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NCAA title contenders can be built in different ways

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Hey, we've talked about this before I think.

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Huuuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaay! Nice win last night against a game La Salle team. And good to know Jalen Brunson still has that take over the game ability when we need it.

Feels like a lot of recycled content in the news today, but the WaPo article on how to build a program took my interest. We've covered it here before, but cool to see some coaches talk about it and give their thoughts. Villanova, as you would expect, is mentioned prominently.

And now, the "news."

One-and-dones? Develop upperclassmen? NCAA contenders can be built either way | The Washington Post
Villanova won it all last season with a core that developed together. And while coaches might like to copy the slow-build method, that's not always possible or practical.

Villanova hoping to be more comfortable at No. 1 | USA Today
Reigning national champion Villanova moves to No. 1, expecting experience at top of poll a year ago will help this week

Recruiting Q&A with Villanova coach Jay Wright | ESPN ($)
Paul Biancardi sits down with Jay Wright to discuss Villanova's evolution on the recruiting trail, and what he'd change about recruiting if he could.

'Nova's top ranking 'not that big of a deal' | Philadelphia Inquirer
Villanova held the No. 1 spot in the nation last February for three weeks, which was nice, and then finished the season No. 1, which meant so much more doing it on the court instead of winning a media poll.

New Big East isn't the old Big East, but it's still awfully good | NCAA.com
The Big East is one of the best conferences in college basketball this season.

Ranking the 11 unbeaten teams and projecting when each will lose first | Yahoo! Sports
Villanova and UCLA are among college basketball's last undefeated teams, but they're unlikely to stay perfect the longest.

Player of the Year Power Rankings | NBC Sports
Frank Mason III, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball stand out.

Baylor Bears hire Matt Rhule as football coach | ESPN
Baylor has turned to Temple's Matt Rhule as its new football coach in the wake of the school's sexual assault scandal.