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Friday’s Arizin: Cheers to the weekend! (Jan. 22)

One day before the ‘Cats are back on the court again!

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Happy Friday!

The ‘Cats are back in action tomorrow afternoon against the Providence Friars. Check back later on for a game preview!

The “news”:

Unfazed by layoff, No. 3 Villanova faces Providence next | Sports Illustrated
Villanova head coach Jay Wright didn’t know what to expect from his team last Tuesday. He still doesn’t.

(Subscription required) Ten thoughts on Villanova through 10 games | The Athletic
Ten thoughts on Villanova through 10 games: Can it catch up to Gonzaga, Baylor?

Trevor Keels torn between his final three | 247 Sports
One of the few five-star prospects left on the board in the class of 2021, 247Sports No. 16 ranked player Trevor Keels is torn between a final three of Duke, Villanova and Virginia.

Practice? Jermaine Samuels didn’t need practice. | Philadelphia Inquirer
Jermaine Samuels, sidelined by COVID-19, shined in Villanova’s game against Seton Hall on Tuesday.

COVID-19 cases have conference commissioners anxious over possible midseason shutdown | CBS Sports
Matt Norlander’s weekly college hoops notebook has a scoop about ongoing concern over the season facing a halt in February.

Ranking College Basketball’s Best Potential 2021 March Madness Cinderella teams | Bleacher Report
15 possible Cinderellas to keep an eye on for March.

Villanova women’s soccer to host UNC, City 6, Big East this spring | Brotherly Game
The Villanova women’s soccer released its finalized schedule.

Xavier shouldn’t try to make up all the missing games | Banners on the Parkway
Like Villanova and many other teams, Xavier missed out on some games due to COVID-19. The Xavier SB Nation site doesn’t think they should try to jampack their schedule to make up for lost time.

Dan Gavitt discusses plans and protocols for NCAA Tournament | CBS Sports
In light of the NCAA announcing the dates for the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Gavitt shares more information in advance of March.

Most college athletes can’t accept brand sponsorships or deals. That can soon change | Vox
A pending NCAA rule would allow athletes to profit from their personal brands.

NCAA Tournament protocols include seven negative COVID-19 tests before arrival | Fox Zone
The NCAA and Marion County Public Health Department put together COVID-19 health and safety protocols to be used during the tournament.

As congressional power shifts, NCAA reform and athletes’ rights are firmly in the crosshairs | Sports Illustrated
The future of the NCAA could lie in the hands of Congress. Will that backfire on the collegiate governing body one year after it asked lawmakers to get involved?