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Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! I briefly read through the bracket reveal post last night and I'm disgusted. Where is the confidence? Lafayette scares you?! NC STATE! LSU?!!! Have you watched this Villanova team?

Talk to me in two week when we're chewing glass anticipating a 'Nova-Virginia regional final.

And now, the "news."

Selfless and Relentless Effort Lifts Villanova to Big East Title |
The No. 4 Wildcats handily beat Xavier, 69-52, in the conference title game at Madison Square Garden.

Committee shafts Wisconsin, Arizona by raising Villanova | Sporting News
Sit a couple plays out DeCourcy, you're drunk.

Why Villanova’s Big East title matters, and what it means for Final 4 | New York Post
The Villanova players were standing in a circle in their locker room waiting, water bottles in hand, for their beloved coach. And then an unsuspecting Jay Wright walked in.

Villanova's Josh Hart making big impact off the bench | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
The Sixth Man of the Year isn’t playing like one. Josh Hart is playing like a star for the Villanova Wildcats exactly when it counts most.

Josh Hart: Villanova’s Unheralded Star | Rush The Court
Through just two years into his college career, Villanova’s Josh Hart has become the prototypical ‘glue guy’, acting largely behind the scenes while Darrun Hilliard and Ryan Arcidiacono collect all the individual accolades.

Big East tournament shows Jay Wright some love
Villanova coach Jay Wright begins every March by restating his love for the Big East tournament, the annual Madison Square Garden stroll through the history of a conference that helped transform the program into a true national player.

Forgoing the Pews to Minister to the Big East’s Benches |
Most of the conference’s colleges are Catholic, and at this past week’s tournament, half of the teams had members of the clergy on the bench.

Talley isn’t ready to step aside at Villanova |
Andy Talley doesn't need 300 victories to validate the job he’s done with the Villanova football program.

Rollie Massimino on Villanova’s 1985 Upset Over Georgetown | Philadelphia Magazine
Villanova’s former head coach — now 80 years old and at tiny Northwood University in Florida — looks back on one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

Larry Brown envisioned big things for SMU in Big East; AAC has been just as prosperous | Dallas Morning News
When Larry Brown began at SMU, he envisioned the Big East hastening his rebuilding job.

Matt Szczur hits 2nd HR of spring for Cubs |
Super Szcz continues to tear it up in spring ball. Is this the year he makes a breakthrough?

DePaul's Oliver Purnell resigns after five losing seasons | USA TODAY
Purnell went 54-105 and did not reach the NCAA tournament in any of his five years.

Rubin: Big East loss leaves Steve Lavin with Storm clouds | NY Daily News
St. John's coach Steve Lavin could be on the hot seat after the Red Storm's early exit at the Big East tournament.

Butler's Big East turnaround could offer hope for Bluejays |
"We went 2-7 in games that were essentially decided in the last minute," Creighton Greg McDermott said. "If we find a way to win five or six of those seven, we’re preparing for the NCAA tournament next week. We’re not very far from where we need to be, but we have to have some growth if we’re going to get there."

Georgia State Coach Tears Achilles Celebrating Sun Belt Title | Deadspin
Georgia State qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001 by beating Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt Conference championship game. Unfortunately, when they take the floor for their first round game next Thursday or Friday, it will be with a severely hobbled coach after Ron Hunter tore his achilles during the celebration, the culprit may have even been Hunter's son RJ, a Georgia State player.

Buzz Williams leaves huddle to coach girl taking free throws | NY Daily News
"Well, I want to have fun. I know you guys think I sweat and I don't have fun. I'm having the time of my life. It's just what you nerds think is fun isn't what everybody else thinks is fun," Williams told reporters after the game. "You guys think sending out a tweet and talking about a blog (is fun), that's not fun."

Rick Pitino Had No Patience For Louisville Student Reporter Following ACC Tournament Loss | The Big Lead
Can you talk about giving civil answers to honest questions?

NCAA to shorten shot clock in 2015 NIT tournament | NY Daily News
The NCAA will experiment with shortening the shot clock in this year’s postseason NIT. 30 seconds instead of 35.

Largest bracket you'll ever see is on the JW Marriott in downtown Indy | Imgur
That's pretty cool.

Here is Dick Vitale kissing Ashley Judd on the mouth |
I don't really understand why this is happening, but . . .

Super Mario Runs Left to Right Because Our Brains Say So
Does this gif hurt your brain? You're not alone.