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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for February 3, 2015

`Daily Villanova links.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! Today begins our official (day before) National Signing Day coverage. We'll have a primer out by the time you are in the office (unless you guys are sick like me and in the office before 7am). The 'Cats look to be bringing in a pretty nice class coming off a good playoff run, so there should be a big talent influx next season.

And now, the "news."

Once again, Villanova a leading force in Big East
Just like last season, the Wildcats enter February in first place in the conference. If the Wildcats are still in first place in 2 weeks, it is going to be very hard to catch them. Their toughest stretch of the season is upon them. They will be heavily favored to beat Marquette on Wednesday, but then it is Georgetown at home Saturday before games at Providence and Butler next week.

Big 5 unveils stellar 2015 Hall of Fame class |
The Big 5 announces a stellar 2015 Hall of Fame class. Stan Hochman, Ugonna Onyekwe, Bill Raftery and Pepe Sanchez.

Five NCAA Tournament game finishes more exciting than Super Bowl 49 | Sporting News

'Nova's Rob Denault Wins Loaded PSU mile | Flotrack
A nice video interview with the men's track star about his breakout victory from the weekend.

Men's Indoor Track up to 13th nationally | U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
Coming off an impressive meet at Penn State, the 'Cats are up one spot in this week's national rankings.

Pitino likes "Big East Southern style" | The Herald-Sun
"The coaching is awesome, because they all prepare like it's an NCAA game," Pitino said. "So I'm really impressed with the conference, like I was the Big East. I miss the Big East terribly. But I got the Big East Southern style."

Eric Devendorf Returns to SU to Get His Degree | Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
I thought there might be half a chance he wouldn't be allowed back on campus. Silly me.

Temple student wins $10K on nothing-but-net halfcourt shot | Sporting News
The most popular student on Temple University's Philadelphia campus right now is a guy named Dan. Just Dan. No last name.

Johnny Manziel enters treatment facility, per report |
The former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback entered treatment last Wednesday, according to his publicist.

Division II game delivers wildest finish of the weekend | Yahoo Sports
Drury University and Quincy University both sank go-ahead desperation threes in the final two seconds. But let's talk about the lack of contrasting colors in the two teams' uniforms.