Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! On-campu home and homes are awesome right? College basketball needs more elite programs willing to do it?
I was pretty disappointed to see John Calipari poo-poo a potential home-and-home series with Indiana. Recently Cal hasn't shied away from it (they've had home-and-homes with Louisville, UCLA and Kansas to name a few), so this one seemed odd.
But maybe it's because he's starting to realize the downside of it. A neutral site, made-for-TV event benefits a program like Kentucky and a coach like Calipari because it brings extra media attention to him. And a neutral site, with the way Big Blue Nation travels, will almost always offer Kentucky a home atmosphere at best and a true neutral game at worst.
A true road game? That's just a potential loss with limited upside, at least in his eyes it would appear.
And now, the "news."
Kentucky coach John Calipari: ‘We’re not coming to Indiana’ | NBCSports
The renewal of the Kentucky-Indiana series probably isn't going to happen anytime soon, and it's not because the two sides don't want to play each other. It's because they want to play each other in different settings.
Point guard keeps Wright on his toes - in a good way | Philly.com
Villanova had gotten back to campus late from a Monday night game at Purdue. The next day was a day off. Didn't matter. Last Tuesday morning, Jay Wright got a message from his starting point guard, Jalen Brunson.
Rebooted Big East happy with growth in fourth year | NCAA.com
About the only thing missing for the Big East had been an NCAA tournament breakthrough; a particularly conspicuous void for a basketball-first league. But not anymore.
Dominating Delaware a matter of pride for Villanova | The Trentonian
Gudzak’s best game came against his father’s alma mater. His dad, Pete, was a fullback for the Blue Hens from 1979-82. That should make Thanksgiving dinner a little interesting.
Which two teams last lost longest ago (’16 edition) | The kenpom.com blog
Revealing the pair of teams that has gone the most consecutive days without losing on the same day. Useless trivia? Yes, but moderately fun nonetheless. There are stories behind all of these streaks, but the stories aren’t as important as reveling in the odd partnerships that are formed in this venture.
Angel Piccirillo an All-American; Wildcats Place 21st at NCAA Championships | Villanova.com
When she made the decision last spring to come back to school and use her final seasons of collegiate eligibility, senior Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) was expecting big things of herself. She continued to make good on those expectations on Saturday afternoon when she placed 20th overall at the NCAA Championships. This is the first time in her career that Piccirillo will be an All-American in cross country, and the strong performances of the entire Villanova team helped the Wildcats come in 21st in the team standings. Villanova moved up nine spots from where it finished at the national meet a year ago.