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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for February 26, 2015

Chris is stuck in snow, or something, so I've got Thursday's links.

Let's start with a little display of incoming freshman Donte Divincenzo's range

And now, not the news...

Ex-Penn coach Bagnoli up for challenge at underachieving Columbia
Al Bagnoli was ready to head into retirement after 23 years, but decided he wanted to get back on the field with a new challenge.

Rest Easy, Bob Knight: Kentucky Probably Won’t Finish Undefeated | FiveThirtyEight
FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's newly launched website at ESPN, uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, science, economics, lifestyle, and sports.

Villanova in mix for No. 1 NCAA tournament seed | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
They've been considered a possible No. 2 seed all along, but the Villanova Wildcats are now in the mix for a No. 1 seed in the tournament.

Like Postseason NIT, CBI to feature 30-second shot clock | CollegeBasketballTalk
The CBI becomes the second postseason event to announce that it will use a 30-second shot clock this spring.

'Nova's Talley led Columbia to Bagnoli |
Earlier this month, Columbia hired Peter Pilling as its new athletic director. One of the first things Pilling did was call Andy Talley. The new Columbia athletic director just wanted to run some names of candidates by Talley. "At the end of the conversation, Andy said, you know who may be interested in the job is Al Bagnoli," Pilling said. "I thought that was very interesting."

What's wrong with the officiating? | Banners On The Parkway
College basketball officials are doing a terrible job this year. Why is that and, more importantly, can it be fixed?

Did ESPN and Fox Discuss a Trade Involving Ian Darke and Katie Nolan? | The Big Lead
Would've been a blockbuster.

Villanova dominating the new Big East |
They had just finished introducing Darrun Hilliard and JayVaugh Pinkston on senior night at Villanova, and the noise inside the Pavilion had risen to a level that made having a casual conversation almost impossible. So Vince Nicastro ducked into a quiet alumni lounge Tuesday and attempted to account for the way the Wildcats have dominated this two-year-old iteration of the Big East.

BYU AD: School's intends to play in Power 5 conference in 'near future' | Dr. Saturday
Holmoe also said he foresees another shift in conference alignment coming, and "it’s our intention that we would be playing in what they commonly call a 'Power 5' conference sometime in the near future."