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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news & links March 11, 2015

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Daily Villanova links.

Huuuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaaaay! Welcome to the Big East Tournament, y'all! The cellar dwellars are in action tonight but you'll have a rooting interest as Villanova takes on the winner of Seton Hall and Marquette. Personally, I'm hoping for Seton Hall. We need to exercise those demons.

We'll have an open thread for discussion open tonight for the first round - who do you want to win?

And now, the "news."'

Villanova's Arcidiacono lauded for his leadership |
St. John's coach Steve Lavin compares Villanova floor leader to former Duke great Bobby Hurley.

This isn't your father's Big East -- but it's pretty dang good | FOX Sports
This season, no other conference did as surprisingly well in nonconference play, and that streak in November and December has vaulted the Big East to one of the top conferences in the nation.

Jay Wright talks Villanova basketball with your favorite analyst |
Jay Wright talks with Doug Gottlieb. It's everything we ever wanted.

We really need a winner, Villanova |
You can book this one. Villanova, one of the nation's best-balanced basketball teams, will grab a No. 1 tourney seed this Sunday and beat freshman-laden Kentucky in a battle of Wildcats to win the NCAA championship.

Big East tournament preview: Villanova comes to New York on 12-game roll | Yahoo Sports
It's looking like a six-bid league again, but Xavier could use a win to give itself some cushion from the bubble.

Duke, Wisconsin, Villanova starting to peak | ESPN
Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg discuss the recent improvements from Duke, Wisconsin and Villanova as the NCAA tournament nears.

Villanova looking ahead |
Wildcats not dwelling on 2104 tourney loss to Seton Hall.

College basketball tournament preview: Big East | ESPN
Dana O'Neil tell us what's at stake and who has the most to gain this week at the Big East tournament?

The coinciding rises of friendly St. Francis, Villanova stars | New York Post
The Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania will never be confused with a basketball hotbed, but the area has had much to be excited about this winter. It produced the...

2014-15 Men's All-District Teams Announced |
Jay Wright wins District 2 Coach of the Year. Ryan A. & Darrun named to All-District Team.

2015 NCAA men's basketball tournament TV schedule |
Here's the complete schedule of 2015 NCAA tournament games on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.

Syracuse Really Tried To Keep Fab Melo Eligible in 2012 | The Big Lead
It's almost as if Syracuse is operating a multi-million dollar basketball industry instead of student extracurriculars.

Seton Hall needs Isaiah Whitehead to step up at Big East Tournament |
If the Pirates hope to advance in the Big East Tournament, they need Whitehead to step up in their opener against Marquette.

Qatar should lose World Cup, says outgoing Fifa exco member Theo Zwanziger | The Guardian
Qatar should be stripped of the 2022 World Cup in order to rectify the mistake of awarding them the tournament, the outgoing Fifa exco member Theo Zwanziger has said

Dubai cafe unveils $817 ice cream scoop
The "Black Diamond" ice cream features edible gold flakes and black truffles served in a Versace bowl.