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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for March 19, 2015

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Daily Villanova links.

Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! And a happy NCAA Tournament Gameday to you! This is probably the last time you'll hear from me this week as I'm off to my bachelor party in Vegas. Godspeed, VUHoopsters!

(Although if Delta allows me to watch the game in-flight, I might pop in to the gamethread - is TBS available on DISH on Delta flights with live TV?)

And now, the "news."

Phil Booth Jr.: Villanova's star-in-waiting |
"Nah, he's too good. He's going to be a stud. We'll go small with four guards to get him on the floor. He's that good," Wright said.

Pinkston has grown on Villanova |
JayVaughn Pinkston has matured into a team-oriented player, and coach Jay Wright has noticed.

Pinkston ready for one last NCAA run at Villanova |
In the middle of their euphoria over Villanova's Big East tournament championship, its first in 20 years, the Wildcats

Prosperity and Perception at Villanova | Yardbarker
The perception that certain teams - Villanova namely - won't go far in March, is weird.

If you can't pick Kentucky, who do you pick? |
Our experts have made their predictions, and most are down on prohibitive favorite Kentucky. OK, we get it -- it's tough to pick against the Wildcats. But what about if we told them they couldn't pick the Wildcats. Who would be their pick to cut down the nets then?

Scott Van Pelt says NCAA tournament committee punished Terps for winning close games | The Washington Post
Van Pelt says being in Kentucky's region 'almost feels like some kind of a death sentence.'

Jim Boeheim to retire in 3 years from Syracuse Orange; Daryl Gross out as athletic director | ESPN
Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years and athletic director Daryl Gross has resigned to take another position at the school in the wake of harsh NCAA sanctions levied against the university earlier this month.

Tom Pecora fired as Fordham Rams basketball coach | ESPN New York
Fordham has fired head coach Tom Pecora.

The Stories Behind the 68 March Madness Mascots | Mental Floss
Because they can't all be Wildcats.

I spent 4 years of my life at the wrong college thanks to Michael Jordan |
Don't pick a university based on sports when you're coming from halfway around the globe.

'Cubs University' features football, hoops experience | Chicago
This week, the Cubs manager railed against the thought that kids have to pick one sport in middle school, and focus on nothing else