Happy Tuesday, ‘Nova Nation! Just an FYI here, really. The Fieldhouse - The Athletic’s college basketball venture - is open for business as of yesterday. Some of the best in the sport (and really, across all sports) are signed on to The Athletic, making is a must-read for this season.
I actually think this venture is doomed to fail under the current pay-to-read model (just look at how local media has been doing under that model vs. say, Vox and Buzzfeed), but that’s besides the point. Best of luck, and I know I’ll enjoy being able to read some of my favorites like Seth Davis, Dana O’Neil and Brendan Quinn again.
And now, the “news.”
Seth Davis: The Fieldhouse is open | The Athletic
The Fieldhouse planned to start in October because nothing happens in college basketball. Life comes at your fast!
Booth’s return brightens first day of Villanova practice | Delco Times
Phil Booth smiled and insisted his twice surgically repaired left knee was just fine. The bags of ice wrapped around both wheels after Villanova held its first practice of the season Friday were part of the maintenance program he undergoes on a daily basis.
Dana O’Neil: Time for college basketball’s code of silence to end | The Athletic
The irony makes Abar Rouse laugh, and honestly, in the last 14 years, not a lot about college basketball has made Rouse chuckle.
College Hoops Contender Series: Here Are Six Final Four Sleepers | NBC Sports
These are the six teams that will show up outside the top 12 but will have a chance to make a run in the NCAA tournament.
College basketball's Nike, Adidas and Under Armour contracts | SI.com
Here's a list of which college basketball programs are sponsored by each of the three major athletic apparel companies: Adidas, Nike and Under Armour.
Barstool Hoops Mailbag: Season Preview | Barstool Sports
Jalen Brunson is one of Reags favorite players to watch.
Hoops Mania 17 Rocked Villanova Stadium | Villanova.com
The annual basketball kickoff event, Hoops Mania, moved outdoors for the first time on Saturday as the Wildcats celebrated the start of 2017-18.
LaVar Ball pulls LaMelo Ball from Chino Hills High School | SBNation.com
He says differences with the coach of LaMelo's high school team is the reason why