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Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation!  So, second article down is a bit troublesome, and also something I just can't even fathom. Marketing dollars seemed to go up (I even got sick of the JVP-Shark commercial at one point), yet eyeballs are down with a better product on the court. That's...not good.

And now, the "news."

For Coaches, It’s Nurture vs. Natural Talent | NYTimes.com
In some ways, Monday’s championship game between Duke and Wisconsin represented a three-decade evolution from an industry that was based on patience to one based on expedience.

Negative trends for FOX Sports 1, Big East in 2015 | Paint Touches
There were plenty of theories about what caused the poor Big East ratings on FOX Sports 1 in 2014. Among the most prominent were: No one knows where to find the channel. It takes time to build a loyal base. The product wasn’t great. The results for 2015 are in, and the prognosis isn’t any more positive. Big East basketball on FOX Sports 1 is not a big draw in terms of eyeballs. Big East games averaged 104,516 viewers in 2014 while dropping to 100,439 in 2015.

Who belongs in early 2015-16 college basketball top 25? | USA TODAY
The 2014-15 season and the madness that came with the postseason has officially concluded, which means it's time to put that image of Duke cutting down the nets into the rearview mirror.

Villanova, Temple are among 'in' crowd in early NCAA bracket | Philly.com
Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has the Wildcats as a No. 1 seed and the Owls as a No. 11.

Radnor Planning Commission gives nod to Villanova plans | Main Line Media News
Villanova University received a thumbs up for their development plans from the Radnor Planning Commission Monday, albeit with various conditions attached. For 'Nova, the Planning Commission added conditions of denying a waiver for a 25-foot curve radius at Lancaster and Ithan avenues, and that the university comply with all staff recommendations. Also, it recommended that the university install the enhanced stormwater management as promised, and seek any and all easements necessary for construction, maintenance and repair of pedestrian bridge.

Reggie Redding is crushing it in Germany | EuroLeague.net
Never before has a team from Germany been so close to the playoffs as ALBA Berlin is going into Thursday's home showdown with defending champ Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, a date with destiny that do-it-all guard Reggie Redding can't wait to arrive.

Sources: DSR Returning to Georgetown | Casual Hoya
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Returning to Georgetown for his senior season.

Tariq Owens, a Tennessee forward, transfers to St. John's - Rumble In The Garden
Chris Mullin has his first commit to St. John's. Owens will be available after sitting out a year; the Tennessee transfer is a recruit for the future.

LET THE DREAMS OF FCS-FBS UPSETS BEGIN | The Sports Network
Eight generally is enough when it comes to FCS schools beating FBS programs in a college football season. But coming on the heels of a record 16 wins in 2013, last year's great eight felt like a letdown.

Behind the SEC's new basketball power move | AL.com
How a commissioner's plea, the Bruce Pearl effect and the impact of football have helped shape a new and improved SEC basketball league.

Morgantown Passes Outdoor Furniture Ban | West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Fun ruiners!

Phoenix Suns' Morris twins accused of assault | AZcentral.com
County attorney is reviewing case against Marcus and Markieff Morris.