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Happy Friday Nova Nation! I’m ready to get a start on the weekend, so links are on time this morning. And good thing too, as some of your National Champion Villanova Wildcats will be on hand this morning on Wall Street to ring the NASDAQ bell to open trading.

But more importantly, the Wildcats will again be lavished with awards on Monday night at the Big 5 Award Banquet. Villanova swept the city series for a 5th consecutive season, and this year they’ve done the same with the Big 5 Awards. Not only have they won all of the major awards, they also snagged four of the five First Team All-Big 5 spots.

It’s good to be the king.

In other “news”: Lewis and Antoine are in high demand, the Knicks probably aren’t getting Jay Wright, yet another NBA mock draft, Villanova Football is awesome, Kansas says they didn’t do it, and Nova uses science on a baseball. Enjoy!

Brunson Leads List of Wildcats Big 5 Award Winners | Villanova.com
The Philadelphia Big Five has announced its 2017-18 award winners ahead of Monday night's banquet at the Palestra and the list includes ample Villanova representation.

NCAA Champion Villanova Wildcats to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell | Nasdaq
Eric Paschall and Phil Booth are heading to the big apple.

John Calipari to visit Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine | A Sea Of Blue
The possible package deal duo are getting a visit from John Calipari. Jay Wright will get the final visit.

The Knicks are reportedly interested in Villanova's Jay Wright, but that seems like an unlikely partnership | CBSSports.com
Based on Wright's recent remarks about the NBA, don't expect him to leave Villanova.

NBA mock draft 2018: Phoenix Suns should choose Luka Doncic at No. 1 | SBNation.com
The regular season is finally over. It’s time for a new mock draft.

Final Football Open Practice | Villanova.com
Nova Nation, join Villanova Football at Villanova Stadium on Friday, April 20 for their final spring practice. Practice will begin at 6:30PM. Nova Nation, join Villanova Football at Villanova Stadium on Friday, April 20 for their final spring practice. Practice will begin at 6:30PM

Guardian of KU freshman De Sousa: 'We did not take any money' | CJOnline.com
LAWRENCE (TNS) — The guardian of Kansas freshman Silvio De Sousa denied receiving payments that were referenced in new court documents filed Tuesday in the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball bribery."He did not take any money. We did not take any money," Fenny Falmagne told The Star by phone Tuesday night after sending a statement by text message."The kids and I never took money from anyone. This is bigger than basketball.

Why It's Almost Impossible for Fastballs to Get Any Faster | WIRED
Advances have fueled a dramatic upward trend in world-record athletic performances, but the baseball pitch is stuck. The reason is physics. Villanova's Engineering School with the Baseball team are working to find solutions.