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The Sun’s Arizin: Villanova News & Links for October 24th

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Saturday Links... and there a ton of them. A number of NBA teams seem to find value at selecting Saddiq Bey in the low-teens of the NBA Draft... oh, and re-watch Villanova’s 2009 Championship Football game on Saturday afternoon.

Villanova Hoops

The 2020-21 Big East Men’s Basketball Team Previews! | Anonymous Eagle
All ten — yes, ten! — non-Marquette squad previews are all right here in one spot for you.

Jay Wright Leads Villanova Through Coronavirus, Early Injuries | NBC10 Philadelphia
Villanova coach Jay Wright says it’s 50-50 the college basketball season can make it without cancellations or severe disruptions.

10 college basketball players primed for breakout seasons in 2020-21 |
These are 10 men's college basketball players who can make the leap and become stars in the 2020-21 season, ranked by's Andy Katz. Villanova's JRE comes in at NUMBER 2!

Support VU Hoops: Up to 60% off of Villanova fan gear (and other teams’) this weekend!

Despite Villanova's coronavirus scare, Jay Wright finding positives in preseason adversity |
Jay Wright thinks the odds are “50-50” that his Villanova Wildcats will get in 25 games this season, let alone the full complement of 27 allowed by the NCAA.

Wright leads Villanova through COVID-19, early injuries | NBC Sports
An avid sports fan, Villanova coach Jay Wright watched with interest how MLB muddled through its season to get to the World Series and college football and the NFL have been challenged to piecemeal schedules to complete a season.

Why Mohegan Sun will be the hub of college basketball this winter | The Boston Globe
About 35 teams from more than a dozen conferences will participate at what is being dubbed “Bubbleville” between Nov. 25 and Dec. 5, with up to seven games per day. Villanova will play in the Empire Classic at Mohegan Sun on Nov 25-26.

‘He’s the total package’: What coaches think of Villanova guard Caleb Daniels | The Athletic
Current and former AAC coaches describe Daniels' game, how he's improved, how they expect him to do at Villanova and more.

Best games from 2019-20 season – Butler vs. Villanova | Busting Brackets
Continuing our series with the 10th best game of the 2019-20 NCAA Basketball season, the wild Big East battle between Butler and Villanova.

Jay Wright hopes Wildcats, promising soph Bryan Antoine, can make up for summer lost to pandemic | Sporting News
We have seen enough over the past decade to recognize Villanova’s players value hard work and preparation, but more than ever they are appreciating the chance to prepare for the 2020-21 college basketball season. Especially sophomore Bryan Antoine.

Saddiq Bey & the NBA

Could Warriors target Saddiq Bey if they trade back in NBA draft? |
In the lead-up to the NBA draft, The Chronicle is analyzing players the Warriors could consider taking with the No. 2 pick. Up now: Villanova forward Saddiq Bey.

Could Saddiq Bey be the next Villanova alum to thrive with the Warriors? |
According to multiple league sources, the Warriors would strongly consider Villanova forward Saddiq Bey if they trade down from No. 2 to in the NBA draft to a spot in the mid- to late-lottery range.

2020 NBA Draft Profile: Saddiq Bey | Washington Wizards
A native of the DMV area, specifically Sidwell Friends School for high school, Bey enters the draft after a massive leap from his freshman to sophomore seasons.

2020 draft profiles: lottery wings who could fit the Celtics | CelticsBlog
With Boston sitting at #14, adding another shooter or strong-bodied wing would add to their positional versatility.

Villanova University

Villanova to Send Private Ethereum Blockchain Into Space to Test Inter-Satellite Communication | CoinDesk
Designed as an experiment to see if blockchains can help artificial satellites exchange data with one another, the project is slated for liftoff on Nov. 20.

Villanova professor criticizes Amy Coney Barrett for her faith | Campus Reform
A theology professor at Villanova University is critical of Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barret’s Catholic faith, asserting that the Senate Judiciary Committee would have been right to question her on these grounds.

Villanova Football

Re-Watch the 2009 NCAA Championship Football Game!

College Basketball

Pre-Order John Gassaway’s Miracles on the Hardwood: The Hope-and-a-Prayer Story of a Winning Tradition in Catholic College Basketball

The David vs. Goliath rise of Catholic college basketball, from Villanova to Georgetown to Gonzaga, where small Catholic schools perennially shoot past the big power conference programs.

How does Seton Hall stack up with the rest of the Big East? - The Setonian
For the Seton Hall men’s basketball team, the 2020-21 season promises to be yet another competitive battle across Big East conference play and a shot at making the NCAA Tournament for a fifth consecutive year.

Arizona basketball expected to receive NCAA corruption allegations | Sports Illustrated
The University of Arizona is expected to receive a formal Notice of Allegations on Thursday from the NCAA about its men’s basketball program, sources told Sports Illustrated.

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