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Revisiting our preseason predictions: how far can Villanova go?

The SI crew doesn't love the Wildcats, but they do love Josh Hart!

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Huuuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaay! Terrible news out of the Creighton Bluejays program yesterday as Maurice Watson Jr. announced that he has a torn ACL, thus ending his season and his college career. Just awful news for the young man, but

In that apirit, take a look at SI's midseason review of the Final Four an other various year-end awards. They don't love Villanova (except you Luke Winn, we love you Luke!), but they do love Josh Hart!

And now, the "news."

Midseason expert predictions: Picking Final Four & more |
A little past the midway point, our writers offer their picks for the Final Four, coach and player of the year, and more.

Maurice Watson's injury means Creighton must defeat history to achieve Final Four goal | Sporting News
Don't write off the Bluejays just yet!

CBB Coach of the Year rankings: Scott Drew, Jay Wright, UCLA's Alford lead |
Villanova lost its captain (Ryan Arcidiacono), center (Daniel Ochefu) and top recruit (Omari Spellman) but hasn't slipped in the slightest. The Wildcats are 18-1 (with four top-25 KenPom wins) and ranked No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). Odds are, they're about to be Big East champs for the fourth straight season.

Villanova taking care of No. 1 |
It's mid-January. The Madness is still nearly two months away from capturing America's passion for three magical weeks once again. So logic suggests it really doesn't matter who's No. 1 at the moment.

Joseph V. Topper Jr. Named Chair of Villanova University Board of Trustees | Villanova Media Room
Villanova University announced that its Board of Trustees has elected Joseph V. Topper Jr., retired president and CEO of CrossAmerica Partners LLP, as its chairperson. Topper succeeds Paul A. Tufano, Esq., who had served as chair of the Board of Trustees since 2015. Villanova Basketball legend Kerry Kittles elected as new board member

Villanova focused on learning from win over Seton Hall, not No. 1 ranking | CSN Philly
Hours after regaining the No.1 ranking, Villanova backed up the decision with a 76-46 win over Seton Hall, but remains more focused on improving than "just a number." By Dave Zeitlin

PC will be aiming for another upset vs. #1 Villanova - Sports |
The Big East can boast of the No. 1 team in the country again and the Friars will get a chance at slaying the giant on Saturday.

Big East basketball's resurgence (by the hour) |
Times are good for the league, four years into its rebooted existence. Defending national champion Villanova is back to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.