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Thursday’s Arizin: Daily links for Mar. 18

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The “news”:

March Madness 2021 bracket: NCAA Tournament numbers to know, vital stats to use while filling out your bracket - CBSSports.com
A boatload of stats and NCAA Tournament history you need to be sure to read before finishing your tournament picks

The Favorites And Cinderellas Of The Men’s NCAA Tournament | FiveThirtyEight
Let us help you pick your bracket.

20 must-watch games in the first days of the 2021 NCAA tournament | NCAA.com
So much has been said about cramming all 68 teams into one city. By midnight Saturday, roughly 55 hours after the opening tip, 36 of them will be gone. Here are the must-see games in the first few days of the 2021 NCAA tournament.

Oklahoma's De'Vion Harmon positive for COVID, out of NCAA Tournament | USA TODAY
Oklahoma's De'Vion Harmon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the NCAA Tournament, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said Wednesday.

Bet These Three Underdogs in Friday's First Round of the NCAA Men's Tournament - Sports Illustrated
Don't worry, Villanova isn't on this list.

March Madness: Players urge reform before NCAA tournament | Yahoo Sports
"It's been far too long. Time for our voices to be heard. #NotNCAAProperty."

USBWA Names Gillespie Third Team All-American - Villanova University
Gillespie selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association

Softball: Big Day By Rauch Leads Wildcats to 11-2 Win at Towson in Second Game of Doubleheader - Villanova University
Senior right fielder Paige Rauch (Windsor, N.Y.) tied career highs with four hits and four runs batted in as Villanova (8-7) pulled away from Towson.

Field Hockey: Meghan Mitchell Named Play Safe Turf & Track Division I Offensive Player of the Week - Villanova University
Freshman forward Meghan Mitchell (Villanova, Pa.) was announced on Wednesday morning as the Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week.

Men's Tennis: Wildcats Fall to Temple, 7-0, in Wednesday Morning Dual Match - Villanova University
In the first of three matches on the schedule this week, Villanova (3-3) was defeated 7-0 by Temple (4-1) at the Cherry Hill Racquet Club on Wednesday

Softball: DaCosta and Kern Power Wildcats to 5-2 Win over Towson in Doubleheader Opener - Villanova University
Senior shortstop Julia DaCosta (North Attleboro, Mass.) and junior third baseman Megan Kern (Royersford, Pa.) each homered in the first game of a doubleheader with Towson.

Men’s Soccer: No. 3 Georgetown Rallies Past Wildcats 3-2 in Overtime - Villanova University
MacKinnon scored twice for Nova and Williams made seven saves in goal, but the 'Cats fell short in their upset bid against the defending national champs.