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Monday’s Arizin: Villanova men’s, women’s basketball continue to roll (Dec. 21)

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Roll ‘Cats!

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After a 20-point beatdown of St. Joe’s by the Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team over the weekend, the are-they-or-aren’t-they our true rival debate may continue, there’s one point that isn’t up for contention: it’s a great time to be a Villanova Basketball fan.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding sports and the scheduling chaos that ensues nearly every week, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are succeeding on the court.

The men’s team is now 7-1 and sitting nicely in the AP top 10.

However, let’s take a moment to appreciate the women’s basketball team. The Lady ‘Cats are 7-0 and despite a COVID-related postponement last week, that didn’t seem to slow them down when they returned to the court on Saturday, as they remained undefeated with a win over Creighton.

Sophomore sensation Maddy Siegrist continues to feast on the basketball court. She’s averaging 24.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. Siegrist had one of her best showings yet against the Bluejays where she racked up 34 points and 19 rebounds.

It’s far from a one-woman band, with senior Brianna Herlihy averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Sarah Mortensen was playing well, but had to miss the last couple of games with an injury. Senior Raven James and sophomore Brooke Mullin have filled out the rest of the starting lineup well, and freshmen Bella Runyan and Lior Garzon are playing nicely as first-year players.

The Lady ‘Cats do have a tall task ahead of them on Tuesday though, when they face off against No. 3 UConn.

And now, the “news”:

Not The Masked Singer, but a masked star leads Villanova over St. Joseph’s | Philadelphia Inquirer
Villanova won its ninth straight against the Hawks, behind a big performance from Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.

Villanova Tallies 73-68 Home Win Over the Creighton Bluejays | Villanova University Athletics
MADDY BUCKETS. Maddy Siegrist was at it again with a 34-point, 19-rebound double-double to help the ‘Cats improve to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Big East play.

Should LeBron James Be Suspended For Dirty Mikal Bridges Play? (Video) | Game 7
Midway through the first quarter Mikal Bridges blew past LeBron James for an easy lay-up, but appeared to be undercut by the Lakers star.

St. John’s agrees to postpone game against Villanova | New York Post
St. John’s and Villanova players, who have been on campus since the end of July, will get a few days to go home for the holidays.

Dan Hurley, veteran of 'the real Big East,' is impressed by this year's version of the conference | New Haven Register
After an exciting slate of Big East games on Sunday, Hurley has been impressed by what he's seen from being in the Big East so far.

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Mavs' Jalen Brunson wears 'Luka's Son' Cowboys jersey after losing FIFA bet to All-Star teammate | CBSSports.com
Brunson, a long time Eagles fan, showed up in the Cowboys jersey Thursday night

College basketball rankings: Gonzaga is firmly entrenched at top of rankings after passing test vs. No. 3 Iowa | CBSSports.com
After putting their No. 1 ranking on the line vs. the Hawkeyes, the Zags could be at the top of the CBS Sports' Top 25 And 1 for a while.