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The Sun's Arizin: An in-depth look at the best non-conference schedules in college basketball

Villanova upped the ante this year, and it should help them out.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! I'm off to NYC so excuse my absence until later this week. I'll be back in time for the opener, don't you worry.

Our good friend Chris Dobbertean over at Blogging the Bracket put a really nice look at the importance of non-conference scheduling and how it relates to the potential of an at-large seed to the NCAA Tournament come March. Worth a read. Certainly, one would expect that Villanova will be in very good position to grab one of those should they fail to win the Big East Tournament again this year.

And now, the "news."

2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule Rankings: Intro And Methodology | Blogging the Bracket
As we collectively await tip-off on Friday, November 13th, Dobbertean is launching Blogging the Bracket’s coverage for the 2015-16 season with an in-depth look at the schedules of the teams in the best position to earn at-large bids come March.

Ranking Every 2015-16 Big East Men's Basketball Player In Order Of Interest | Anonymous Eagle
In the order of how interested Anonymous Eagle is to see them play basketball this season.

Providence's Kris Dunn selected for preseason All-America team | AP
Seniors Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga, Georges Niang of Iowa State and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma have been selected to The Associated Press preseason All-American team as well.

Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas Fired | The Champaign Room
The University of Illinois and Chancellor Barbara Wilson fired Athletic Director Mike Thomas Monday after a tumultuous five-year tenure.

The Missouri football strike was about a lot of things, but mostly about respect |
Football players and coaches gave their support to a campus movement in favor of changing school leadership. A Columbia resident explains.

Mizzou president Tim Wolfe resigns | Rock M Nation
After a very brief meeting with the curators, the president announced his resignation.

Villanova student seeks attention for jailed uncle in Eritrea |
Vanessa Berhe, 19, is on a mission. It is personal and it is international, involving a country that most Americans know little about.