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Villanova Basketball’s old/new home is revealed

The Pavilion has a whole new look and feel... and another National Championship

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Happy Monday Nova Nation! Sorry for the late links, let’s just chalk it up to technical difficulties. As in, “technically” I left my laptop at my parents house. Better late than never!

In other “news”, the Pavilion debuts its new look, recruiting updates, and desperately needs the season to start so they have something real to write about. Enjoy!

The defending national champs show off their updated, yet still quaint, home gym | The Athletic
The updated Finneran Pavilion is the result of a $60 million project and a Villanova team that won despite its sometimes meager surroundings.

Villanova's $65 Million Renovated Finneran Pavilion Incorporates Hoops with History | Forbes
Maybe renovations on the $65 million William B. Finneran Pavilion would have gone down as smoothly and timely even if Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats hadn’t won two of the last three NCAA titles. Maybe the privately funded enterprise more than three years in the planning would’ve still happened without a hitch anyway.

Villanova’s Finneran Pavilion reopens after a $65 million renovation |
The campus arena hosted Friday night's "Hoops Mania" celebration where the 2018 national championship banner was raised and players received their rings.

College commitments enable Bryan Antoine, Scottie Lewis to focus on game | USA TODAY High School Sports
Ranney School stars Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine are committed to colleges and now they're focused on improvement at USA Minicamp.

USA Q&A: Recruitment End in Sight for Jeremiah Robinson-Earl | Inside Carolina
The Tar Heel target is attending the USA's minicamp this weekend.

Duke Basketball: 2020 PG Jeremy Roach sets visit, eyes 'early' decision | Ball Durham
Top 2020 point guard Jeremy Roach has scheduled an official visit to the Duke basketball program for Oct. 13 and said he hopes to choose a college "early."

College Basketball’s 32 Most Important Transfers | NBC Sports
These are all the transfers that you need to know about.

The best conferences in NCAA tournament play since 1985 |
It’s the only guaranteed way to play in the NCAA tournament: Win your conference, and you’re in. But once March Madness starts, very rarely do we see intra-conference matchups. Instead, we get the best teams from each conference squaring off. So, which conferences have performed better against the competition in NCAA tournament play? We looked at every game since the NCAA tournament expanded to its modern format in 1985.

These states would produce the best college basketball All-Star teams |
Some of college basketball's best rivalries brew within state lines: Duke-North Carolina, Kentucky-Louisville, Indiana-Purdue and Cincinnati-Xavier all come to mind. But imagine if those schools and their in-state counterparts teamed up to take on the other 49 states in a hypothetical 50-team tournament. Who would win?

Los Angeles Lakers: Josh Hart was too much to handle for David West | Lake Show Life
Due to his strength and defensive abilities, Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart appears to have played a role in why David West retired this offseason.