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Enjoy this era of Villanova Basketball, you guys

Dick Jerardi with some really good perspective.

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Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! I'm headed back North for the holidays so like the rest of you my presence around here may get a little spotty. But we the Arizin will go on!

We say it often, but soak in the success that Villanova is having right now. Mostly because it won't last (probably), but also because it really is unprecedented. We're witnessing history, y'all.

Love it.

And now, the "news."

Villanova shows sustained excellence in Big 5 and beyond | Philadelphia Daily News
When a period of what seems like unprecedented excellence is sustained season after season, perspective is often difficult to get, because eras are so hard to compare. After Villanova finished off its fourth consecutive unbeaten City Series season, winning the 16 games by a 21-point average, I decided to look back to see whether anything in city history compared. I really don't think anything does, but here is what I found.

The story behind Villanova's national title winning play |
The story behind Kris Jenkins's game-winner in Villanova's national championship victory over North Carolina.

Big East Christmas Lists: Villanova | Big East Coast Bias
What do you get the team that has everything?

UNC hit with new NCAA notice of allegations, per report | Sporting News
The University of North Carolina academic scandal could resurface before the end of 2016. According to, UNC has been served with a third notice of allegations pertaining to what some say is one of the worst cases of academic fraud in NCAA history.

Duke Blue Devils' Grayson Allen receives technical for tripping Elon player | ESPN
Duke's Grayson Allen is at the center of a tripping controversy again, receiving a technical foul for doing so Wednesday night against Elon.

How Kentucky and Louisville embraced the hate in college basketball's most heated rivalry |
Rick Pitino and John Calipari have supercharged the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry, but there's so much more to it than that.