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An ugly night at Pearl Harbor might end up being a good thing

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! Not the best of nights on a national stage (I'll post my thoughts later on), but I think the reaction here and across the media has been pretty steady. It's just one game, and like a lot have said around here, it's better to have it happen now and learn from it rather than have it happen in March.

(It's also worth noting that not shooting well doesn't work in December, so thankfully we can put that theory to rest that it's only a March problem).

Apologies for the heavy dose of re-living last night, but I think it's worth another read. My opinion has changed slightly after reading a lot of other opinions.

And now, the "news."

Quick Report: Oklahoma 78, Villanova 55 | City of Basketball Love
In their first loss of the season, the ninth-ranked Villanova Wildcats (7-1) struggled to shoot the ball against their first ranked opponent, the no. 7 Oklahoma Sooners (6-0), falling by a final score of 78-55 in a game celebrating the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Three observations: Oklahoma Sooners 78, Villanova Wildcats 55 | ESPN
Three observations from No. 7 Oklahoma's 78-55 whipping of No. 9 Villanova in a game that showed that the Sooners are a legitimate contender.

Villanova falls to No. 7 Oklahoma in Hawaii | Philly.com
Despite sweltering conditions inside of Pearl Harbor's Bloch Arena, Villanova had trouble heating up in its visit to Hawaii.

No. 9 Villanova crushed by No. 7 Oklahoma for 1st loss of season | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
No. 9 Villanova couldn't keep pace with No. 7 Oklahoma during the second half of a 78-55 loss in Pearl Harbor for their first defeat of the season.

Villanova's over-reliance on threes proves fatal against Oklahoma | The Dagger - Yahoo Sports
Continuing an alarming season-long trend, the Wildcats shot 4 of 32 from behind the arc in a 78-55 loss.

Patrick Tiernan Named Villanova Student-Athlete of the Month for November | Villanova.com
Junior cross country runner Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) has been named the Office of Academic Support Student-Athlete of the Month for November as a result of his accomplishments both in athletic competition and academically. Tiernan previously received the same honor last year during the cross country season.

Former Butler center Andrew Smith gets devastating cancer news | NCAA Basketball | Sporting News
A week after Andrew Smith returned home from the hospital following a bone marrow transplant, his wife posted heartbreaking news about the former Butler center's cancer diagnosis.

At least eight Boston College Eagles players may have food poisoning | ESPN
At least eight (EIGHT!) Boston College players might have food poisoning after eating at a local Chipotle. Monday's practice was canceled, and Wednesday's game at Providence is in doubt.

Will Monmouth bench mob force rule change? NCAA says no | app.com
After a Jay Bilas tweet about the Monmouth bench mob started a mini-firestorm, the NCAA chimed in to calm things down