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Monday’s Arizin: This is March! (Mar. 1)

Inching closer to March Madness.

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March is here! The “news”:

Eight things we’re excited about in college basketball this March | Sports Illustrated
March is finally here!

Pandemic changes NBA Draft rules for seniors | ESPN
Looks like we’ll know sooner than later, who stays and who goes.

Big East men’s basketball tournament starts with March 10 triple header | Hartford Courant
With UConn in the picture, here’s how the bracket and tournament will shape out this year for an 11-team field.

Predicting winners for all 2021 conference tournaments | Busting Brackets
There are 31 NCAA Basketball conference tournaments since the Ivy League cancelled its season.

A miserable day of three-point shooting hurts Villanova in a 73-61 defeat at Butler | Philadelphia Inquirer
The three-point shot has been a staple of the Villanova program since Jay Wright took over 20 years ago. The Wildcats made just 2-of-27 from beyond the arc.

Pistons’ Saddiq Bey now has the longest double-digit scoring streak by a rookie | Yahoo Sports
Bey scored 10 points on Sunday to pass LaMelo Ball for the longest double-digit scoring streak by a rookie this season.

Three of Pistons’ ‘Core Four’ find moments to shine as roles expand | Detroit News
Killian Hayes is injured, but draft picks Isaiah Stewart, Saddiq Bey, and Saben Lee have stepped up in larger roles for the Pistons.

Young combo of James Wiseman, Eric Paschall offer Warriors an intriguing duo | San Francisco Chronicle
Wiseman and Paschall have been a nice one-two punch for Golden State.

Doncic is 22, Jalen Brunson is surging, and the Mavs’ 2018 draft class has never looked better | Dallas Morning News
They’ve only gotten better each year since getting drafted.

Confidence remains the key for Donte DiVincenzo | Behind the Bucks Pass
He’s been a fixture in the Bucks’ starting five, and he also recently had a career-game.

Jalen Brunson is one of the most underrated players in the NBA | Smoking Cuban
The average NBA fan may not even know Jalen Brunson, but it’s time to change that.

Big East title race: Creighton controls its destiny (again) after Butler beats Villanova | Omaha World-Herald
A lot of weight in deciding the regular season and No. 1 seed for the Big East Tournament goes into Wednesday’s showdown.

Roy Williams becomes fifth men’s college basketball coach to reach 900 wins | Yahoo Sports
After a loss to Marquette, the Tar Heels bounced back with a win over Florida State to get Williams’ milestone win.

Women’s Basketball: Villanova falls to Seton Hall in regular season finale | Villanova Athletics
A tough loss for the ‘Cats, but sophomore Maddy Siegrist made program history as the fastest to ever reach the 1,000-point mark.

Women’s Soccer: Wildcats down St. Joe’s, 1-0 | Villanova Athletics
Sam Rosette scored the difference-making goal in Villanova’s first win of the year.

Men’s Soccer: Villanova loses to Georgetown, 3-0 | Villanova Athletics
Reigning national champion Georgetown shutout the ‘Cats over the weekend.

Men’s Tennis: Wildcats sweep Lafayette, 7-0, to earn first victory of season | Villanova Athletics
Big weekend for Wildcat tennis.

Men’s Lacrosse: Wildcats rebound with 16-14 win at Marquette | Villanova Athletics
Matt Campbell scored a career-high seven points, and Keegan Khan added six more in the winning effort.

Baseball: Wildcat offense held in check in series finale | Villanova Athletics
Villanova dropped its series with Radford

Softball: Villanova falls to Notre Dame, 11-3 | Villanova Athletics
Senior third baseman Julia DaCosta and freshman outfielder Brooklyn Ostrowski were bright spots in the loss.

Field Hockey: Villanova falls to Old Dominion | Villanova Athletics
The Wildcats took a shutout loss on the road to the Monarchs.