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Villanova's Wildcats are facing high expectations for title defense in 2016-17

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Josh Hart is back though, so don't worry about it.

TGIF! Lets get back on to Hart-o-Rama this morning, as a number of outlets dropped their hyper-early post-NBA deadline 2016-17 NCAA Basketball rankings. Folks have some really high expectations for the Wildcats after Hart passed on the NBA's draft to spend another year at Villanova where he's planning to work on his game and become the kind of player who sticks around in the league.

All of the rankings have Duke on top -- the Blue Devils could've lost every player on their roster to the Draft and I imagine that would still be the case. As it stands, they didn't really lose a whole lot though (one transfer). The Big Lead's rankings are the highest on Villanova, putting the 'Cats second, and CBS has them in the top-three to start the season as well.

Not bad. Now they'll just have to try and live up to the hype!

And now, the "news."

College Basketball Top 25 for 2016-2017 Season, Post-NBA Draft Decisions | The Big Lead
We offered a way-too-early Top 25 for the 2016-2017 college basketball season the morning after Villanova beat UNC at the buzzer. Now that the smoke has cleared from the NBA draft, here's a newer, more accurate Top 25. 1. Duke: Blue Devils were #1 even before Grayson Allen decided to return.

The NBC Sports way-too-early Preseason Top 25 | NBC Sports
The top two are pretty clear cut. But who are those top two?

No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Kentucky hold steady in post-draft decisions Top 25 (and one) | CBSSports.com
The Blue Devils and Wildcats could both field a future first-round pick at every position in 2016-17

A post-draft deadline look at the 2016-17 season's top 20 teams | Yahoo Sports
Blue bloods Duke and Kentucky and reigning champion Villanova headline next season's list title contenders.

Breaking down the Big East's NBA draft decisions | Banners On The Parkway
Nine players from the Big East tested the NBA draft waters. Here's how that ended up playing out.

College basketball's winners from NBA draft deadline | USA Today
The Wildcats could become the first team since Billy Donovan’s 2006 and 2007 Florida teams to repeat as national champions. At the very least, they’re as well-positioned as they could be to do just that.

Villanova, Oregon boosted by players turning down NBA Draft | USA Today
Villanova, Oregon among top school bolstered by players turning down NBA Draft

Josh Hart discusses NBA draft process, returning to Villanova | CSN Philly
After withdrawing his name from the NBA draft to return to school, Josh Hart is excited to focus on Villanova, graduation and then the NBA dream.

2016 NBA draft -- List of who has declared and who is out | ESPN ($)
Chad Ford provides the latest intel on which players are entering the 2016 NBA draft and which are staying put.

Villanova the big winner from NBA draft decisions while USC lost big | ESPN ($)
The dust has settled after players made their NBA draft decisions. Which college teams won? Which lost? Well, Villanova is pretty happy. USC, meanwhile, might not be as thrilled.

5 winners and 5 losers from NBA Draft declaration deadline day | SBNation.com
With the NBA Draft deadline now behind us, let's break down the teams that are in better, and worse, shape than they were a couple of months ago. Yep- 'Nova is included.

The Return of Kyle Lowry | Nilsen Report
The basketball world has been hard on Kyle Lowry. He has been called a failure, a disappointment, a loser, and everything in between. Debates had begun to surface around the possibility that he may even be the worst NBA playoff performer of all-time.

Villanova's fall schedule includes four tourney teams | Brotherly Game
Villanova released its 18-game schedule on Tuesday and it includes four NCAA Tournament teams.

U.S. is still using floppy disks to run its nuclear program | CNN.com
Want to launch a nuclear missile? You'll need a floppy disk.

From internment camp to Dodgers and Cubs clubhouses, these brothers became part of baseball history - LA Times
Nobe and Yosh Kawano, now in their 90s. were longtime clubhouse attendants for the Dodgers and Cubs. Now, though, their tales are kept alive by friends and relatives.