Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! Even happier now with your 2-0 Villanova Wildcats and their utterly dominant offense. A visit from Seton Hall on Wednesday comes before a weekend visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse which will now make me retract my statement about Creighton being my least favorite place to go to. Villanova has won both matchups there in exciting fashion, which leaves me with a sinking feeling of impending doom.
I'm going to be out of pocket most of the week in Las Vegas for work (yay me!) but I'll be checking in now and again.
And now, the "news."
Did Fox Sports Drop the ball on the Big East? | The Bizarre World of Jim McIlvaine
Fox isn't hosting any historical games to view on Fox Sports GO - something that WatchESPN and Roku are very good at. They're losing money - but how much?
Interview With Villanova Athletic Director Mark Jackson | Football Matters
Mark Jackson has had the opportunity to work with many hall of fame coaches in his time and his career has led him to Villanova.
As always, Arcidiacono does what’s necessary for ’Nova | Delco Times
The 6-3 senior guard and reigning Big East co-Player of the Year woke up around 4 a.m. to find his roommate, Jalen Brunson, battling a stomach virus that would limit the freshman guard to season-low 17 minutes in Villanova’s surprising 95-64 romp over sixth-ranked and previously undefeated Xavier at the Pavilion. So Arch stepped up as he's done time and time again.
Jay Wright: 'Best Big East has ever been' | ESPN Video
ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz discusses why Villanova coach Jay Wright thinks the Big East conference is the best it's ever been even after the loss of some marquee programs.
Seton Hall's Desi Rodriguez benched, status vs. Villanova unclear | SHUHoops.com
Seton Hall escaped vs. DePaul, but Kevin Willard was forced to bench sophomore Desi Rodriguez for an altercation on the bench. After the game, Willard was livid and went as far to suggest that Rodriguez may not play Wednesday vs. Villanova.
John Thompson III: As Big East play begins, 'We're in a bad place right now' | Washington Times
Georgetown was 7-5 entering its Big East opener at DePaul on Wednesday, which was enough for Thompson, its coach, to lament the team's performance during the non-conference portion of its schedule.
Stanford Alum Carly Fiorina is Shamelessly Rooting for Iowa in Rose Bowl | The Big Lead
Regardless of one’s political persuasion, we should all be able to agree that such turn-coat behavior has no place in sports.
Phil Jackson, Pat Summitt, Mary Karr and a special triangular connection | The Washington Post
Mary Karr’s poem "Loony Bin Basketball," which, strangely, is dedicated to Phil Jackson. Strangely because it’s not about the glorious elevations of the game, but about broken-sharded souls playing a pickup game in a mental ward.