TGIF, 'Nova Nation! Thank you for the few emails, but no, I was NOT on the plane from Atlanta that crashed in New York. But in fact, that was the plane that was supposed to pick me up and take me from New York to Atlanta. So a bad travel day could have been worse. Excuse my absence again today while I sit at LaGuarida waiting in the standby line for 12 hours.
And now, the "news."
How could anyone possibly call Villanova overrated? (podcast) | FOX Sports
A Twitter debate recently arose over the thought of Villanova being overrated. Wait, what?
Villanova and the Big East have been quietly excellent. | SportsonEarth.com
No, the Big East doesn't have the same appeal that it did in the past, thanks to conference realignment. But the new version, led by national contender Villanova, has been quietly excellent, making next week's league tournament worth watching.
2015 Big East Tournament bracket, seeding, matchups, and tiebreakers | Banners On The Parkway
Confused about who will play whom, when, and where? Worry no longer; we've got seeding scenarios for every team in the league.
A Season Removed From Shakeups, Big East Tournament Tickets Still Hold Significant Edge Over ACC
The Big East is neck-deep in its second season after its refurbishment in 2013, and its subsequent tournament is still generating big ticket demand on the secondary market. The average price for Big East Tournament tickets on TiqIQ is $224.98, marking a price jump of 27.3% from last season’s average of $176.74; and an All-Session strip for the 2015 Big East Tournament has an average price of $1,367.41. This year, the average secondary price for ACC Tournament tickets is $163.19.
15 March Madness facts you probably didn’t know | WKBW.com
Do you know what the most frequent NCAA tournament matchup is? Or the number of wins vacated due to rules violations? You will now.
Oregon State Beavers start five walk-ons in loss to Oregon Ducks | ESPN
Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle started five walk-ons in the Beavers' 65-62 loss to Oregon.
Hassan Whiteside Just Won't Quit | Deadspin
There has been no stranger story in the NBA this year than the rise of Hassan Whiteside, the 25-year-old center who spent the last two seasons playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales, Al Mouttahed Tripoli, and Jiangsu Tongxi—making the trip back to China after being released by Tripoli—and now won't stop throwing up 20-rebound games as the Miami Heat's starting center.
MLS Preview 2015 | SB Nation
A new Collective Bargaining Agreement has been reached between the MLS Players and Owners. Get ready for the 2015 MLS season with @sbnationsoccer's preview.
N.J. store rewards honest college 'burglars' who paid | USA Today
Four New Jersey college football players have been rewarded for paying for merchandise after hours at a store that inadvertently was left open.