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X-factor, glue guy -- Darryl Reynolds is key for Villanova Basketball

The unsung hero? There’s a bunch of ways to describe the sometimes forgotten Senior.

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Happy Monday, ‘Nova Nation! I hope you're still celebrating (or bemoaning) yesterday's draw. I'm already on to my advance scouting of Mount St. Mary's and New Orleans and the threat they pose to Villa --- HA!

There's a really cool feature on Darryl Reynolds from below that you'll enjoy. Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins get the pub, but Reynolds is a really cool customer and a great leader to the team. Now that he's back in the lineup and healthy heading into March Madness, I'm feeling a lot better about Villanova making a deep run.

And now, the "news."

Darryl Reynolds' journey to Villanova senior standout unlike any other |
There was no panic in his voice, just urgency. Darryl Reynolds had walked over to the only remotely familiar face among those loitering on press row across from 'Nova's bench about an hour before a November road game in Charleston, S.C.

Fordham transfer’s Villanova journey: From the bench to a title | New York Post
Eric Paschall couldn’t pinpoint the exact reason he left Fordham for Villanova following his freshman year. The smile on his face told the story anyway.

Jay Wright and the challenge of staying the same | Philadelphia Inquirer
It is 7 p.m., or as close to 7 p.m. as Jay Wright can reasonably cut it, when the back door of JD McGillicuddy's, a bar/restaurant near the Wayne train station, pulls open and the coach of the defending national champion college basketball team enters the kitchen to say hello to all the dishwashers, prep staff, cooks, and waitresses who swarm there on a very busy Monday night in March.

Villanova is top seed in NCAA tournament | Philadelphia Inquirer
Defending national champion Villanova was rewarded for an outstanding season Sunday when it was named the top overall seed for the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship.

Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, Gonzaga claim 1-seeds | Yahoo!
The 2017 NCAA tournament field is set. The bracket was released Sunday evening. Villanova is the top overall seed, followed by Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga on the top line.

Turner Sports' Charles Barkley: Villanova doesn't get enough respect | Philadelphia Inquirer
Even after winning the National Championship in dramatic fashion last year, it seems like Villanova can't get any respect headed into this season's NCAA Tournament.

Group of Five TV Partner American Sports Network Rumored to Be Liquidated | Underdog Dynasty
The start-up network that partnered with C-USA has failed to move the needle with consumers and appears to be ceasing operations.

2017 NCAA Tournament: Power Rankings the 68 teams in the bracket | CollegeBasketballTalk
From the most likely to the least likely to win the NCAA tournament.

Bracketology: Villanova leads Field of 68 | CollegeBasketballTalk
The Wildcats are dual-Big East champs.

Jim Boeheim vs. UNC Greensboro is the funniest NIT matchup ever |
College basketball’s greatest and pettiest feud takes another turn.

Three things the NCAA tournament selection committee got right and wrong | Yahoo!
The NCAA tournament selection committee unveiled this year’s bracket on Sunday evening. When Duke won four games in four days in Brooklyn to capture the ACC tournament title on Saturday night, many anointed the Blue Devils a threat to earn a No. 1 seed. Credit the committee for keeping it simple and