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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for March 17, 2015

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Daily Villanova links.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! And happy St. Patricks' Day! It disgusts me that the majority of this country deems it okay to celebrate it the weekend before. Go out for lunch, get some corned beef and cabbage and a Guiness on a Tuesday. It won't kill you.

I'm no less confident than I was yesterday morning. At this point I'm running on the type of hubris that I haven't know since 2009. Also, is it weird that ESPN seems to have pivoted and is pumping Villanova up now? Hedging bets, or just adopting some journalistic integrity. You decide.

And now, the "news."

Villanova Shrugs Off Shortcomings in Recent Tournaments | NYTimes.com
The Wildcats have amassed a 32-2 record, yet there are still some who wonder if this year’s team is just a polished-up version of last year’s. Since Villanova made its surprising run to the Final Four in 2009, the Wildcats have had dreadful results in March. There was a second-round exit in 2010 and an opening-game loss in 2011.

Villanova's Wright, Lafayette's O'Hanlon would rather not be playing each other | The Morning Call
O'Hanlon graduated from Villanova in 1970. He and Wright texted one another recently, saying they hoped they would not run into one another.

East Region Preview: Villanova and Virginia could be on collision course | CBSSports.com
A look at the most intriguing region of the four: the East.

NCAA Men’s Tournament Forecast: The Parity Is Over | FiveThirtyEight
Nate Silver breaks down the odds of each tem to advance and cut down the nets. Villanova has the second-best odds to Kentucky according to his model.

No. 1 seed Villanova ready to chase history | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
After making history in the regular season and earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, Villanova is ready for some March fun — and of course, more history.

Tournament Preview: Villanova | ESPN Video
Lunardi picks a Wildcat on Wildcat FINAL with 'Nova losing to Kentucky.

Villanova celebrates a Big East title and a friend who wasn't there | USA Today
The Wildcats beat Xavier on the same day as former president Father Edmund Dobbin's funeral.

Jay Wright talks NCAA with Mike Francesa | CBS New York
Back aftah dis.

Big East still getting plenty of NCAA at-large bids
Entering this season, there were plenty of people ready to eliminate the Big East from the list of power conferences.

Sources: Steve Donahue to become Penn coach | Philly.com
Penn is set to announce that Steve Donahue will become the next head basketball coach, sources told the Daily News. Donahue was most notable when he led Cornell to a 72-21 record over three seasons, culminating in a Sweet 16 appearance in 2010. He left the next season for Boston College.

Paul Hewitt Not Returning to George Mason | Mid-Major Madness
After an impressive tenure at Georgia Tech, former Villanova assistant coach Paul Hewitt was never really able to get things going at George Mason.

Predicting March Madness 2015 as if each college's football team is playing | SBNation.com
Now that there's a bracket, let's change the sport.

D-League Deconstruction: The Necessary Plan to Fix the NBA’s Farm System | Grantland
The NBA has no reason to follow this guidance, but super-agent Arn Tellem has some pretty good points to make about how the system is broken.

2015 NCAA tournament emoji | Washington Post
Show your March Madness spirit with these mascot emoji. Find your favorite team, save the emoji to your phone and text it to your friends. Because nobody uses their words anymore.