Happy Valentine’s Day, ‘Nova Nation! While Phil Booth will always be mine (no, you can’t have him even for a second), I’m willing to open a little room in my heart for Jahvon Quinerly today.
I’m not really a fan of the media-at-large spoiling a kid’s big moment, but there is some good background detail on his recruitment for those of you inclined to learn a bit more about what’s been going on behind the scenes.
And now, the “news.”
Jahvon Quinerly to commit to Villanova on Wednesday | Yahoo! Sports
Quinerly is considered one of the country's best point guards, but he's ensnared in the pending federal basketball corruption case.
Recruiting Notebook: Villanova set to land its point guard | The Athletic
After recently getting the go-ahead from its compliance office, Villanova got back in with Quinerly. It was a classic conundrum of recruiting a top-25 prospect with significant drama or a top-50 prospect with no red flags. In the end, Villanova opted to pursue the more talented player.
Villanova's NCAA life hinges on its defense | City Six Observations | Philly.com
Statistical history shows you need a top defense to win an NCAA hoops title. The Wildcats rank 48th by one measurement.
Big East Notebook: Can the conference hold on to two No. 1 seeds? | The Athletic
A lot seems to be riding on Saturday's big game.
KenPom: Decline in fouls, free throws among most striking trends | The Athletic
Last October I identified five trends worth watching this season. There was a lot of low-hanging fruit in there, and most of the trends have held up.
The most important thing in every conference as the regular season draws to a close and March approaches | ESPN
Trae Young's sudden struggles is the biggest question in the Big 12. In the SEC, it's a daily struggle for Kentucky. As March approaches, each league has some big things to figure out over the next two weeks. Villanova's losses can be traced to Omari Spellman? Slow your roll Mr. Medcalf.