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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for March 10, 2015

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Daily Villanova links.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! I'm off to New York City so I'll be around sparingly until Friday. I encourage you to listen to the Rece Davis podcast below - high praise from both Rece and Bilas, who almost get to the point of admitting that Villanova would be considered a title threat if they were on ESPN. And they call Chef a legit big guy! I think we can put the ESPN complaining on hold for a day.

Look for a New York City travel guide later today too - if you're heading to Manhattan I encourage you to read it. You'll get a dark look in to Brian and I's favorite places in New York City. We're not responsible if it goes poorly for you, because that hit list went poorly for me plenty of times.

And now, the "news."

Villanova Stands Tall as Class of the Big East in Tournament | ABC News
Under coach Jay Wright, the Wildcats have become the flagship program in the Big East, especially over 18 rugged games.

Villanova finishes regular season strong |
The Wildcats, who rallied to beat St. John’s, are focusing on Thursday’s quarterfinal in Big East Tournament.

Jay Wright joins Championship Drive with Rece Davis | ESPN
Jay Wright, Jay Bilas and Dana O'Neil join Rece Davis to discuss Villanova, Boeheim and the Big East. Note, the link will prompt a download of the .mp3 file.

Observations: Nova needs to win Big East tourney to secure top seed |
Villanova will need to win the Big East tournament to cement its place as a 1-seed:

Cascade/Maverik Media Poll: 'Nova up to #15 | Inside Lacrosse
Quietly, the men's lacrosse team seems to have solved the late-game defensive lapses that plagued them in recent seasons, and the high-powered offense is still there.

2015 Championship Week primer: Who to watch, root for and more |
The madness before the madness is upon us, which means it's time for a full rundown of what and who to be on the watch for over the course of the next two weeks.

New tourney schedule combines best of ACC, Big East | The Charlotte Observer
The ACC’s smart switch to a Saturday title game is a move to the old Big East tournament schedule, but also recalls the old, old ACC tournament schedule. Either way, it’s a no-brainer.

2015 Conference Tournament Central | Blogging the Bracket
I will be updating this table with scores and updated matchups throughout the Championship Fortnight.

Everything you need to know about Syracuse's NCAA scandal |
What happened at Syracuse and what comes next?

A Farewell to Wilkerson-Greines | Frogs O' War
In all seriousness, TCU Athletics and the Fort Worth Independent School District deserve high praise for making the best of a difficult situation this year. The Wilk was a great temporary home for TCU Basketball.

The fascinating weirdness of Tom Crean |
Tom Crean can't help himself, so neither can the general public from ridiculing every defensive breakdown and bad haircut.

Oklahoma Frat Boys Caught Singing 'There Will Never Be A Ni**** In SAE'
The national headquarters for Sigma Alpha Epsilon is closing its chapter at the University of Oklahoma after video surfaced Sunday of members on a bus singing racist lyrics about their fraternity. SAE's national office called the video "inapprop...