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Villanova’s big win, Jay Wright is a leader in the sport, and all your Nova Nation news!

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It’s a GREAT morning Nova Nation! Chris has the morning off as he’s still celebrating last night’s win up in NYC. I know it hasn’t really been talked about in the comments this year, but this Bridges guy is pretty good. Maybe NBA good? Discuss :)

But seriously, that was the toughest game Nova will play before the new year. For the second straight season, Villanova could enter conference play undefeated. Unreal.

In other news, Jay Wright is a leader in finding a way to improve the sport, Bridges and Brunson are awesome, Baker Dunleavy got a big win, and we finally got those Russians! Oh wait, it’s a different thing...

New-look Villanova shows why it’s still elite in MSG beatdown | New York Post
The questions were understandable. The doubts made sense. Villanova graduated three seniors starters — two of them linchpins, irreplaceable players Josh Hart...

Mikal Bridges' career game lifts No. 4 Villanova over No. 13 Gonzaga | USA Today
Bridges scored a career-high 28 points to lead No. 4 Villanova to an 88-72 win over No. 13 Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic.

Big-name coaches open up about college basketball's problems and how to fix them | CBSSports.com
Roy Williams, Tom Izzo, Mark Few and Coach K offer their thoughts on college hoops' reputation problem.

Villanova's Mikal Bridges evolving into a 3-and-D standout | phillytrib.com
Mikal Bridges has been known for his defensive prowess. Bridges played some great defense for Villanova during its national championship run during the 2015-16 season.

Jalen Brunson was 'born a point guard.' Now, for Villanova, he's grown into a star | CBSSports.com
From the stroller to the spotlight, Brunson has always been working to lead a team.

Quinnipiac Spoils Men's Basketball's Home Opener, 89-87 | Columbia Athletics
Rich Kelly converted on a layup to give Quinnipiac the lead with four seconds remaining as the Bobcats picked up an 89-87 win over Columbia. Exciting win for Baker's Bobcats.

Bilas Index volume 1 looks at the best 68 teams in college basketball | ESPN
Let's get a few things straight: The Bilas Index looks at the best 68 teams in college basketball. It is never wrong. It loves Duke and Villanova, it predicts who will climb and who will fall, and explains why, in this sport, every game really matters.

Russia’s Olympic team was just banned from the 2018 Winter Games | Vox
Accused of widespread doping and cheating, Russian athletes will lose the chance to compete.