Pack presented by William Henderson, is now accepting memberships for the 2015-2016 academic year! If your child is 12 years of age or younger, he/she can become a member of the Cat Pack for only $25.

Learn about Villanova's new Poetry Society | Villanova ICE Blog
Eileen Kelly has decided to take that matter into her own hands and create an environment where students can read, write and edit poetry together.

5-star recruit Mohamed Bamba and his 7'8 wingspan must be seen to be believed | SBNation.com
With impressive athleticism, a developing jump shot and historically long arms, the 6'11 junior from Harlem is turning into one of the most intriguing prospects in the country.

USA Basketball: What were the biggest storylines? | Scout
Mohammed Bamba continues to improve, and that's a scary track (for his opponents, at least).

Xavier lands 2016 forward Eddie Ekiyor | Banners On The Parkway
A former Villanova target, the Canadian big man will enroll at Xavier in December.

Eddie Ekiyor comes with some baggage | Banners On The Parkway
Xavier landed 2016 big man Eddie Ekiyor who is certainly a good basketball player, but he'll arrive on Xavier's campus with a bit of a past.