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Phil Booth is the key man for Villanova in the NCAA Tournament

The team has looked excellent since Booth has fully rejoined the rotation.

Huuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaay! Apologies for ghosting the Arizin yesterday but I had some travel trouble that screwed with my plans and had me getting home at nearly 2am. Fun times.

Loaded links today because of that, though!

And now, the “news.”

Phil Booth's leadership and experience a key for Villanova |
Booth is back to almost 100 percent as he returns to the NCAA tournament this week for the first time since he scored 20 points in the 2016 national championship game.

Kyle Neptune, Villanova coaches burning midnight oil ahead of Big Dance |
Kyle Neptune had the look of an assistant coach Monday. One who had spent Sunday night on the recruiting trail and most of Monday scouring over video of LIU-Brooklyn, one of the two teams that top-seeded Villanova could face Thursday.

Villanova walk-on Leibig ‘pretty cool’ with being part of the party |
Tom Leibig turned down DII and DIII offers for the Villanova brotherhood.

Villanova's 'Piccolo Girl' not returning to Pittsburgh for NCAA tournament |
Catching up with Roxanne Chalifoux, who became a viral video star when the Wildcats lost in Pittsburgh in 2015.

East Region: Villanova couldn’t have drawn this up better | New York Post
Villanova’s road to San Antonio is clear.

Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats are really hungry heading into NCAA tournament |
Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis talk with Big East Conference Champion coach Jay Wright about the excitement his team is feeling heading into the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

No. 1 Villanova, favorites to win the NCAA Tournament, gearing up for another long March | PhillyVoice
The Villanova alums and various supporters that packed into the Connelly Center broke out into an awkward, nervous collective laugh on Sunday evening when Wildcats’ junior Mikal Bridges jokingly asked the crowd and his teammates, "This is a new season and we’re 0-0 now. What do we have, six games left? That’s what it is, six games? We have six games, let’s make it happen."

Breaking Down Villanova’s Draw and What Makes a Region Strong | The Ringer
Should the Wildcats really be considered a Final Four lock?

Villanova basketball player Jannah Tucker overcame a nightmare and kept playing -
Jannah Tucker, a Baltimore native, survived a domestic violence ordeal that sent her former boyfriend to prison. Now she's asking the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility to play at Villanova.

NBA draft stock watch - Winners and losers before NCAA tournament | ESPN ($)
After scouting the NCAA conference tournaments, here's a close look at some NBA draft position battles that will help determine which prospects go where in the lottery -- and how the shape of this class is changing.

2018 NCAA Tournament: Virginia’s DeAndre Hunter out for season with broken wrist | Streaking The Lawn
Top seeded Hoos take a huge hit with loss of talented redshirt freshman.

Your NCAA bracket is a reverse Turing test |
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BIG EAST and ESL Partner To Host First Ever BIG EAST Esports Invitational Powered by ESL
The BIG EAST Conference and ESL, the world's largest independent esports company, today announced that select BIG EAST Conference schools will participate in an esports pilot program, BIG EAST Esports Invitational Powered by ESL, starting on March 19 with broadcasted finals on April 14-15, 2018.