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Friday’s Arizin: Holy War is back on (Dec. 18)

It’s not Virginia, but it is a game.

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Cheers to the weekend!

The Villanova Wildcats have found a replacement, the Saint Joseph Hawks. The team announced the scheduling change on Thursday afternoon. They were originally supposed to play each other in Bubbleville, but those plans fell through.

They will face off at Finneran Pavilion on Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET. It is the replacement for the previously scheduled Virginia game that was supposed to take place at Madison Square Garden.

Now, the “news”:

Villanova-St. Joseph’s is a win for Philly fans, even if it took a schedule loss for the Wildcats | Philadelphia Inquirer
Fans of both schools can get a little excited, and fans of other Big 5 schools not currently on Villanova’s schedules can yawn and look away, but it’s more about getting games in when possible, and the 7.2 miles between the two campuses makes this one completely logical.

How City Six schools and Tier 1 personnel members are operating to maintain safety | Philadelphia Inquirer
The average fan only sees when players and coaches test positive or negative, but the process is much deeper and longer. It’s a day-to-day battle that involves several lines of communications to ensure player safety and lots of careful movement.

Wildcats to host St. Joseph’s Saturday night | Villanova University Athletics
The game will air nationally on Fox Sports 1.

Virginia adds matchup with No. 1 Gonzaga after cancelling against No. 7 Villanova | Washington Post
The one that got away...

Senators introduce ‘College Athletes Bill of Rights’ that could reshape NCAA | USA TODAY
The 61-page piece of legislation, named the “College Athletes Bill of Rights,” would go far beyond other recently introduced bills largely aimed at improving athletes’ ability to make money from their names, images and likenesses (NIL).

2021 Way-Too-Soon Top 50 Draft Board | Bleacher Report
It’s never too early to talk about next year’s NBA Draft!