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The Sun's Arizin: Believe in Villanova Basketball's defense this season

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That appears to be the strength of this team, so let's focus on that.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! You may have noticed Greg Habeeb writing here a bit - he's giving us small folk the time of day while he interns with SI this semester. Check out his piece below on why you should be focusing more on Villanova's elite defense rather than their struggles shooting the ball thus far.

Be a glass-half-full kind of fan, ya know?

And now, the "news."

Why Villanova’s three-point shooting struggles aren't that important | SI.com
Our own Greg Habeeb writes why Villanova's defense—not its three-point shooting—is the key to its national-title dream this season.

Meet Darrun Hilliard | SLAM
Get to know the rookie who turns heads in Detroit.

A long way to go before Villanova hoops is judged | Philly.com
Right or otherwise, Villanova's December won't be defined by beating La Salle by 29 points Sunday at the Pavilion, one of three Big 5 matchups for the Wildcats in the month.

2017 center Mohamed Bamba wants No. 1 spot | Scout
This time last year Mohamed Bamba was unknown to recruitniks and college coaches. Now he's positioning himself to make a run at the No. 1 spot in the 2017 rankings.

Top schools watch Trevon Duval, D.J. Harvey in D.C. | ESPN ($)
Top recruits Trevon Duval, Billy Preston and D.J. Harvey were in the DC area for the National High School Hoops Festival.

2016 Nike Hoop Summit USA Basketball Roster Breakdown | DraftExpress
USA went with a ton of size with players like Edrice Adebayo, Jarett Allen, Marques Bolden and Jonathan Isaac - Omari Spellman didn't make the cut.

Sentenced: Montclair Man who killed Villanova students gets 50 years | Patch
"Brian Schiavetti made a mistake coming to Montclair to buy drugs, but he shouldn't have had to pay with his life," prosecutors said.

A College Basketball Player Who Is Also a Law School Student | The New York Times
Braeden Anderson was forced by a serious injury to give up his dream of an N.B.A. career, but at Seton Hall he now has a new plan.