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The Sun's Arizin: Daniel Ochefu and Villanova have been good for each other

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Look at Chef not listening to the negative recruiting!

Happy Game Day, 'Nova Nation! The 'Cats host the Warriors Golden Eagles tonight at the Pavilion so obviously don't kill yourself too much for slacking at work today. I've got a rather busy day, so I'll see you all in the game thread tonight!

Oh, and since Marquette is in town, I'm happy to use this GIF again.

Warriors Come Out And Play

And now, the "news."

Villanova, Ochefu have been good for each other | Philly.com
Daniel Ochefu was ESPNU's 54th-rated prospect in the recruiting class of 2012. So when the 6-11 center from Wester Chester's Westtown School chose Villanova, some wondered why. Didn't he know that Jay Wright would play five guards if he could, that it wasn't the place for a big man to fully/properly develop?

Villanova hoops still work in progress | Philly.com
Four Big East teams were ranked in the Associated Press top 25 when the conference schedule began two weeks ago, but the coach of one of those teams, Xavier's Chris Mack, sounded like a voice of reason in singling out Villanova.

Jermaine Samuels picks up some 'Nova Crystal Ball picks | 247
H/T to resident recruiting enthusiast tony b for catching this. He got lost and commented on it on a dead Arizin thread, so wanted to make sure you all saw it.

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings | ESPN
Movin' on up!

Villanova.com Goodwin Selected as BIG EAST Swimmer of the Week | Villanova.com
Following her record breaking performances at the Princeton Big Al Open on December 4-6, freshman Darby Goodwin (Jupiter, Fla./ The Pine School) was named BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Female Athlete of the Week on Tuesday afternoon.

Villanova University Announces Three New Members to its Board of Trustees | Villanova.edu
Executives from Facebook, Comcast and KKR have joined the 34-member Board as of January 1.

Former Butler big man Andrew Smith dies at 25 | CBSSports.com
Andrew Smith, the workmanlike big man who helped establish the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball program rise to national prominence, died on Tuesday morning.

Could Big 12 invite Temple football? | Philly.com
The Big 12 is hoping that legislation it is proposing will pass at the NCAA Convention on Wednesday that will allow the 10-team league to host a conference championship game in football.