Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! Though Villanova fell in the national weekly rankings yesterday, it's pretty much a consensus from every source I'm looking at - including the below version of Bracketology - that the 'Cats are looking very strong for a 1-seed.
A lot of that has to do with the resume they've already built - OOC wins at Purdue and vs. Notre Dame and Virginia go a long way towards that. But talking with a couple folks who look at this stuff intensely it also is taking into account a fourth straight Big East title. A lot of games left to play, but things do look good.
Creighton and Xavier will presumably struggle without Mo Watson and Edmond Sumner, respectively. Butler seems like the biggest threat, and Villanova gets the Bulldogs at home in the coming weeks.
Take care of business, and Villanova should have a nice path in March.
And now, the "news."
Bracketology: Big wins keep Kansas, Villanova as No. 1 seeds | USA TODAY
Gonzaga, Baylor, Villanova and Kansas are currently the No. 1 seeds.
College basketball's top 10 teams lost 9 times last week | SBNation.com
Most figured this would be a season where the national landscape was fairly clear heading into February. Nope.
Answering questions about the NCAA bracket preview show | SI.com
Seth Davis addresses some misconceptions and answers some questions about the forthcoming midseason bracket show on CBS on Feb. 11.
How your college football team builds its recruiting board before Signing Day | SBNation.com
Let’s talk to a bunch of people in the business.
Villanova to Compete in the College Challenge Bracket at 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship
World's Largest Collegiate Rugby Festival June 3rd and 4th at Talen Energy Stadiumg
The Ultimate Guide to Super Bowl LI | SB Nation
The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will square off for Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX.