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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Basketball is in the grind of the season

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An injury to Daniel Ochefu could cause some trouble - or could allow some players to step up.

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Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! I haven't really had a chance to share my thoughts on the game, but the general takeaway that I had was that Daniel Ochefu is extremely important to this team's chances at March success. I'm not innocent in riding him hard at times here, and yesterday I found myself missing the Chef.

No need to rush him back with Creighton coming to town(and Geoffrey Groselle's status is up in the air). And I'd even take an L at Providence if it meant getting him right. Get well soon big fella!

And now, the "news."

Villanova still in the grind | Philly.com
"To me, it feels like we're dead center in the middle of the grind right now. There's no looking back. There's no looking forward. You're just in it," said coach Jay Wright.

Big East TV viewership limited but promising | IndyStar
Average FS1 viewership for a Big East game is a paltry 93,000, an increase of 7 percent over last year (87,000) and 29 percent over two years ago (72,000), according to the network.

Teasing Villanova crushes St. John’s back to reality | New York Post
Villanova coach Jay Wright turned away from the Madison Square Garden court and covered his face with both hands, hiding the screams of angst and disbelief caused by an uncharacteristically calamitous stretch from the Big East’s best.

Ex-Watertown star a donor hero in Villanova campaign | Boston Herald
C.J. Logan didn’t really know how to respond to a phone call he didn’t think would come.

Women's Basketball Cruises to 76-47 Win at Providence | Villanova.com
The Villanova Wildcats traveled to Providence, R.I., on Sunday afternoon where they tallied a 76-47 win over the Providence Friars. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 14-8 overall and 7-4 in Big East play, while Providence falls to 4-17 overall and 0-11 in conference action.

Women's T&F: Piccirillo and Cleirigh Buttner Post Fast Times at Penn State National | Villanova.com
Senior Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) and sophomore Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dublin, Ireland) each won their respective events during competition at the Penn State National on Saturday afternoon. Piccirillo won the invitational section of the 3000 meters and Cleirigh Buttner was first in the invitational section of the 500 meters, with both runners posting times that rank among the fastest in the nation this season. On the second of two days of competition at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track, the Wildcats had athletes competing in four invitational races as well as four other individual running events, one relay and two field events.

Men's T&F: Williamsz and Denault Are Top Two Finishers in 3000 Meters at Penn State National | Villanova.com
Senior distance runners Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) and Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) became the 10th and 11th runners in school history to post sub-eight minute times in the 3000 meters during the collegiate indoor season when they finished first and second, respectively, in competition at the Penn State National on Saturday afternoon. The two-day meet wrapped up with the Wildcats having a total of 14 athletes in competition at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track, including eight runners who took part in the highly competitive invitational sections of their respective events.

Law, Plus Business, Equals Big Money: Behind a $25 Million Campus Gift | Inside Philanthropy
The inside scoop on foundations and individual donors. Learn who's giving to what causes and how to get funding.

How much did it cost for Rutgers to travel in first year of Big Ten? | NJ.com
Rutgers' inaugural year in the Big Ten only swelled the program's travel costs by 10 percent from its final season in the non-fractured Big East. That wasn't nearly the hike many expected when annual trips to Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska were added to the conference schedules.

German Tourist Illegally Climbs Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt | The Epoch Times
Andrej Ciesielski, 18, snuck past guards and hung out on top of the 481-foot ancient pyramid, snapping pictures and enjoying the view.