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The Sun's Arizin: The loss that changed Villanova Basketball's trajectory

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I usually block this game out, but it's hard to argue that it was all upwards after it.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! The night that shall not be named was the centerpiece of a really nice story from Fox Sports (they DO have writers!) that you should check out if you didn't see it yesterday. That was one of the low points of my Villanova fandom and I was definitely amongst those wondering if Jay Wright had lost it at Villanova following that beatdown.

But from it rose a behemoth, the Villanova program we know and love today. It's been quite the ride, and it doesn't look like the train is slowing down anytime soon.

And now, the "news."

How a loss three years ago still motivates Villanova | FOX Sports
f you look at where Jay Wright’s program stands these days, you’d could assume it’s always been there, secure in its spot among the bluebloods of college basketball.

Kyle Lowry Could Make Toronto An NBA Finals Dark Horse | FiveThirtyEight
By just about any measure, the last three seasons have been the best time to root for the Toronto Raptors in their 20-year history.

Villanova.com "Breakfast With the Cats" Highlights Saturday's Pre-Game Festivities | Villanova.com
Xfinity Live is where all the pregame fun will take place leading up to the noon BIG EAST battle between Providence and the Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Wildcats Legends to Be Honored at Big Five's 60th Anniversary Celebration | Villanova.com
The Philadelphia Big Five will celebrate its 60th Anniversary and six former Wildcats will be among those honored at the Palestra.

Observations: Yogi Ferrell big part of Indiana's fast start in Big Ten & More | CBSSports.com
Villanova has become the Kansas of the Big East.

Blue Demons ‘have some pieces’ despite 0-5 Big East record | Omaha.com
Essentially, The DePaul Blue Demons have a "good personality."

Planning the nation's birthday party . . . for 2026 | Philly.om
The man charged with creating the greatest celebration of America ever conceived occupies Cubicle B on the seventh floor of the Philadelphia Building. The donated space is decorated with a family photo, a Ben Franklin bobblehead, and a sticker that reads: "USA250."