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The stakes are quite high in Chucktown this weekend.

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Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! We've got morning basketball today and let me tell you the local press is just downright giddy for this event. So much so that they are hyping not Villanova, but the other matchups in this event.

And I'm not sure they're wrong. Games between bad teams can be pretty fun!

And now, the "news."

Charleston Classic is Villanova, seven upset hopes and GameDay |
The Charleston Classic basketball tournament that begins with four games Thursday packs intrigue beyond having defending national champion Villanova in town, the primary TD Arena tenant involved and Mississippi State.

Villanova is no longer champions, but the Wildcats are not finished as winners | Sporting News
The Villanova Wildcats no longer are champions. That was last year’s team, the one you saw beating North Carolina with a dramatic, at-the-buzzer jumpshot in the NCAA title game in April. This year’s team is 2-0. That’s how it works in sports.

Wright keeping Villanova rotation tight for a reason | Philadelphia Inquirer
A common little mistake people make when forecasting college teams is sometimes focusing on the players who left instead of the ones who remain. We all do it. Coaches do it sometimes, wondering how they can replace that four-year star (or glue guy).

Villanova's Kris Jenkins recalls 'the shot' as No. 3 Wildcats arrive for Charleston Classic |
Like the rest of his teammates, Villanova guard Kris Jenkins was in awe of his surroundings on that morning in late May.

Villanova's Jay Wright bangs image of coolest coach |
RADNOR >> The video’s been viewed millions of times, zooming around the social media sphere faster than Ryan Arcidiacono head-manning up the court.

Remembering his roots: Westbrook reflects on his Villanova start | Villanovan
When you hear the name Brian Westbrook, what first comes to mind?

Back to Basketball: Kerry Kittles |
Get to know nine-year NBA veteran and former Big East Player of the Year Kerry Kittles, the newest member of the Princeton Men's Basketball coaching staff.

What’s the Matter With College Basketball? | The New York Times
It isn’t the low scoring or the quality of play.

John Calipari had a really entertaining back-and-forth with an unrelenting kid reporter |
Kid’s got a future in journalism.

This kid promised his friends they could rip out his tooth if the Cubs won the World Series |
Fly the Tooth! (yes there's video)