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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for April 1, 2015

Daily Villanova links.

Huuuuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaaaay! Set your DVRs for 9pm on ESPN tonight, because Jalen Brunson is competing in the McDonald's All-American game. I think we're all going to get over this postseason hangover and get really excited for next season after tonight.

And now, the "news."

Villanova's title, 30 years ago today |
Quotes and excerpts from April 1, 1985, when Villanova shocked the world by upsetting Georgetown.

Historic season spoiled, Villanova ready for consequences | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
They had a historic season, but Jay Wright and Villanova know their latest early exit from the NCAA Tournament will be what's remembered.

Villanova's Darrun Hilliard continued legacy of Lehigh Valley players in NCAA Tournament | The Morning Call
Perhaps the era in which the area was best represented in the tournament was the 1960s. Take a trip down memory lane.

West Virginia fouls Villanova senior so she can finish career with 1,000 points | For The Win
It was an awesome display of sportsmanship.

McClain’s memories of Villanova’s epic win are still clear 30 years later |
With two seconds left, all Dwayne McClain had to do was catch the inbounds pass from Harold Jensen to complete the most stunning upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

Why Mullin hiring at St. John's is good for Villanova |
The T-shirt. When he was playing college ball in the early 1980s, Chris Mullin always wore that T-shirt underneath his St. John's tank top. Jay Wright had never seen anyone do that before. It was one of the first things Wright thought of when he learned this week that St. John's would hire Mullin as its new head coach, that a former Big East power had reached into its past to try to revitalize its present.

Jalen Brunson on Cloud Nine | Scout
Stevenson (Ill.) point guard Jalen Brunson is fresh off winning a state title, and talks about the McDonald's All-American experience in Chicago.

Georgetown Guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Declares for the NBA Draft | Casual Hoya
Hoyas' leading scorer and assist man looks to jump to the pros despite uncertain prospects.

Iowa State's Matt Abdelmassih to join Chris Mullin's Red Storm staff | Rumble In The Garden
St. John's reportedly has a strong recruiter in the fold ready for Chris Mullin's official first day.

Shirt swap promotion aims to eradicate Syracuse, Villanova T-shirts from Georgetown campus | The Washington Post
And so the homeless become walking billboards for Villanova and Syracuse in the nation's capital.

Transfer QB Olsen leaves Towson |
Head Coach Rob Ambrose said Saturday that quarterback Kevin Olsen has left the program for a violation of team rules and is no longer at the school. Olsen was a four-star recruit coming out of Wayne Hills High School in New Jersey. He was a 2013 Under Armour All-American and ranked No. 4 by He never played a game at Miami but briefly competed for a starting spot last spring.

John Calipari's Deal Is Bad, Even For Players Whose Knees Survive It | Deadspin
Last week, I wrote about the ways that both pro- and anti-NCAA camps tend to miss the mark when talking about University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. He deserves less criticism for breaking NCAA rules and more for profiting from them, because even his "Players First" arrangement forces players to take huge risks for a reward artificially delayed by NCAA and NBA rules, while he himself risks nothing at all and has a guaranteed seven-figure annual reward no matter what becomes of the players who do all the valuable work.

Kentucky professor has degrees from Michigan State and Wisconsin | Sun Times National
One UK professor has degrees from Michigan State and Wisconsin making this Final Four a tough one to pick a team to cheer for. (Editor's Note: Easy choice is Michigan State -- undergrad always comes first!)

The Bill Belichick Offseason Simulator |
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