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Friday’s Arizin: ‘Cats are back in the gym! (Jan. 15)

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The Villanova men’s basketball team is back to practice and appears to be all systems go for its first game against Seton Hall on Tuesday.

Happy Friday!

The Villanova Wildcats might have missed out on four-star class of 2022 guard Corey Floyd Jr., who picked UConn over Villanova and others in his final eight list, but the bigger (and good) news — in case you missed it (somehow) — is that the ‘Cats are back! Villanova returned to its first full-team practice yesterday, and fingers crossed that was the final COVID-related pause for the ‘Cats this year.

The rest of the “news”:

College basketball tiers: How 2021 March contenders stack up | Sports Illustrated
Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Iowa all look like legit national contenders. But some others have work to do to earn that billing.

Breaking: UConn lands Top-75 junior Corey Floyd Jr. | Stock Risers
Danny Hurley lands a top priority recruit. A four-star class of 2022 guard, Floyd picked UConn over Villanova and others in his final eight.

Mount Saint Joseph, Villanova grad Alex Louin goes global with basketball career | timesherald.com
Alex Louin still marvels at how far an orange ball has taken her.

Virginia Women’s Basketball Cancels Remainder of 2020-21 Season - Women's Hoop Dirt
The Cavaliers have decided to end their season early.

Penny Hardaway updates Memphis basketball NCAA infractions case | Commercial Appeal
The interview phase of the Memphis basketball program’s pending NCAA infractions case concluded last month, Penny Hardaway told The Commercial Appeal.

Should coaches be on the NCAA tournament selection committee? There's a credible case | ESPN
The NCAA tournament selection committee is made up of college administrators who will be in charge of the basketball "eye test" following a scaled-down regular season.

Wildcats Return to Practice After COVID Pause - Villanova University Athletics
The Villanova Wildcats men's basektball team completed a COVID-19 pause and returned to practice Thursday

Villanova Announces Women's Basketball Schedule Changes - Villanova University Athletics
NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference today announced several women's basketball schedule changes, including one that involves the Villanova Wildcats.

Virginia Women’s Basketball Cancels Remainder of 2020-21 Season - Women's Hoop Dirt
The Cavaliers have decided to end their season early.

Penny Hardaway updates Memphis basketball NCAA infractions case | Commercial Appeal
The interview phase of the Memphis basketball program’s pending NCAA infractions case concluded last month, Penny Hardaway told The Commercial Appeal.

Should coaches be on the NCAA tournament selection committee? There's a credible case | ESPN
The NCAA tournament selection committee is made up of college administrators who will be in charge of the basketball "eye test" following a scaled-down regular season.

(Subscription required) Saint Louis, Villanova will not have played in a month – The Athletic
The Billikens and Wildcats, both nationally ranked, will have gone at least four weeks between games.

(Subscription Required) Season projections for Villanova, Drexel, La Salle, more – The Athletic
In a new Philly Hoops mailbag, looking ahead to the end of the season for the city's teams, discussing the impact of COVID-19 and more.

College basketball tiers: How 2021 March contenders stack up | Sports Illustrated
Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Iowa all look like legit national contenders. But some others have work to do to earn that billing.

Breaking: UConn lands Top-75 junior Corey Floyd Jr. | Stock Risers
Danny Hurley lands a top priority recruit. A four-star class of 2022 guard, Floyd picked UConn over Villanova and others in his final eight.

(Subscription required) Saint Louis, Villanova will not have played in a month – The Athletic
The Billikens and Wildcats, both nationally ranked, will have gone at least four weeks between games.

(Subscription Required) Season projections for Villanova, Drexel, La Salle, more – The Athletic
In a new Philly Hoops mailbag, looking ahead to the end of the season for the city's teams, discussing the impact of COVID-19 and more.