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The Sun's Arizin: JayVaughn Pinkston is still helping out Villanova Basketball

Good on ya, JVP!

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! Big weekend ahead. Home basketball games on Friday and Sunday are the sandwich buns to Saturday's do-or-die road trip to James Madison. We've been over it countless times, but I really do believe that a win (CAA title or not) will be enough to push the Wildcats in to the playoffs. Let's go boys!

By the way, Sunday's game against Akron starts a pretty good spell of OOC teams with Top 100 RPIs (at least according to the early results). So get ready for some better games, maybe.

And now, the "news."

A familiar voice pushes Villanova past Nebraska | delcotimes.com
As they tried to listen to Wright, seniors Daniel Ochefu and Ryan Arcidiacono could not help but hear the distinctive voice of former captain JayVaughn Pinkston, who was seated right behind the Villanova bench.

Darryl Reynolds toughens up Villanova's frontcourt| Philly.com
The standard cynic's thought on Villanova's hoops season - the way to write them off before the Wildcats really get started - is to suggest they'll inevitably lose the way they went down last season, getting manhandled inside.

College basketball power rankings | SI.com
The evolution of Ryan Arcidiacono as an offensive option has Villanova looking dangerous.

Butler vs. Missouri State final score: Bulldogs cruise to victory over Bears | Big East Coast Bias
The 'Dawgs trounced the Bears on Thursday afternoon in their Puerto Rico Tip-Off opener.

ETSU Up Next For Wildcats in NIT Season Tipoff Friday | Villanova.com
Villanova hosts an NIT Season Tipoff clash Friday night against East Tennessee State at the Pavilion (7 p.m./FS2 and 610 Sports Radio).

Villanova still has shot at share of CAA crown | Philly.com
While the outlook isn't as rosy as it was before the season started, Villanova coach Andy Talley is still excited about what may lie ahead for his football team.

Volleyball Closes Regular Season With Providence and St. John's at Home | Villanova.com
The Villanova volleyball team concludes the regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend against Providence on Friday at 5:00pm and against St. John's for senior night on Saturday at 7:00pm.