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Friday’s Arizin: Tournament Time! (Mar. 19)

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It’s game day!

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The “news”:

Keys to victory for Villanova’s opening round game with Winthrop | Philadelphia Inquirer
The fifth-seeded Wildcats will be pushed in Friday night’s first-round game of the NCAA Tournament against the No. 12 Eagles, who have an 11-man rotation and a versatile 6-foot-7 point guard.

Ranking every team in the NCAA Tournament | Sports Illustrated
SI’s take on the field of 68.

Most popular NCAA Tournament bracket picks | ESPN
Need some last-minute help on your bracket? Only if you want to take ESPN’s advice...

Tracking the best celebrity brackets in the 2021 tournament | NCAA.com
Or maybe you want some celeb advice instead?

(Subscription required) Ranking the top 50 players in the NCAA Tournament | ESPN+
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl ranked at lucky No. 13.

Frustrated by conditions in Indy, players call for more on eve of NCAA Tournament | CBS Sports
The start of the Big Dance could be overshadowed by players’ complaints about unfair treatment.

How original Big East breakup still affects Gonzaga, Wichita State, UConn in NCAA Tournament | USA TODAY
Eight years after the breakup of the Big East Conference, this year’s NCAA Tournament field in men’s basketball offers case studies in the value of staying put, the possible benefit of moving, and, in one instance, the joy of coming home.

Men’s Basketball: Gillespie, JRE earn NABC All-American Third Team honors | Villanova Athletics
The standout duo were both selected by coaches association.

Women’s Basketball: Lady ‘Cats set to take on UMass in WNIT opener | Villanova Athletics
Villanova is set to take on UMass on Friday, at 8 p.m.

Men’s Cross Country: Strintzos, O’Sullivan earn top Mid-Atlantic Region Honors from USTFCCCA | Villanova Athletics
Couple of nice running accolades.

Women’s Soccer: Kryza nets overtime winner for Villanova | Villanova Athletics
Her overtime heroics lifted the ‘Cats to a win over St. John’s

Water Polo: Shelby named Co-Defensive MAAC Player of the Week | Villanova Athletics
The Wildcats are actually in the MAAC for water polo, and the freshman goalie came up big for the ‘Cats.