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The basketball season is here, rejoice ‘Nova Nation

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We made it.

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TGIF and Happy Game Day, ‘Nova Nation! The staff did their job for once and loaded up a bunch of links instead of making me scramble late in the evening. Kudos, team!

Immerse yourselves in these links, and I will see you in the game thread for a GIF party!

And now, the “news.”

Fanta Report: Opening Night Big East Preview | College Hoops Digest
5he road to the first Monday in April tips off Friday. Time flies, doesn’t it?

The 68 Things We Cannot Wait To See In College Basketball This Season | NBC Sports
Get fired up for the season.

CBB BOLD PREDICTIONS: What craziness should you expect this season? | NBC Sports
It is time to get BOLD. There's one 'Nova fans won't like...

Sixty-eight predictions for the new college basketball season that are sure to come true (unless they don't)
Coaches who are in trouble, potential breakout stars, Final Four predictions and more.

2017 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis Primer | Blogging the Bracket
Two potential No. 1 seeds will make the trip to the Bahamas over Thanksgiving week.

Skinny Love: Why Players Across the NBA Are Slimming Down | The Ringer
“I think it’s a new era of big men,” says Denver’s Nikola Jokic, who lost a reported 10-12 pounds heading into the season. “A lot of big men in the league can do a lot of stuff, and I think the big men want to show the small guys what they can do.”

Where every college basketball team ranks in each state - CBSSports.com
Here's our state champion and the rest of the teams in each state (and District of Columbia) in the union.

50 things to know about the college basketball season | Philly.com
Everything to get you set for college hoops, including what the Big Ten is doing to its postseason tournament.

Villanova Looks To Get On Track Saturday At URI | CBS Philly
The Wildcats dropped their third straight game last time out, losing at home to Richmond 22-0.

John Hinchen remains reliable weapon for Villanova
In a season that has seen a lot go wrong, Villanova punter John Hinchen remains one of things the Wildcats can count on.

Villanova Student-Athletes Continue to Rank Among Nations Elite in Graduation Success Rate | Villanova.com
A new set of data on the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of Division I athletics programs was released on Wednesday afternoon and Villanova continues to rank among the best in the nation in this measure of academic performance. Graduation Success Rates nationwide once again set new records in the latest reveal of student-athlete achievement, and with an overall 95 percent GSR the Wildcats continue to be ahead of the curve when compared to the national averages.

Cross Country to Run at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Friday Morning | Villanova.com
The men’s and women’s cross country teams from the Mid-Atlantic Region are set to converge on the Goodman Campus Course at Lehigh on Friday morning for one of nine NCAA regional meets around the country. The top two teams at each regional will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships later this month.