TGIF, 'Nova Nation! Look at the good 'ol NCAA giving our Wildcats some love, and Mikal Bridges continues to get recognized for his stellar play. But also take a look at Ken Pomeroy's latest entry in to his blog recording home court advantage. Very interesting, and another check against using the RPI (which to be fair, favors Villanova too).
Enjoy your Fridays - Hoyas on deck tomorrow!
And now, the "news."
Why Jay Wright's Wildcats are scarier than ever | NCAA.com
The 2015-16 version of Villanova is really good, once again.
POLL: When will Villanova be handed its first conference loss? | Big East Coast Bias
NEVER EVER EVER EVER!
Talley synonymous with Villanova football | Philly.com
The little stadium just off Lancaster Avenue - the first sight of Villanova's campus if you're coming out from the city - that's Andy Talley's stadium. For more than three decades, his office has been under the grandstand, nearest Lancaster.
Tiers of joy | KenPom Blog
Home-court advantage is important in college basketball - even though it may be at an all-time low - but too often it gets ignored. I suspect we have the RPI to blame for this. The RPI doesn’t include venue in its strength of schedule calculation, and more profoundly, encourages users to look at a team’s record against say, the top 50 teams, without considering where those games were played.
Ben Simmons, Jamal Murray are only freshmen on Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list | ESPN
All players are eligible for the final list, which will be released in March. That includes Villanova standout Josh Hart, who is averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Andrew Smith deserves to be first to have his number retired by Butler | CBSSports.com
It would be fitting for Andrew Smith's No. 44 Butler jersey to hang in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse to honor the former Bulldog who died this week at 25.
ESPN Cord-Cutting Could Cause Radical Change in College Football – Like Another Realignment, Soon | The Big Lead
College Football is undergoing a TV revenue bubble. ESPN is overpaying for content – be it conference deals, bowl games, or the playoff – to muscle out competition. With the cable model changing, ESPN's outlook looks anything but promising.