Happy GameDay, 'Nova Nation! Already struggling to get through Tuesday night as I prep this post, and can't imagine how long tomorrow's work day is going to feel. So psyched for tonight!
Lead story today features Jay Bilas - the one and the same that several here have claimed hates Villanova - heaping praise on Josh Hart as one of the best two-way guards in college basketball. As Bilas says, he does everything. Take that!
And now, the "news."
'Nova's Josh Hart even better this season | Philly.com
Josh Hart is a competitive guy. You don't get to be one of the best players in your conference - or in the entire nation - without having that fire that enhances your already superb skills on the basketball court.
Juliano & Kern: Will Temple Upset ‘Nova? | Philly.com
Temple is 2-14 all-time against the #1 team in the country. The Inquirer/Daily News' Joe Juliano & Mike Kern join CineSport’s Noah Coslov to preview Wednesday’s game against Villanova.
Temple knows it has 1 chance at Villanova | Delco Times
So Villanova will be as protective of its historic, first-time-ever No. 1 ranking, just as much as Temple, and Temple’s fans, would love to see the Wildcats tumble.
Ochefu crucial to Villanova success | Philly.com
In the game that he insists he has forgotten, Daniel Ochefu missed a short jump shot, then a layup, then another layup, all in the first 81/2 minutes, his off-night starting early and building into a foreboding sense that Villanova's season would soon end.
'Go beat Nova,' Temple players are told | Philly.com
For the second time this season, Temple will be facing the No. 1 team in the country. This time, the Owls hope for a better performance, and they said going through it before will be a benefit.
Omari Spellman and Miles Bridges led the way at the Primetime Shootout | Scout
The Primetime Shootout was again one of the top events on the East Coast, and several high level prospects really stepped up. None more so than five-star prospects Miles Bridges and Omari Spellman.
College Basketball Power Rankings | ESPN
The Wildcats venture out of conference for an in-state road test against Temple. Beware of the Owls: They've won eight of nine and have beaten their last three Top 25 opponents.
Ranking the 15 best four-year college basketball stars of the 2000s | Sporting News
You'll never guess which Wildcat made the list. Or maybe you will. It's pretty easy.
Villanova Student Named Gates Cambridge Scholar | Villanova Media Room
Villanova University senior Brandon Wesley has been selected as a 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholar. Established by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship supports postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. Among the most prestigious and competitive scholarships, the program is unique in placing emphasis on both outstanding academic ability and social leadership in its admissions process. Wesley is the third Villanovan to receive the honor and the first since 2005.