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Villanova Basketball’s Josh Hart Attends Chelsea Home Opener

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Hart got to root on his favorite team while overseas.

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Happy Monday Nova Nation! For those of you soccer fans out there, Josh Hart got to live out the dream of any sports fan by getting to hang out with his favorite team at their home opener this weekend.

Hart’s enjoying some R&R as he prepares for another rigorous NBA season with his new Pelicans franchise. But one of the benefits of the NBA offseason is that it coincides with the start of England’s Premier League, and Hart’s favorite team Chelsea F.C. The Blues are off to a slow start, and Hart was on hand for a 1-1 draw. But still, it’s an experience few fans ever get, and it’s fun to see when athletes become fans too.

In other “news”, Villanova prepares to open its new Commons, Football gets new lights with the season soon approaching, and updated odds for Villanova to win the National Championship. Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

Underrating Villanova, a sleeper in Alabama: College Basketball Mailbag, Part III | The Athletic ($)
Lots of questions about the SEC and what mid-major team will make a move? And Villanova is missing the senior leadership they usually have.

Recruiting

Big East Recruiting Offer Tracker Update (August 16): The Mid-August Review | Big East Coast Bias
Xavier’s looking really good with its Class of 2020 recruiting.

NBA Wildcats

Christian Pulisic Welcomes Pelicans Josh Hart to Chelsea Home Opener | The Sports Bank
Christian Pulisic welcomed New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Josh Hart to Stamford Bridge today for the Blues home opener

Jaxson Hayes And Josh Hart Ready To Run With New Orleans Pelicans Opportunity | Forbes
The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Jaxson Hayes and acquired Josh Hart in the Anthony Davis trade. Both have embraced the opportunity of winning with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Pelicans news: Josh Hart argues Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo | Clutch Points
New Orleans Pelicans talent believes FC Barcelona's own Lionel Messi takes that title of best player over Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo.

Villanova Football

Colgate Raiders bring FCS Playoff experience into highly anticipated 2019 season | WSTM
There's another college football team in Central New York -- and it's not the Syracuse Orange. Dan Hunt has something special brewing in Hamilton, as the Colgate Raiders return with something to prove in 2019. The Colgate football program took a major step forward in 2018, earning a bid to the FCS Playoffs and even winning its opening round game over James Madison. However, that's when the Raiders ran into North Dakota State, an absolute powerhouse at the FCS level.

NFL Wildcats

Breeland Speaks, Kpassagnon benefit from Chiefs’ new defense | The Kansas City Star
Thanks to a move to Steve Spagnuolo’s defense, both Breeland Speaks and Tanoh Kpassagnon are beginning to flourish on the defensive line.

Villanova Athletics

Villanova recruit Gretz leads high-powered Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer | Trib HSSN
As Bri Guy becomes more acquainted and comfortable with her new team and players, the rookie coach continues to see a skilled group that can be a title-contender if it simply stays the course.

Villanova University

Villanova’s $225 million residential complex opens this month | Philadelphia Inquirer
More than eight years in the making, the 425,000 square foot complex includes apartment style rooms for more than 1,000 upperclassmen, a restaurant - the university's first - a gym and tech center.

Villanova University touts new stadium lights | Mainlinesuburbanlife
RADNOR — Villanova University officials hope to have new stadium lights installed by Sept. 7, in time for its first home football game against Lehigh University.

College Basketball

Memphis (+1000) Officially Has Better March Madness Odds Than Virginia, UNC, Villanova & Gonzaga | Sports Betting Dime
Memphis has the fourth shortest average odds to win March Madness after compiling the Nation's number one recruiting class in 2019.