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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for February 9, 2015

Daily Villanova links.

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! Pretty fun weekend, eh? My only regret is not making the trip to Philadelphia, but that was as much fun as I've had watching a game this season. Utter domination by the 'Cats, especially on the defensive end. That's the type of performance that will make us a tough out in March.

Does the team have it's swagger back? Providence on Wednesday will be tough with Ed Cooley coming back for what should be an emotional evening at The Dunk after his health scare over the weekend.

And now, the "news."

Dylan Ennis' dedication to Villanova paying off for Wildcats | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Dylan Ennis passed up a chance to play with the Jamaican National Team this summer to spend time practicing in the Davis Center with Villanova. It's paid off.

New athletics facility at Villanova |
Construction is planned to start in June if there are no delays with Radnor approval, but you have to love this line - "The university's athletic facilities are inadequate compared with other colleges and even some nearby high schools."

How CBS/Turner settled on Bill Raftery to call Final Four |
After a long career in college basketball broadcasting, Bill Raftery was finally given the assignment to call the Final Four, joining Grant Hill and Jim Nantz. Here's how CBS and Turner decided to give Raftery the nod.

Dean Smith remembered as civil rights activist, innovative coach |
Tributes to the former North Carolina coach have been pouring in since news of his passing.

NCAA's shot clock experiment could help speed up college hoops |
The NIT will have a 30-second shot clock and a wider restricted area in the lane, and these two experiments couldn't have come at a better time for college basketball.

Philly University coach Herb Magee earns 1,000th career win | AP
Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee has become the second NCAA men's basketball coach to win 1,000 games.

Neumann-Goretti's Green wants the No. 1 spot |
At least according to this article, Villanova has offered the sophomore.

ASU unveils twerking animals as free-throw distraction |