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Happy Thursday, ‘Nova Nation! I wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to our good friend Josh Verlin. Many of you know Josh from his work at City of Basketball Love and on the local beat for both high school and college hoops. After a hiatus, Josh has brought CoBL back and is looking for support on Patreon.

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And now, the “news.”

Villanova Men’s Basketball

5 Most Impressive Freshman Debuts From 2019 College Basketball Opening Night | Fanduel
The most impressive freshman debuts in 2019 NCAAM basketball include Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Onyeka Okongwu, James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards & Tyrese Maxey.

Ohio State Struggles, but Survives Cincinnati, 64-56 | Sports Illustrated
Buckeyes go first seven minutes without scoring in season opener

The 50 best teams of the 2010s | Yardbarker
Since 2010, we have seen some truly great teams. We have seen dynasties rise and fall. Here are the 50 best teams of the 2010s. 2018 Nova makes the list

Villanova Wildcats good with freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl leading | Clutch Points
Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright isn't known as a man who allows freshmen to get run early, but on Tuesday night, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl...

These are the 13 things we learned during college basketball's first day |
How much can we learn in one night of a college basketball season?'s Mike Lopresti breaks down the biggest takeaways from opening night.

Big East Preseason Profile: Villanova Wildcats | Rumble In The Garden
The Rumble chats with VU Hoops to preview the Wildcats upcoming season.

Eric Paschall

Warriors news: Steve Kerr nails dad joke assuring Jay Wright was right about Eric Paschall | Clutch Points
Warriors coach Steve Kerr nails dad joke while assuring Jay Wright was right about Eric Paschall, which is rather funny given...

The new Warriors, explained by a college basketball fan |
The new players, including Eric Paschall, leading the Warriors all had impressive college pedigrees.

Can Eric Paschall keep on scoring? The Warriors need him to |
With the Warriors’ four most proven offensive options sidelined by injuries, Eric Paschall — the No. 41 pick in June’s NBA Draft out of Villanova — has tested the limits of his offensive arsenal, totaling 59 points over his past two games.

Zaza Pachulia likens Warriors' Eric Paschall to ex-teammate Al Horford | Yahoo! Sports
For his talent and maturity, Eric Paschall is being compared to a five-time All-Star.

4 Players Who Could Win NBA Rookie of the Year With Zion Williamson Injured | 12 UP
With New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson injured, here are four players who could win the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall calls James Harden 'food' after and-1 | NBCS Bay Area
Paschall went right at Harden in the second half, and he learned a valuable lesson after some trash talk.

NBA Wildcats

Phoenix Suns: Mikal Bridges' early sophomore slump won't last | Valley of the Suns
Even though the Phoenix Suns are winning, Mikal Bridges numbers are down this year thus far. Does that mean he is in a sophomore slump? If so, will it last?

Where’s Mikal Bridges? Discovering his focus and comfort level in Year 2 | The Athletic
"It’s tough coming in after the summer and not knowing what your role is going to be and just trying to figure things out," Bridges said.

Milwaukee Bucks' Donte DiVincenzo thriving with regular minutes | Fox Sports
Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo is establishing himself as a valuable member of the rotation. More in the Midweek Stock Report

Villanova Women’s Basketball

Women's Big East Preview | The Georgetown Voice
Villanova graduated three key seniors, but their biggest loss this season is guard Kelly Jekot, one of the Wildcats’s best offensive options last season, due to injury.

VILLANOVA, PA. – In the 2019-20 season opener on Wednesday night, the Villanova Wildcats fell to the George Washington Colonials by a score of 68-56.

Villanova Football

Villanova quarterback Smith garners national recognition |
Villanova quarterback Daniel Smith picked up some national recognition Wednesday.

Villanova, Richmond Enter Saturday's Matchup On Opposing Trajectories | FloFootball
After a rough start, Richmond has bounced back emphatically to grab control of their own destiny within the CAA race.

FCS: B-Mac's Reaction To FCS Playoff Committee's Initial Ranking | HERO Sports
HERO Sports' Brian McLaughlin takes a hard look at Wednesday night's release of the first FCS Playoff Committee reveal of their Top 10, with 18 days to go until FCS Selection Sunday (Nov. 24).

CHICAGO, Ill. -- On Wednesday, Nov. 6, 16 players were added to the watch list of the 2019 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award, which is named for the legendary Hall of

Villanova Athletics

Georgetown Men, Villanova Women Pick Up Victories In Dual | Swim Swam
Drew Carbone swept the backstroke events as the Georgetown men walked away with a 175-125 victory over Villanova on Saturday.

Seton Hall loses to Villanova, misses out on postseason | The Setonian
The Seton Hall men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker tonight 1-0 to the visiting Villanova Wildcats, conceding a set piece goal in the 54th minute to Villanova’s Shane Bradley.

Athlete of the Week: Trevor Ciampoli, Multisport Athlete |
Trevor Ciampoli is a Special Olympics athlete from Montgomery County who participates in long-distance running, track and field and floor hockey. This past weekend, Trevor received bronze medals at the

Club Sport Spotlight: "Brush Up" on Curling |
“Why?”: That is the one question all my family and friends asked me when I told them I was working on an article about the curling club. Honestly, I didn’t

Wildcats Wrap Up Season With 1-0 Win at Seton Hall | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova concluded its season with a 1-0 win at Seton Hall Wednesday night.

Decker named Student-Athlete of the Month pres. by The Rothman Institute. | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova, Pa. - Villanova volleyball's Emma Decker was named the Student Athlete of the Month presented by The Rothman Institute for her October performance both

Villanova Alumni

Bill Melchionni is back in Philly, this time for his Hall of Fame induction | Philadelphia Inquirer
The three-time ABA all-star and Villanova Alumn will be one of 15 individuals inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday.

A ‘life-changing epiphany’ led her to quit teaching in Philly and start decorating | Philadelphia Inquirer
She counts former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler among her clients.

NCAA Hit With Another Lawsuit Seeking Pay for Athlete’s Play | Bloomberg Law
Ralph “Trey” Johnson, who played collegiate football at Villanova University before going pro, sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association and about two-dozen universities that are either located in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania or compete against schools there.

Villanova Adjacent

City of Basketball Love is creating Philly-area basketball coverage | Patreon
Become a patron of City of Basketball Love today and support our mainest man Josh.

NBA: Omari Spellman’s 6’3″ Debutante Sister Playing Michigan State Basketball | 2 Paragraphs
When not playing for the NBA Golden State Warriors, Omari Spellman is cheering on his debutante sister Taiyier "TT" Parks, a 6'3" freshman playing women's basketball for the Michigan State Spartans.