TGIF, ‘Nova Nation! Take a minute and appreciate Josh Hart going hard to the hoop for his beloved Villanova Wildcats. I’m not entirely sure what prompted this response and I don’t care. He basically calls anyone who doesn’t put Villanova on - or above - the same pedestral as the traditional blue bloods an idiot. Love you forever, Josh.
But is he right? Historically, yes. But I’ve seen PLENTY of love for Villanova this year. I’m overdosing on it like the 6-year old version (okay fine present-day version) of myself overdoses on candy at this time of year.
And right or wrong, those rivals have bigger fanbases generating more clicks for the media. So they’ll always continue to write about them en masse.
And now, the “news.”
How I'd Fix College Basketball | Barstool Sports
Some really good ideas in here but mostly just here to get Gus Johnson back to the NCAA Tournament.
Bluebloods battling for five-star Bryan Antoine | Rivals
This whole Villanova vs. Duke and Kentucky plot feels familiar.
Brian Bowen, at center of scandal that led to Rick Pitino's firing, says he didn't know about bribery scheme | ESPN
This interview is all over the place. Bowen's probably telling the truth that he didn't know, but then his refusal to blame his father is pretty mesmerizing.
USC declares De'Anthony Melton ineligible as probe into college basketball bribery case continues | LA Times
De'Anthony Melton has been held out of USC’s first 10 games as a precaution and will not travel to Hawaii this week with the rest of the team for the Diamond Head Classic.
How Villanova Is Programming Uniquely-Shaped Videoboards at Jake Nevin | Sports Video Group
In a perfect world for in-venue content creators, all videoboards would be shaped in a nice and tidy 16x9 aspect ratio.