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Villanova Basketball prepares for two big tests

Big 5 Championship + Big 12 Championship = Big 17 Champions?

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! It’s a crazy week for yours truly as the baby Wildcat and the wife Wildcat both celebrate birthdays this week, on top of it being a late night last night. So instead of a lengthy, stat-filled article this morning, please enjoy a lengthy, stat-filled podcast as I guest-hosted today’s episode of the State of the Nova Nation. Now, to the links!

In other “news”, Penn thinks they can beat Nova, Kansas thinks they can’t beat Nova, and no one can beat the Big East. Enjoy!

Villanova vs Penn

City 6 observations: Penn up next for Villanova in Big 5 play, and this could get interesting | The Inquirer
If Penn gets Villanova on the ropes, as La Salle and Temple did, the Quakers might just be the ones who finish the job.

Penn vs. Villanova - 12/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction | Sports Chat Place
Villanova takes on Penn at the Palestra Tuesday night.

What will it take for Penn to upset Villanova? Here are three keys to victory | The Daily Pennsylvanian
It has been more than 15 years since Penn men’s basketball last defeated Villanova.

Villanova vs Kansas

Bill Self not impressed with KU ahead of Villanova game | The Kansas City Star
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discussed his team’s new No. 1 ranking and squad’s poor play heading into a game vs. Villanova at Monday’s Williams Fund Roundball Club luncheon at the KC Downtown Marriott.

No. 1 Kansas gets big test against No. 17 Villanova | Midland Reporter-Telegram
No. 1 Kansas gets big test against No. 17 Villanova

Big East

What New Deal With MSG Means For The Big East | Forbes
By extending its contract with Madison Square Garden through 2028, the Big East was able to fend off advances to MSG from other power basketball conferences.

Major Conference Hints Expansion Could Be Coming | The Spun
The Big East’s commissioner, Val Ackerman, said this weekend that future expansion could be on the table for the 10-team conference.

Villanova Basketball

5 college basketball teams who have overcome early struggles and found their groove |
Villanova has ripped off six straight wins since a 2-2 start. Here's a closer look at the Wildcats and four more teams that have come a long way since the beginning of the season.

High school basketball powers IMG Academy, Montverde Academy shine at ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest | MaxPreps
MaxPreps News - IMG Academy and Montverde Academy pick up a pair of statement wins while top prospects Anthony Edwards, Jalen Johnson and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl shine.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few clarifies his national champions ‘who do it right’ postgame comment | SWX Right Now
Gonzaga coach Mark Few stands by his comments Sunday that he’s disappointed the NCAA hasn’t moved faster with its investigation into college basketball corruption. But the Zags coach was adamant about clarifying one of his remarks in a Yahoo! article.

Graham Couch AP Top 25 ballot: Why Duke, Kansas, Tennessee aren't in | Lansing State Journal
So much in college hoops is revealed on the road. After a month of the season, there's no excuse to not have played a road game.