Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! One more day until I leave for Houston, and I cannot wait. Appreciate all of you who have reached out to meet up and I will continue to share my contact information if anyone else wants to do that. Just shoot me an email. We also hope to have some news dropping today about a VU Hoops meet & greet, so we'll keep you posted.
On to the news - I saw in a few places people starting to discuss the mark of Jay Wright at Villanova. He's nowhere near done, but he's now got two Final Fours to his name and that, coupled with the recent success, has people talking about where he ranks all-time in Philly, and where he ranks currently nationally.
He's been a God-send, and I hope he never leaves. He has this program rolling, and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down anytime soon.
And now, the "news."
Wright timing has led to winning legacy at Villanova | Philly.com
It was 15 years ago and one of those basketball weekends you never forget. And not for just what happened on the court. Like last weekend, the East Regional was in town, a regional that would send Shane Battier, Jay Williams and Duke on to win the 2001 national championship in Minneapolis.
Villanova proving a winner on and off the court | Philly.com
Within two minutes of Villanova defeating Kansas Saturday night, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue received 280 texts from alumni and other excited fans, looking forward to the Final Four.
Uniquely unselfish play has guided Villanova to Final Four | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Villanova doesn't have a Buddy Hield, a Michael Gbinije, or a Brice Johnson. The Wildcats have a roster of team-first players who don't care who scores the most points.
Bridges, Villanova defense prepare for Buddy Hield | City of Basketball Love
Villanova’s defense has shut down opponents all season, ranking 15th in the nation in points allowed. And it’s been especially good through the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament, limiting teams to just 63 points per game.
Loyalty as important as hoops to Arcidiacono | Philly.com
Ryan Arcidiacono entered Neshaminy High School in 2008 and graduated from Neshaminy High School in 2012 and went nowhere else in between. It's maybe the most revealing item on his curriculum vitae, a small but significant indication of how and why he has developed into the point guard, the captain, and the beating heart of a Villanova team two victories from a national championship. Understand why he went there, understand why he stayed there, and you'll understand how he got here.
Here's why Jim Calhoun thinks Jay Wright is an 'old soul' | SI.com
Calhoun also picks Villanova over Oklahoma.
Scottie Reynolds recalls play that shot 'Nova into 2009 Final Four | Philly.com
Other than that magical April Fools', Jake Nevin-inspired night in Lexington 31 years ago, it remains the shining moment in Villanova basketball lore.
Scouts’ Takes: How to defend & attack against each Final Four team | SI.com
SI asked scouts to break down the strengths & weaknesses of each Final Four team.
Member Of Villanova Basketball Team That Won In 1985 Excited For Possible 2nd Championship | CBS Philly
Pinone now works for Villanova and holds the title of senior director of advancement for men's basketball.
'GQ Jay' Wright's suit game is strong; his players, coaches try to keep pace | USA TODAY
The best-dressed man in college basketball isn’t hard to find. Just follow the pocket squares. "It’s GQ Jay," Villanova junior Josh Hart says, "What you going to say?"
HOLY MASSIMINO! Never forget these 2016 Villanova Wildcats | The Villanovan
Nova Nation, its time to rejoice.
Ranking Every Final Four player | ESPN Insider
(Subscription Req'd) There's an obvious No. 1 when ranking the Final Four's best players. But it gets much more complicated after Oklahoma's Buddy Hield.
Ex-Nova hoops star turned Nova Bank chairman on trial for fraud | Philly.com
When times were good for onetime Villanova University basketball standout turned bank chairman and successful Main Line money manager Barry R. Bekkedam, his tastes tended toward Ferraris, Aston Martins, and travel by private jet.
Why Philly shouldn't host a parade if Villanova wins the NCAA tourney | PhillyVoice
If the Villanova Wildcats win the NCAA tournament on Monday night, let them celebrate in Radnor. That's right, there's many reasons for forgo a championship parade in Philadelphia.
Providence coach Ed Cooley receives contract extension | Big East Coast Bias
Cooley has compiled a 103-67 record during his five seasons with the Friars.
This weekend’s NCAA Final Four will be live-streamed in virtual reality | The Verge
The NCAA has announced that this weekend's Final Four and National Championship games will be live-streamed in virtual reality. Fans who own a Samsung Gear VR will be able to watch each game from a...
Man has perfect Final Four but forgets to pick a national champion | CBSSports.com
One man picked a perfect Final Four but forgot to pick a national champion.