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Friday’s Arizin: Get pumped! (Mar. 26)

One day away from the Sweet 16 tipping off.

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The longest day of the week—the day before game day.

The “news”:

(Subscription required) Collin Gillespie to upgrade from parents’ couch to Indianapolis for Villanova’s Sweet 16 game | The Athletic
He and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree are set to make appearances this weekend for the big game.

Jermaine Samuels contributes in a variety of ways to Villanova’s NCAA Tournament run | Philadelphia Inquirer
Big Game Jermaine has come a long way since his freshman year.

Grand Canyon senior Oscar Frayer dies in car crash just days after playing in NCAA Tournament | CBS Sports
Tragic news out of GCU. Condolences to their basketball program and families and friends of those involved in the crash.

Baylor’s three-headed backcourt will be Villanova’s biggest test on both ends of the court | Philadelphia Inquirer
Baylor head coach Scott Drew compared his backcourt to some of the great Villanova backcourts.

Women’s Track and Field: Taryn Ashby breaks own school record in the javelin | Villanova Athletics
Shoutout to VU Hoops writer and track and field senior Taryn Ashby for setting a new school record and breaking her own previous record!

Three reasons why Villanova can reach the Final Four | Philly Voice
Villanova alumnus Pat Ralph gives three reasons why the ‘Cats can pull off the upset over Baylor and eventually make their way to the Final Four.

Villanova, Michigan push through key injuries in Sweet 16 run | AP
Both teams have found a way to make it work, despite key injuries.

Villanova in unfamiliar territory as underdog | Philly Voice
Jay Wright is where he should be — playing deep into the NCAA Tournament, though in an unusual position. The one glaring difference this season as opposed to those years past is that Villanova’s legendary coach and his Wildcats are in an underdog role.

South Region reset: Why each team will and won’t reach the Final Four | Sports Illustrated
The case for every team in the south region.

NCAA announces independent evaluation of disparities between men’s and women’s basketball tournaments | CBS Sports
The NCAA is is hiring a law firm to conduct a review of gender equity issues at its championships.

FBI visits Baton Rouge as LSU, Will Wade investigation remains active | Sports Illustrated
FBI agents have been in Baton Rouge recently, sources said, continuing an investigation that dates back several years.

Loyola isn’t a Cinderella anymore under Porter Moser, who should favor Marquette over Indiana — if he leaves | CBS Sports
Amid another masterful NCAA Tournament run, Moser is the hottest mid-major coaching candidate since Brad Stevens.

NCAA tournament proof of narrowing talent gap in college hoops | Durango Herald
A once-yawning talent gap between haves and have-nots has narrowed to nothing. The difference in a top-50 kid headed to Duke or Kentucky and an unranked kid heading to Loyola might have felt like night and day 15 years ago. Now, the difference is negligible – if it exists at all.

NBA Draft prospects who helped or hurt their stock in the first weekend of March Madness | CBS Sports
Some of these players were not on the radar, however thanks to big opening weekends, they’ve caught the eyes of scouts.

Women’s Soccer: Wildcats fall to UConn, 3-0 | Villanova Athletics
The Huskies scored a pair of second-half goals to put the game out of reach.

Men’s Track and Field: Dolan, Comber, and O’Donovan run metric equivalents of sub-4 minute miles at Raleigh relays | Villanova Athletics
Sean Dolan and Casey Comber each broke a 34-year-old facility record at Paul H. Derr Track.