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Monday’s Arizin: March Madness is here! (Mar. 15)

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It’s here!

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It’s looking like a late tip for Villanova. The Wildcats are set to take on No. 12 Winthrop in the final game of Friday night, which is set for a 9:57 p.m. ET start.

The “news”:

NCAA Tournament point spreads: Villanova favored, Drexel underdogs | Philadelphia Inquirer
Villanova is favored as expected, but one national analyst already has picked Winthrop to win outright.

Pennsylvania sports betting: Is Villanova in trouble? | Yahoo Sports
Villanova struggled to cover the spread in the second half of the season, going just 3-7 ATS over its last 10 games.

NCAA tournament: Winthrop vs Villanova predictions, odds | Charlotte Observer
Will the Winthrop University basketball team upset Villanova in the 2021 NCAA tournament bracket? Projections for the March Madness game and early betting odds.

Selection Sunday: A closer look at Villanova’s and Drexel’s NCAA tournament seeding, opponents and more | PhillyVoice
All season long, it was clear that one local college hoops team would still be playing once the season ended and the NCAA Tournament began. And then late last week, the basketball goods provided Philly sports fans with a bit of a gift — a second March Madness berth, as Drexel pulled off the CAA Tournament upset and earned its place in the tourney as the conference champion and automatic bid.

Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown stuns Creighton to win Big East men's basketball title, punch NCAA tournament ticket | ESPN
Patrick Ewing is taking Georgetown back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015, with the Hoyas completing a surprising run to the Big East title on the anniversary of the hiring of late Hall of Fame coach John Thompson.

Chaos, confusion and college basketball - Remembering the day the Big East shut down | ESPN
One year after the coronavirus pandemic paused the sports world, we look at the unprecedented uncertainty and frantic scene inside the tournament caught in the middle at Madison Square Garden.

Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, Michigan get top seeds in NCAA men's basketball tournament | ESPN
Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Illinois are the No. 1 seeds for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament.

NCAA Tournament 2021: Power Ranking All 68 Teams | Bleacher Report
Selection Sunday has finally arrived, and with it the 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournament field has been set.

2021 NCAA Tournament bracket: Ranking every team playing in March Madness from 1-68 - CBSSports.com
From the best to the worst, here's how the teams in the tournament stack up.

The official seeding list from 1-68 by the selection committee - SBNation.com
Here’s the 2021 NCAA tournament field seeded 1-68 by the NCAA selection committee.

NCAA Tournament bracket 2021: March Madness field of 68, seeds, snubs revealed on Selection Sunday | Sporting News
Selection Sunday is here; which teams will end up making the NCAA Tournament?

68 March Madness predictions, made before the 2021 NCAA tournament field is revealed on Selection Sunday | NCAA.com
Selection Sunday has come and gone, but a lot of these predictions will need to be decided once the tournament tips off with the First Four on Thursday.

March Madness: Seven biggest snubs in 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket | USA TODAY
Louisville coach Chris Mack's team was left out of the field, while ACC rival Syracuse squeezed in. The Cardinals' omission is the biggest snub.

Iona, Pitino back in NCAA Tournament as 15-seed, will play Alabama | Journal News/lohud.com
Rick Pitino and Iona, and Jahvon Quinerly and Alabama — two familiar faces — to clash in the NCAA Tournament.

Men's Lacrosse: Villanova Registers 20-8 Win over St. John’s in Sunday Shootout - Villanova University
Offense was the buzz word for the afternoon as Villanova registered a 20-8 victory over St. John's on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 3-1.

Baseball: Wildcats Edge Delaware, 11-10, For Fourth Straight Victory - Villanova University
The Villanova Wildcat baseball team ran its win streak to four in a row on Sunday afternoon with an 11-10 victory over the Delaware Blue Hens.

Men’s Tennis Powers Past La Salle, 6-1, For Third Straight Win - Villanova University
Despite cool conditions and gusty swirling winds, Villanova (3-2) was a winner in its first outdoor match of the season with a 6-1 victory over La Salle

Field Hockey: Four Goals in 5:23 Help Carry Cats Past Quinnipiac 5-0 - Villanova University
The Wildcats exploded in the second quarter.

Softball: Wildcats Rally From Five-Run Deficit, Complete Series Sweep With 8-6 Win Over Hofstra - Villanova University
Sophomore first baseman Chloe Smith (Sacramento, Calif.) and sophomore catcher Ally Jones (Brielle, N.J.) each hit home runs as Villanova (6-7) rallied with five runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Women's Soccer: Providence Defeats Wildcats 4-0 - Villanova University
Providence scored twice in each half for the win over the Wildcats.

Men's Track: Sean Dolan Places Sixth in Mile at NCAA Championships - Villanova University
Redshirt freshman Sean Dolan (Pennington, N.J.) continued his ascension towards the highest ranks of Villanova middle distance runners.

Women's Track: McKenna Keegan Places Seventh in 800 Meters at NCAA Championships - Villanova University
Senior middle distance runner McKenna Keegan (West Grove, Pa.) recorded a lifetime best mark for the second time in as many days and finished seventh at the NCAA Championships.

Softball: Henry Continues Home Run Tear and Wildcats Walk-Off Against Hofstra in Game Two Victory - Villanova University
Sophomore designated player Ryan Henry (Ramsey, N.J.) continued her power tear with the first multi-home run game of her career.

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