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Bridges is following in the footsteps of some great players.

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Happy Monday, ‘Nova Nation! Gonna be a long day at work today waiting for tonight to get here so enjoy this feature from Mike Jensen on Mikal Bridges and the role he’s going to play for Villanova this year.

Bridges set a few career-highs against Lafayette, so the best is likely yet to come.

And now, the "news."

With Villanova, starters are only beginning of trouble for foes |
There are all sorts of reasons Villanova started 2016-17 ranked fourth in the country, already poised to move up. You know the reasons by name. We're just going to give it one name.

Villanova faces tall order in No. 15 Purdue |
In only its second game of the season, fourth-ranked Villanova will run into what coach Jay Wright calls "probably the biggest team we'll play all year."

Purdue defense faces early test from Villanova | Lafayette Journal & Courier
The Wildcats return three starters from last year's national championship squad.

Villanova-Purdue has making of a classic | Yahoo! Sports
If the performances match the mutual respect, Monday night's Gavitt Tipoff Games battle between reigning NCAA champion and No. 4 Villanova and No. 15 Purdue in Mackey Arena has the potential to be special.

Kris Jenkins leads Villanova past Lafayette with future on mind | CSN Philly
"Much better shape than last year. Much quicker," Jenkins said after Villanova cruised over Lafayette, 88-48 (see Instant Replay). "Defensively my teammates do a great job of pushing me in practice. I know if that if I can stay in front of them, then I can pretty much stay in front of a lot of guys." That's what it will take for him to play in the NBA. "They said if I want to play at a higher level after this, that's what I have to do. Obviously I want to play at the highest level, so I did what I have to do," Jenkins said.

Jalen Brunson takes the reins | CSN Philly
Highly decorated recruit Jalen Brunson took a back seat to Ryan Arcidiacono during Villanova's 2016 championship season, and with Arcidiacono now gone, the Wildcats are relying on Brunson to lead the team.

Villanova University officials investigating race-related campus assault | Fox 29
Officials at Villanova University and Radnor Police are investigating an incident in which a black female student was assaulted by a group of white males, running towards her chanting President-elect Trump's name.