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Villanova Basketball prepares for final home game against Butler

Nova’s last home game of the season is this Saturday in Philly

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Happy Friday Nova Nation! It’s the busiest day of the month for yours truly, so it’s going to be quick and dirty with the links. The big news of the day is still the aftermath of Big Game Jermaine’s breakout and Nova giving itself a chance at a share of the Big East Championship. A big part of that means winning out, and that starts this weekend with Butler at the Wells Fargo Center. I’ll be there and hope to see you all for the final home game of the season.

In other “news”, Nova Men’s Lacrosse takes on Delaware, lots of NBA updates, and an interesting conversation with Nova great Tim Thomas. Enjoy!

Villanova defeats Marquette

Villanova puts together a late run to beat Marquette | The Inquirer
The Wildcats trailed by five with a little more than five minutes to play, but Marquette scored only one point the rest of the way.

College basketball rankings: Marquette, No. 10 in Top 25 And 1, still projected to win Big East even after loss at Villanova |
Marquette is one game ahead of the reigning national champs in the loss column of the league standings

Jermaine Samuels scores 29 points as Villanova snaps losing streak with win over No. 10 Marquette | NBC Sports Philadelphia
Jermaine Samuels scored a career-high 29 points Wednesday night to help Villanova snap its three-game losing streak with a 67-61 win over Marquette.

Villanova's Jermaine Samuels stuns Marquette with big game | Journal Sentinel
A scoring duel between Marquette's Markus Howard and Villanova's Jermaine Samuels probably wasn't to be expected.

Villanova Upends No. 10 Marquette |
Jermaine Samuels scored a career-high 29 points as Villanova downed Marquette, 67-61, Wednesday night in the team’s final game in the Finneran Pavilion this season. The win snapped a three

Villanova Basketball

Villanova’s Jermaine Samuels might be just what the Wildcats have been missing | Mike Sielski
His 29-point breakout game against Marquette gave 'Nova another option besides Phil Booth and Eric Paschall.

Most Quadrant 1 Wins on Team Sheets (Feb. 28): Tennessee, Villanova Get Wins | HERO Sports
Villanova is one of 21 teams with at least four Quadrant 1 wins on their NCAA Team Sheet.

Nova looks to sweep Butler | Tacoma News Tribune
Villanova goes for the season sweep over Butler after winning the previous matchup in Indianapolis.

Class of 2019

Abington's Eric Dixon headed for Villanova |
Dixon is the newest member of Abington's 1,000 point club. And the only member of Abington's 2000 point club.

Villanova Basketball Adjacent

Villanova Basketball: Tim Thomas Says He Was Scammed In High School |
Villanova Wildcats alum and retired NBA player, Tim Thomas tells Scoop B Radio Podcast's Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson that he was scammed in high school.

5 Coaches the Cavs Should Consider Hiring for Next Season | Cavaliers Nation
Here are five coaching candidates the Cleveland Cavaliers should consider for the 2019-20 NBA season. Take a WILD guess who #5 is, then start laughing.

College lacrosse: Watch No. 11 Villanova vs. Delaware on CBS Sports Digital |
Delaware has been red-hot to start the season

NBA Wildcats

2019 NBA Draft: Updated Big Board Entering March | Bleacher Report
After an important month of scouting heading into March, significant changes have been made to Bleacher Report's 2019 NBA draft big board. While the No...

Phoenix Suns: Mikal Bridges needs to be a permanent starter | Valley of the Suns
Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges has recently been taken out of the starting lineup, a mistake by Igor Kokoskov which must be fixed immediately.

Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson sets new career-high against Pacers | The Smoking Cuban
Dallas Mavericks rookie Jalen Brunson drew a start against the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 27 and dropped a new career-high 24 points in the victory.

Bulls Q&A: Should Ryan Arcidiacono start over Kris Dunn? Are players better understanding Jim Boylen? | Chicago Tribune
Lauri Markkanen is putting up 20-point, nine-rebound games like they are going out of style, Zach LaVine is playing at a high level and Otto Porter Jr. is stabilizing the Bulls at both ends. Perhaps all this strong play is why fewer questions were submitted this week?

Milwaukee Bucks Daily: The latest update on rookie Donte DiVincenzo | Behind the Buck Pass
In today's edition of Milwaukee Bucks Daily, we get the latest update on the progress of sidelined Bucks rookie combo guard Donte DiVincenzo.

Bubbles and Brackets

College Basketball Bracketology Seed List For Thursday, February 28, 2019 | Blogging the Bracket
We have one new at-large entrant in February’s final projection—Clemson

March Madness bracket: Duke loses overall 1 seed to Virginia |
As it continues to play without Zion Williamson, Duke has lost its spot atop our projected NCAA tournament bracket. Who else was impacted in our midweek update?

Odds for CBB Bubble Teams Making the 2019 NCAA Tournament Entering March | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Bubble teams across the country keep blowing opportunities to prove they belong in the 2019 NCAA men's basketball tournament, but the field has to get to 68 teams somehow...

NCAA tournament Bubble Watch: Are mid-majors going to get hosed? | ESPN
Here's your updated source for all the latest on the NCAA tournament bubble.

Bracketology: Is there even a bubble? | isportsweb
Do mid-majors have a chance at an at-large this year? If not, will there be any bubble drama at all?