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Villanova’s Josh Hart the early frontrunner for National Player of the Year

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Villanova’s BMOC is cooking early on.

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Huuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaay! Josh Hart is showing y’all why he was considered one of the frontrunners for the Naismith Award, and he’s taking advantage of some key freshmen either being out injured or getting off to slow starts.

While Villanova’s attack is typically a balanced one, Hart is showing early on why he’s going to be taking more shots than years past. If his efficiency stays at his career levels, he’s going to have a very strong case at the end of the season.

And now, the "news."

Villanova's Hart leads Naismith Watch, but freshmen in hot pursuit | NCAA.com
The Wildcats are top 20 in effective field goal percentage (57.6) and turnover rate (14.4), wearing down opponents by limiting mistakes, taking good shots and converting. Villanova is second in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency (119.3) and its senior leader Hart is the weapon other opponents fear most - he’s hit 66 percent of 2-pointers and 44 percent of 3-pointers, equally dangerous in the halfcourt and in transition.

Big East touting quality over quantity | ESPN
Butler's win at Utah makes the Big East's top four teams -- Villanova, Xavier, Creighton and the Bulldogs -- a combined 25-0 this season.

Talking Villanova Basketball Presented by Hartford Funds Returns Next Month | Villanova.com
The Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats - A new season of Talking Villanova Basketball with Jay Wright Presented by Hartford Funds begins on Dec. 7. The show can be heard on 610 Sports Radio live from J.D. McGillicuddy's in Wayne.

Penn's Silpe, Villanova's Brunson share off-court history | The Daily Pennsylvanian

Not only did Nexxt Level train Penn sophomore point guard Jake Silpe, but they also worked with Villanova’s sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson. In fact, the two New Jersey natives met regularly for workout sessions over the summer at Nexxt Level’s training facility in South Jersey.

Could Creighton basketball challenge Villanova and Xavier for Big East title? | isportsweb

Thanks to newcomers Marcus Foster and Justin Patton, along with senior point guard Maurice Foster, Creighton is poised for a breakout season

Here's what the five top NCAA title contenders have to overcome to win it all | Sporting News
What are Villanova, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, and Duke all going to need to overcome to win a championship this season?

52 surprising numbers of November | NCAA.com
Thanksgiving is over and so is the first batch of in-season tournaments. For leftovers, here are some revealing numbers of November, and not all of them are about Kentucky, though it might seem that way.

Who's who among the unbeaten teams? (1.0) | ESPN ($)
John Gasaway picks Villanova to remain undefeated the longest over #1 Kentucky.

Villanova Sends Eight Student-Athletes to AT&T Winter National Championships | Villanova.com
The Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats - The Villanova swimming and diving program is sending eight student-athletes to compete at the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, Ga.