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Wednesday’s Arizin: Daily links for Apr. 7

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Are way-too-early top 25s dumb? Yeah, but hey, Villanova’s already got a bunch of top 15 mentions!

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The “news”:

Gonzaga’s nightmare game shows difficulty in going undefeated | Yahoo Sports
After Gonzaga’s heartbreak in 2017 in a foul-plagued game against UNC, these Zags weren’t in Monday night’s title game for a dribble. Baylor won 86-70, and no one would have blinked if that was 96-70 or 106-70 considering the game’s tenor.

Champions crowned, NCAA returns to its pre-COVID problems | New York Times
...The pandemic has punched a hole in many athletic department budgets, leaving some schools to slash sports while preserving the moneymakers and to make urgent pleas to donors for more help. One thing is for certain: The assault on the college sports business model will not end with the pandemic. If anything, the public health crisis only deferred the confrontation...

NCAA considering single location for part of future basketball tournaments | Sports Illustrated
Would you like to see single cities hosting the whole event again?

Biggest winners and losers of the 2021 NCAA Tournament | Bleacher Report
Relive the past three weeks of March Madness with a full recap of the tourney’s biggest winners and losers.

College basketball teams with the most national championships | NCAA.com
Gimme three!

The athletes are the only thing saving college sports from the NCAA | Washington Post
A fundamental fact has been vividly on display for the past month of tournament play: The NCAA sells kids commercially without their consent for more than $1 billion per year. Athletes, in challenging this peonage debt-servitude system like never before in lawsuits and campaigns such as #NotNCAAProperty, have raised the question of whether the NCAA should continue to exist in its current power configuration.

College basketball is dreamy and seamy | Chicago Sun-Times
The sport had its dream final Monday with Baylor-Gonzaga, but the NCAA’s days of corruption and exploitation soon might be coming to an end.

CBS sees 14% drop in viewers for NCAA men’s championship, while ratings for women’s title match grew on ESPN | CNBC
The 2021 NCAA men’s basketball championship averaged 16.9 million viewers, the least viewed title game for CBS since it started broadcasting them in 1982, although it beat ratings for the 2018 title game broadcast on Turner.

Way-too-early Power 36 rankings for 2021-22 college basketball season | NCAA.com
Andy Katz has ‘Nova clocking in at No. 9.

Way-too-early top 25: Ranking the 2021-22 leading contenders | Sports Illustrated
SI’s take on next season.

Gonzaga, UCLA 1-2 in early top 25 rankings for 2021-22 | ESPN
Per ESPN on ‘Nova: If Gillespie is back, this is a surefire top-10 team. If he isn’t and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl goes pro as expected, then Jay Wright could have some issues.

Softball: Giampolo, Rauch lead the way in 8-0 shutout of Delaware State | Villanova Athletics
The Wildcats led off with a shutout in their first game of a doubleheader.

Softball: Season-high 15 hits spark Wildcats in 11-2 win over Delaware State | Villanova Athletics
The Wildcats won the second leg of their doubleheader in dominant fashion.

Men’s Lacrosse: Khan, Vitton earn Weekly Big East Honors | Villanova Athletics
Villanova senior attacker Keegan Khan was named BIG EAST Attack Player of the Week while junior netminder Will Vitton earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll as announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.

Softball: Cites, Rauch earn weekly Big East honors | Villanova Athletics
Tess Cites named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, while Paige Rauch earns Honor Roll nod.

Men’s Soccer: UConn game on Saturday cancelled | Villanova Athletics
Another postponement for the men’s soccer team.