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Can the Wildcats repeat? First, they need to figure out how all the new pieces fit.

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! I'm keeping it short and sweet for you since - yep the puppy is pooping on the floor again. Fun times!

Really great interview with Jay Wright from Mike Kern at the PDN that dropped over the weekend. Wright talks in great detail about the mentality of the program and how he and the staff plan to handle resetting the expectations this summer. Take a read!

And now, the "news."

Wright approach: 'Nova coach preparing team for post-title challenges | Philly.com
At this time a year ago, for the second straight year, Villanova coach Jay Wright was still trying to explain how his basketball team had somehow lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a top-two seed.

Utah Jazz: Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono works out for team | The Salt Lake Tribune
But as Arcidiacono tries to earn a job at the next level, he hopes the way he plays — and the decision he made to pass up a chance at personal glory — will help catch the eye of an NBA team.

Weathering the storm | The Intelligencer
n the sidewalk in that heavy rain, a man 2½ times older than many of the players, a volunteer with Villanova's basketball program for 11 years, and a man Wildcats head coach Jay Wright calls a blessing to the team, waited for a bus ride home to nearby Devon.

Photos: Villanova basketball and Joe Mugler | The Intelligencer
It was clear from the start what Jay Wright, head coach of the NCAA champion Villanova Wildcats, did for brain trauma victim Joe Mugler's family when the coach brought him into the fold 11 years ago. What wasn't so apparent, not even to Wright, was what the now 51-year-old they call 'Mugs' would bring to the Wildcats.

Ross Ventrone: 'I absolutely love the game' | Steelers.com
Ross Ventrone will never give up on his first love. It’s a love so strong that it has survived more breakups than any relationship in history. The bond, while it has been fractured, has never fully been broken.

Doug West returns to Altoona HS as head coach | WJAC
The decorated basketball career of Doug West started at Altoona Area High School. Friday he returned to his home court to be named head coach of the Mountain Lions. West was a member of the Altoona basketball team in the mid-1980s.

Britt-Jenkins bond stengthened by one shining moment | WRALSportsFan.com
"After that game, we talked about what our game plan was individually in the game and how the game went, we talked about the shot a little bit. You could say it brought us closer because we talked a lot more after that shot."