Villanova has a two-game Big East winning streak going on and will host the Pirates tonight. The Wildcats may not face the best that Seton Hall has to offer, however, because it seems that the Hall's second-leading scorer has been a bit of a handful for coach Kevin Willard, who has threatened to glue him to the bench for a while.
That might be a break for Nova, but it seems likely that Rodriguez will still get into the game tonight. Willard needs all of the firepower he has at his disposal in a road game against a ranked opponent, so expect him to pull Desi off the bench at some point either way.
And now, the "news."
Seton Hall may bench breakout star for toughest Big East test | New York Post
Breakout star Desi Rodriguez, the team’s second-leading scorer, may be becoming an issue. Rodriguez was benched for the final 25:27 against DePaul for responding to getting taken out by saying "some things my players don’t say," to Willard, the coach said. It isn’t the first time Rodriguez has displayed an attitude problem, sources said. Willard wouldn’t commit to playing Rodriguez against Villanova. It is believed Rodriguez will be available Wednesday, though he will not start.
Seton Hall-Nova: Could Walsh have become the Pavilion? | APP.com
Whitey Rigsby said the old joke is that the Pavilion has 6,501 seats -- "the one seat would be for a township employee who could make sure there’s not 6,502." An interesting comparison of the stadium situations at Villanova and Seton Hall.
Villanova’s Success Predicated on Slowing Down Its Offense | Rush The Court
To a casual fan, Villanova’s woes appear painfully obvious: The Wildcats are shooting — and missing — too many threes. But approach the issue at the next level and shooting isn’t the problem as much as the quick tempo it produces.
Poll Attacks: I won't stop mocking you until you start respecting Providence | CBSSports.com
One AP voter still has Providence all the way down at No. 17 even though Providence is 14-1 with a lone loss to Michigan State and wins over Arizona and Butler. So that AP voter is in the Poll Attacks again.
10 reasons why Kansas-Oklahoma was the best college basketball game in recent memory | SBNation.com
College basketball fans may have seen the best game of the 2015-16 season, or any other recent season, Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
St. Joe's Isaiah Miles drops weight, gains stature on court | Philly.com
Priceless brand value boost for the Wendy's on City Line avenue?
What do Baconators have to do with the rise of St. Joe's? Sort of everything. https://t.co/6VkrurB22i
— Mike Jensen (@jensenoffcampus) January 5, 2016
The Browns Just Put Baseball Guy Paul DePodesta In Charge Of The Team
The Browns are really on one right now. Just a few days removed from chucking head coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer, the team has hired Paul DePodesta to be its ... top executive? Per a gibberish-laden press release (âDePodesta will be responsible for assessing and implementing best practices and strategies that will provide the organization with the comprehensive resources needed to make optimal decisionsâ), his title will be chief strategy officer. Weâll go with top executive for now.
What College Football Playoff entrants did with their NCAA stipends | USA Today
For some players, a little goes a long way. For others, hard choices still must be made.