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The Cats have one game left to fully reclaim their crown.

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! HERE ARE YOUR 2019 BIG EAST (CO?) CHAMPIONS, THE VILLANOVA WILDCATS!!! Seton Hall’s come from behind victory (or Marquette’s collapse depending on how you want to look at it) clinched at least a share of the Big East Title for the Wildcats yesterday. Our good friend Chris Lane did a quick writeup on it last night if you’re looking for more details. Here on the Arizin, we’re in a bit of a rush this morning so it’s straight to the links!

In other “news”, Nova Class of 19 commits are playing their last few high school games, Villanova should start selling seasoned “Bey” fries, and we should all learn to love the three. Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

Villanova freshman Saddiq Bey shows he was ready for big-time college basketball | The Inquirer
Bey was the last freshman to commit to the 2018-19 Wildcats but has proven he can play at the college level. He averages 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Top NCAA Tournament Cinderella Stories | Yahoo!
It wouldn’t be March Madness without the upsets. But the real madness happens when a team stacks an upset on top of upset on top of upset, and so on. Suddenly a team you’ve never heard of is knocking off the No. 1 team in the nation and you can’t take your eyes off them. Nothing beats a great Cinderella run in the NCAA tournament, so let’s rank the best ones of all time.

Class of 2019

The Two River Times | Ranney Wins Second Straight Shore Conference Championship
The line snaked around the Ocean First arena on the campus of Monmouth University, all the way to the already filled parking lot. Basketball fans came early to make sure they got a seat to see the Ranney hoops show one more time in the Shore Conference.

Wildwood Catholic boys basketball takes N.J.'s top team to limit but loses | pressofatlanticcity.com
JACKSON TOWNSHIP — After nearly pulling off the upset of the season, the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team could console itself with one thought Wednesday night.

PIAA Boys Basketball Previews: Scouting the competition ahead of the weekend's opening rounds | cumberlink.com
3-6 Cumberland Valley vs. 1-1 Abington and Eric Dixon

Big East

Marquette vs. Seton Hall score: Pirates end game on 18-0 run, upset No. 16 Golden Eagles | CBSSports.com
Pirates pad NCAA Tournament resume with huge Big East win

College basketball conference tournament schedule: Everything you need to know for championship week | NBC Sports
Everything you need to know about conference championship week.

College Basketball

March Madness 2019: Each title contender's biggest flaw that could prevent them from winning NCAA Tournament | CBSSports.com
These teams may be favorites in March, but they all have shortcomings that could prevent glory

Naismith Trophy announces 10 semifinalists for men's college basketball player of the year | NCAA.com
With four players looking to win the first Citizen Naismith Trophy for their schools and a record six juniors selected, the Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced the 10 semifinalists vying for the honor of Men’s Player of the Year.

There's one NCAA bracket pick more important than all the rest. It's not even close. | NCAA.com
If you had picked the first 62 games of the 2018 NCAA tournament correctly, but chose Michigan to beat Villanova in the title match, you would have gotten more correct picks than anyone in the history of the NCAA tournament… and lost the Bracket Challenge Game.

Stop Worrying and Love the Three | College and Magnolia
Once, Antoine Walker was asked why he shot so many threes, and his response "because there aren’t any fours," is the single greatest basketball quote of all time.

Bubbles and Brackets

Bubble Banter: Seton Hall’s huge win, devastating losses for N.C. State, Florida, Ohio State | NBC Sports
Everything you need to know to get caught up on a wild night on the bubble.

NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch Teams and Bracketology Predictions | theduel
2019 NCAA Tournament bubble teams, first four teams out, last four teams out and bracketogy predictions.

March Madness: Bubble teams' updated at-large bid chances | SI.com
By our math, there are about 16 spots in the NCAA tournament field still up for grabs among the remaining at-large teams. Who needs the most help?

10 teams on the bubble heading into conference tournaments | Yardbarker.com
March Madness is right around the corner. Before that, though, there is the matter of conference tournaments. For some teams, this is perfunctory. They have already punched their tickets to the tourney. Other teams aren’t so lucky.

College Basketball Bracketology Seed List For Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Blogging the Bracket
If Zion Williamson doesn’t return soon, Duke’s No. 1 seed is in peril. Plus, we have two new at-large teams and some serious shuffling near the cut line.