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Wednesday’s Arizin: Villanova on opt outs — “not something we’re exploring” (Feb. 17)

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Based on a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article, it doesn’t look like the ‘Cats will opt out of the Big East Tournament.

The “news”:

Villanova and Jay Wright look ahead to how COVID-19 might change Big East, NCAA Tournaments | Philadelphia Inquirer
Villanova AD Mark Jackson said the league’s athletic directors have talked about opt-outs “because it is a national story line. But I know for us, it’s not something we’re exploring or the what-ifs, if we sit out if we’re healthy.”

Forde minutes: Seeding dilemmas, mid-major bid chasers, and more | Sports Illustrated
March Madness seeding dilemmas, the rise of HookeyBall, five questions with Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann, and more!

Women's Basketball: Villanova routs Butler in first game back from COVID pause | Villanova Athletics

The Lady 'Cats drained 17 threes in the one-sided win over the Bulldogs.

Villanova's Defensive Woes Raise Glaring Red Flag | Action Network
Ryan Collinsworth analyzes previous Final Four and National Championship teams to establish statistical precedent for this season's title contenders.

Detroit Pistons: Rookie hustle is changing the culture in Detroit | Piston Powered
Saddiq Bey has been playing well as of late and is one of the rookies leading the charge.

Jalen Brunson continuing to be one of the Mavericks’ best finds in recent history | Dallas Sports Fanatic
Some love for JB.

Warriors need Eric Paschall back in stride | Blue Man Hoop
Back from a brief injury, Eric Paschall has hit a few bumps in the road.

College basketball power rankings: USC and FSU crash the top 10, while Villanova and Virginia slip | CBS Sports
The latest set of college basketball power rankings from CBS Sports.

Which No. 2 seeds can overtake a No. 1? | USA TODAY
The NCAA might’ve released a preview by teasing the top 16, but there’s still plenty of season left to shake things up.

John Beilein high-ranking candidate at Boston College | 247 sports
Former Michigan basketball coach John Beilein could soon be returning to the sideline...

Ten NCAA Tournament bubble teams sweating the most a month from Selection Sunday | USA TODAY
A couple of Big East teams mentioned on this list, along with some traditional blue bloods.

Should college players be allowed to opt-out? | Hammer and Rails
...and is it different from quitting? The Jalen Johnson news had a lot of people talking, here’s a take on it.

Ten teams that could track the NCAA committee’s top 16 before the regular season finale |
The NCAA released its top 16 seeds as of last weekend, but here are the next 10 after the bunch.

Men’s Basketball: Robinson-Earl picks up two weekly honors | Villanova Athletics
The sophomore big man was named to the Big East weekly honor roll and was tabbed Philadelphia Big 5 player of the week.

Volleyball: Barber named Big East freshman of the week | Villanova Athletics
The 6-foot-2 Villanova middle blocker was awarded the weekly honor.