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The Sun's Arizin: What if Omari Spellman were eligible for Villanova?

SI asks the question that's been smoldering in all of our minds.

Happy(?) Monday, everyone. I know y'all probably miss Chris Lane's way of handling the Arizin links, but he's just on hiatus for a little longer. Like Douglas MacArthur, he will return.

Our friends over at Sports Illustrated are playing the "What If" game with the 2016-17 season. Specifically, what if Omari Spellman was eligible for Villanova this year? Jay Wright (and a lot of our readers) is hoping that Spellman isn't a necessary piece for his team to make another deep run in March. The talented freshman wouldn't bring the experience and knowledge of, say, Darryl Reynolds, but he offers a big body and an interesting skill set that few other players could for 'Nova.

What difference do you think it would have made?

And now, "the News"

Ten 'What if?' scenarios that impact college hoops | SI.com
We put 10 what-if scenarios into our model to assess how certain NBA draft decisions, injuries, NCAA eligibility rulings, transfers and coaching changes effect the upcoming year. It includes, "What if Omari Spellman were eligible for Villanova?"

Villanova, Wright chasing title repeat with lessons from run | The Seattle Times
“This is what it’s like when you’re in the final and playing the best team in the country,” Wright said. “Little times it hits you like, wow, this is a great game.”

Two teams ahead of Villanova in The Post’s preseason Top 25 | New York Post
Kris Jenkins and Big East preseason Player of the Year Josh Hart will lead Jay Wright’s always consistent squad, as championship role players like Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges should thrive given extended minutes.

Villanova, Wright chasing title repeat with lessons from run | DelcoTimes
With a championship banner to match one from 1985 nestled in the Pavilion rafters, the Wildcats must now hope that championship revelry doesn’t equate to a follow-up hangover.

Vote: Which is your pick to win the NCAA title? | ESPN
Villanova is the defending champ. Can the Wildcats hold off Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisville?

2016 Big East Basketball Preview, Storylines and Standings | Barstool Sports
Five storylines to watch in the conference, including Villanova's chance to go for the repeat both in-conference and nationally.

College Basketballs Breakout Stars | NBC Sports
These are the 16 guys that will have big years in 2016-17.

Big East will be full of surprises — except right at the top | New York Post
No team has benefited more from the 2013 breakup of the Big East than Villanova, which has won an unprecedented three consecutive outright regular season championships, and it is hard to imagine the defending national champions’ dominance within the conference ending this season. Xavier joins Villanova on the league’s top tier, but the rest of the Big East — which has sent half of the conference to the NCAA Tournament, on average, the past three seasons — could be defined by several surprises.

Transformers: Transfers Watson, Foster and Huff have Creighton basketball back on national radar | Men's Basketball | omaha.com
Creighton is back in the preseason Top 25 for the first time since 2012-13 largely because of this talented trio. Huff, Watson and Foster are starters, play-makers and leaders. They’ll

Zach Bednarczyk, Villanova roll over Maine | CSN Philly
Zach Bednarczyk threw for a career-high 326 yards and Rob Rolle had two interceptions as Villanova beat Maine, 26-7, on Saturday.

Efficient Villanova football team halts UMaine win streak | Bangor Daily News
The University of Maine football team made Villanova one-dimensional on Saturday afternoon.In the process, the Black Bears discovered that the Wildcats’ passing attack, too, is formidable.Sophomore quarterback Zack Bednarczyk found cracks in the UMaine defense to spark 10th-ranked Villanova to a 26-7 victory.

From Cameroon to Villanova, an entrepreneur's journey to develop a healthful tea | Philadelphia Inquirer
As a resident of Cameroon, in West Africa, Vanessa Zommi Kungne already was a rarity among Villanova University's student body when she arrived last spring.