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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Basketball's Josh Hart is an under-appreciated star

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Hart has upped his game ,and the media is finally starting to notice.

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! First a win against the Hoyas, then a pair of verbal commitments for the football team, and now we get to look forward to finishing off a season sweep over Seton Hall this week. Saccoman's insane feelings aside, this is becoming one of those games I look forward to every year.

Oh, and FINALLY some national press love for Josh Hart. The kid deserves it, and continues to be the guy carrying this team through yet another impressive regular season.

And now, the "news."

Villanova guard Josh Hart is the most under-appreciated star in the country | NBC Sports
Rob Dauster's column on the Georgetown fan that the Hoyas never wanted.

The Simple Formula Behind Villanova's Success | VICE Sports
It's not often that a top-seeded NCAA Tournament team gets even better the next season, especially with all the roster turnover in contemporary college basketball. Enter Villanova. Knocked out of last year's tournament in the round of 32, the Wildcats look stronger in 2016, even after losing non-conference games to Oklahoma and Virginia.

Setting sites on Villanova's NCAA Tournnament possibilities | Philly.com
The Wildcats have been helped by so many top teams losing so many games recently. Much will change between now and Selection Sunday.

At Villanova, Andy Talley has had a major college-football impact | delcotimes.com
For 30 years, for generations, forever it sometimes seemed, Andy Talley coached football at Villanova. If too few bothered to notice, and too few did, there is bad news and good.

Women's Basketball Makes It 4 Straight With Win Over St. John's | Villanova.com
In womens basketball action on Sunday afternoon, the Villanova Wildcats registered their seventh win in the last nine games with a 58-54 victory over the St. Johns Red Storm. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 12-6 overall and 6-2 in Big East play, while St. Johns falls to 14-4 overall and 5-2 in league action.

Women's Indoor Track: Piccirillo Runs Second-Fastest 1000 Meters in School History at Great Dane Classic | Villanova.com
Senior middle distance runner Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) was on the cusp of history with a sensational performance in the 1000 meters and Villanova rode several strong performances to a second place overall finish at the Great Dane Classic on Saturday night.

Men's Indoor Track: Warnick and Purcell Score Wins at Great Dane Classic | Villanova.com
Junior distance runner Harry Warnick (Fairfield, Conn.) finished first in the Mile and freshman Harry Purcell (Dublin, Ireland) won the 800 meters in the first individual race of his collegiate career at the Great Dane Classic on Saturday night.

Conference USA needs to expand; JMU, Georgia State are the best candidates | pilotonline.com
Conference USA needs to find a way to get stronger if it is to compete in the Darwinian world of college athletics. The only way to do so is to expand.

Samantha Smith Addresses the Butler Community Saturday at Hinkle | ButlerSports.com
The wife of the late Andrew Smith gave an emotional and courageous talk at halftime of Butler's game this weekend. A must-see.

Philadelphia basketball legends to be honored on MLK day | The Philadelphia Tribune
Former Philadelphia basketball standouts Rasheed Wallace, Cuttino Mobley and Alvin Williams will be honored at the second annual Martin Luther King Invitational (a local high school basketball event).