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Happy Monday Nova Nation! It’s been a little busy this quarantine season, but that’s no reason for all of us to rest on our laurels. In fact, thanks to strength coach John Shackleton we all have a great reason to get in shape!

That’s right, you too can get Shack Fit! No, this probably won’t have the same results as if you were playing basketball everyday, working out every day, and having your diet monitored by a trained professional. But still, if this program can deliver a percentage of the results we’ve seen in Villanova Basketball players, then it’s sure worth giving a trial run!

In other “news”... There are a lot of links :)

Villanova Men’s Basketball

A March without basketball is surreal yet 'humbling' experience for Villanova's Jay Wright |
Jay Wright is a basketball coach, and a successful one.

2021 college basketball national title odds: Usual suspects favored | New York Daily News
We may not have gotten a college basketball national champion this year, but William Hill already has odds posted for next season.

Wright Reflects on Recent Events and End of 2019-20 Season | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova answered questions from the media on Wednesday afternoon.

March Sadness with Jay Wright and Tom Izzo Edition | ESPN
The World's Greatest Podcast talks to Jay Wright (13:34) and Tom Izzo (33:42) about where they were when the conference and NCAA tournaments canceled, how their teams reacted, what's next for their programs, what they've been up to while practicing social distancing and their favorite college basketball players.

The best players to wear every jersey number in college basketball history | The Athletic
From No. 0 to 55, who we think was the best player to wear each jersey number. Jalen Brunson is the #1 #1.


Max Christie, No. 1 Shooting Guard Recruit, Updates Timeline | College SPUN
Max Christie is the No. 1 ranked shooting guard in the country, and the No. 1 recruit out of Illinois, a college hoops hotbed.

Boys basketball: Meet the 2020 first-team Super-Staters and the courts that honed their skills |
Hunter Sallis shot at the YMCA with his mom. Chucky Hepburn went to the Bryant Center. Meet the top Super-Staters, and learn their basketball roots. Donovan Williams is on Villanova's radar.

2020 NBA Draft

Drafting Villanova's Saddiq Bey could reverse bad trend for Sixers | NBC Sports Philadelphia
With the Sixers potentially having the 21st pick in the NBA draft, selecting Villanova standout Saddiq Bey would reverse a troubling trend. By Sean Kane

Former Blue Devil Jordan Tucker Declares For Draft | SI
Former Blue Devil Jordan Tucker has declared for the NBA Draft after spending two seasons with Butler. Read more

DePaul forward Paul Reed declares for the NBA Draft | WGN-TV
CHICAGO – When it comes to the 2019-2020 college basketball season, his performance ended up being one of the last great ones that fans got to see. Late on Wednesday, March 11th, Paul Reed came through with another strong performance for DePaul in the team’s opening game of the Big East Tournament against Xavier. The […]

Drafting Blind | Bleacher Report
This year's NBA draft was already going to be a crapshoot, but now, without college basketball or European postseasons to scout and the league in shutdown, teams are guessing more than ever.

Denver Nuggets Draft Watch: Before the Madness | NewsLagoon
Saddiq Bey may be exactly the type of player the Denver Nuggets will be searching for coming draft time.

2020 NBA Mock Draft: LaMelo Ball is the No. 1 overall pick, goes higher than brother Lonzo Ball did |
LaMelo Ball rises up and is taken by the Warriors at No. 1 in Gary Parrish's latest mock draft

Georgetown's Mac McClung to test draft waters | ESPN
Georgetown sophomore Mac McClung is entering the 2020 NBA draft, he announced on Sunday.

St John's wing LJ Figueroa declares for NBA draft | ESPN
St. John's wing LJ Figueroa has declared for the NBA draft.

NBA Wildcats

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall names his all-time favorite NBA players | Warriors Wire
In a Q&A during the coronavirus hiatus, Warriors rookie Eric Paschall dropped his all-time favorite player list on social media.

Philadelphia 76ers: Mikal Bridges, Matisse Thybulle should be teammates | Section 215
As Matisse Thybulle and Mikal Bridges prepare to compete in a virtual Philadelphia 76ers game, that's worth revisiting the trade that prevented the pairing.

Player breakdowns: The ‘Bench Mob’ it’s not - the Bulls’ backup guards | Chicago Sun-Times
With the NBA season still up in the air, the Sun-Times will look at each Bulls player, the season they had, and the upcoming seasons they could have, with the Bulls or elsewhere. Next up is the backcourt reserves.

Mavericks: Jalen Brunson is providing entertainment for fans | NewsLagoon
Between streaming video games (more on that in a second), making jokes, and reliving his Villanova days, Brunson has been a gold mine for fans during the hiatus.

Villanova Women’s Basketball

Villanova names Denise Dillon new women’s basketball coach, Amy Mallon takes over at Drexel | The Inquirer
Dillon will return to her alma mater after 17 seasons as Drexel's head coach.

Villanova hires former player Denise Dillon as coach | ESPN
Villanova has hired former player Denise Dillon to replace the retiring Harry Perretta as women's basketball coach.

Wildcats Bring Home Denise Dillon | AKSM Media
With her reputation as a coach and knowledge of Villanova’s tradition as a player, Dillon is the prefect fit to take over for her mentor, Harry Perretta, as the next coach of Villanova’s Women’s basketball program.

Villanova University Announces Denise Dillon As Women’s Basketball Head Coach | Villanova University Athletics
VILLANOVA, Pa.—After a national search for the successor of an all-time coaching legend, Villanova is bringing home one of its own to be just the fifth head coach

Villanova Football

South’s Sapp commits to Villanova |
Christian Sapp lit up highlight reels throughout the fall.The accolades rolled in – Pocono Record Football Player of the Year, All-Eastern Pennsylvania Conference first team on offense, defense and special teams, all-state Class 5A honorable mention by East Stroudsburg South junior, Sapp watched as his on-field dominance and off-field poise was noticed by college coaches.On Thursday, Sapp verbally committed to attend Villanova University .

Coronavirus In Sports: Philadelphia College Football Coaches Finding Silver Lining In Uncertain Times | CBS Philly
There's still about five months until the start of the college football season.

Penn State Loses Guard To Transfer | BT Powerhouse
Former Villanova quarterback Kyle McCloskey is on the move again.

1985 Champs

Villanova vs. Georgetown, 1985: Seven things you didn't know about Wildcats' 'Perfect Game' upset | Sporting News
Villanova’s 66-64 victory over Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA title game remains one of the most famous college basketball games ever played.

Steve Lappas Villanova More Afraid St. Johns Than Georgetown | CBS Sports Radio
Steve Lappas reflects on Villanova's historic 1985 upset of Patrick Ewing and Georgetown

'85 Champs to Live Tweet Title Game Replay | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova's 1984-85 NCAA Champions Will Keep An Eye on Sunday's CBS replay of the championship game

2016 Champs

The amazing, buzzer-beating end to the 2016 NCAA Tournament needs a deep rewind | Villanova vs. UNC - SB Nation
The latest episode in SB Nation's video series takes a deep look back at 'The Shot.'

OU men's basketball: Looking back at Oklahoma's most heartbreaking NCAA Tournament losses |
Huh, wonder what game could be on this list :)

A closer look at Villanova's last-second victory over North Carolina in the 2016 national championship game |
Hall-of-Fame writer Mike Lopresti recounts Villanova's last-second victory over North Carolina in the 2016 national championship game.

March Madness greatest moments: What if these never happened? | Sports Illustrated
What if Gordon Hayward's shot in Butler vs Duke went in? SI looks at the best March Madness 'What If' moments and games in history.

Villanova Athletics

Villanova Women's Lacrosse Alumni Making a Difference in Medical Field | Villanova University Athletics
During this COVID-19 panademic, those in the medical field are working hard to save lives every day. Our women's lacrosse program has many alumni who entered the

Former Villanova athlete Summer Rappaport must wait for her Olympic triathlon opportunity | The Inquirer
She had already punched her ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Games at an Olympic qualifying event last August.

On This Date: March 25, 2012 Villanova Hands Syracuse Historic 11-10 Defeat | Villanova University Athletics

Made Up Madness

RJ’s What If Tournament: Villanova, Oregon reach Final Four | Las Vegas Review-Journal
Freshman Justin Moore provided the heroics as third-seeded Villanova knocked off No. 1 Baylor 83-82 to win the South Region of the Review-Journal’s What If Tournament.

NCAA Tournament simulation: Michigan advances to Elite Eight after blowout win | Maize n Brew
Down go the Blue Devils, as Villanova becomes America’s team for a night.

San Diego State out, Oregon advances in What If tourney | Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Aztecs’ magical season came to an end Friday in the Review-Journal’s What If Tournament.

College Basketball

College sports will be hit hard, and will not be the same economically after the coronavirus | The Inquirer
The economic climate in college sports that existed pre-coronavirus, even just a month ago, was vastly different than the one that will emerge post-coronavirus.

Coronavirus fallout: College basketball coaches bracing for the big changes coming in recruiting |
College hoops' biggest discussion point now is how the recruiting calendar will look this summer

Coronavirus fallout: The biggest questions, concerns facing college basketball and athletic departments |
There are huge issues with the potential impact COVID-19 will have on college basketball and intercollegiate athletics

The four most memorable Elite Eight games in NCAA Tournament history |
The Elite Eight games of NCAA Tournament play that we will never forget