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Can you trust Villanova Basketball in March Madness this year?

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The answer of course, is yes, but I can understand the doubters.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! As the podcasts drop and the first bracket projections are getting published, there's a ton of chatter about whether you can trust Villanova this year. Forget the fact that they haven't been to a Final 4 since 2009, the last two years have been especially brutal. Receny bias is a thing, but this year is a different team, with different opponents for better or worse.

And that's the biggest reason why more 'experts' than I thought are on the Villanova train. The field is considerably weaker this year and Villanova is clearly among the best teams in the country. If they get hot, or even play as they're capable of consistently, they've got to like their odds to get to the second weekend. After that, it's all gravy.

And now, the "news."

South Region Bracket Breakdown | CollegeBasketballTalk
Kansas is the No. 1 seed but the South Region is absolutely loaded. Is this the year we can finally trust Villanova?

SI experts pick their 2016 NCAA tournament brackets | SI.com
Sports Illustrated experts make their picks for the 2016 NCAA tournament bracket.

Philadelphia's college basketball coaches raise money for cancer | Philly.com
Philadelphia's college basketball coaches gathered Monday morning at the Palestra for the 18th annual Coaches vs. Cancer breakfast, even the three who took time out from their preparations for the NCAA tournament.

Notes from Monday's Villanova Media Availability | Villanova.com
The Villanova Wildcats got back to the practice court on Monday afternoon at the Davis Center and talked to the media beforehand.

Villanova’s Hart can’t clear his head after championship loss to Seton Hall | The Trentonian
For Josh Hart, Villanova’s 69-67 loss to Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament championship game was personal, and had him second-guessing himself.

The NCAA Tournament selection committee did a pretty bad job | SBNation.com
At best, the NCAA Tournament's selectors did a bad job. At worst, they're hypocrites.

How Gene DeFilippo Squandered BC's Moment To Shine | BC Interruption
Let's not surrender to revisionist history, folks. Let's remember where BC was a decade ago, and how they squandered their opportunity to shine.

Every NCAA Tournament coach's favorite band | CBSSports.com
UNC-Asheville's coach likes DMB. So naturally the Gods are going to punish him with a Villanova beatdown.