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Villanova Basketball prepares for Hoops Mania and the Blue/White Scrimmage

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Two big events coming up this week for the Wildcats.

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Happy Friday Nova Nation! We got an update on next week’s Thursday night Blue/White scrimmage on twitter last night that’s important if you plan on attending:

Villanova is asking you to RSVP if you plan to attend the scrimmage. You can sign up here. The annual Blue/White Scrimmage will take place on Thursday, October 10th, at 7PM ET in the Finneran Pavilion.

This will technically be the second look at this year’s squad following Saturday’s Hoops Mania. The campus should be a buzz this weekend with students, fans, and recruits. It’s the biggest on campus recruiting event of the season, and this year the school is bringing back a big entertainer.

It should be a great week for the public kick-off to the 2019-2020 season, so be sure to get to one or both of these events!

In other “news”, Villanova Football’s Justin Covington is the country’s top running back, lots of action this weekend for Villanova Athletics, and more states are following California’s lead to get college players paid. Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

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Christian Dawkins sentenced to a year and a day in prison | NBC Sports
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