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Early Bracketology loves Villanova's chances at title defense

Yeah buddy.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! A fresh round of Bracketology and Power Rankings for you today, both of which love your Wildcats. No surprise there. Doesn't change the fact that it's fun to read about!

Oh, and the Eagle landed last night at the Nike Peach Jam. Wright and his assistants showed up to see DaDa and Lonnie Walker (who were facing Kevin Knox) after stops at the Under Armour and Adidas events. My guess is they'll be hanging at the Peach Jam for the rest of the weekend. A very pleasant 'croot stalking weekend to all of you.

And now, the "news."

Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Kansas are No. 1 seeds in way too early Bracketology |
The ACC has nine teams in Jerry Palm's first 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket projection.

Off-season Power Rankings: Duke has firm grasp on top spot |
Duke may have the most talented roster in years in college basketball. Which teams could be poised to stop Coach K's quest for a sixth national championship?

Spurs’ Arcidiacono plays for wins, not stats | San Antonio Express-News
The Villanova product demonstrated this on the national stage months ago. With six seconds remaining, Arcidiacono refused to force a shot, and found teammate Kris Jenkins for the game-winning 3-pointer.

Shannon Spake signs on with FOX Sports | Big East Coast Bias
ESPN’s Shannon Spake joined FOX on Wednesday. Will we see her on hoops coverage this year?

Villanova Ranked No. 74 in Final Directors' Cup Standings |
The final standings for the 2015-16 Learfield Directors' Cup were announced last week and Villanova came in at No. 74 among all Division I programs following a terrific year in which the university maintained its elite national status in both academic achievement and athletic competition.

Big East Basketball Should Be A Feast This Coming Season | Today's U
In April, a Big East school won the college basketball national championship for the first time since 2013. For the first time since 2012...

Yes, comedian Jim Gaffigan played football at Georgetown | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Comedian Jim Gaffigan, who has performed at Villanova in the past, played wide receiver for the Hoyas in 1988. Georgetown played Division III football back then, before the NCAA cracked down on the Hoyas, St. John's and other Division I basketball schools -- forcing them to move to Division I (FCS) or drop out of the sport.

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Provide Fantastic Example of LeBron Thriftiness | The Big Lead
At one point, Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, revealed that LeBron is so thrifty that he watches his mobile data usage like a hawk, and won’t use his phone at times when it’s not connected to Wi-Fi.