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Rob Dauster, my friend, you are better than this.

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Happy Tuesday, ‘Nova Nation! As the college basketball world ramps up its preseason coverage, Rob Dauster of NBC treated us to a little nugget on Villanova.

He wonders - somewhat correctly - whether Villanova can keep it up. It’s fair point. They lost big contributors and have legitimate injury/depth concerns. But that’s not what bothers him. Dauster thinks Villanova’s title creds are tied to their recenty history.

That’s just fundamentally wrong. Just because a team was good (or bad) the previous year doesn’t have as direct a correlation on the next year’s performance - especially in college.

And even if it did, the performance of Jay Wright’s team over the course of a season and all of their advanced statistics rankings would surely offer them a better prognosis than a one-game failure.

And now, the “news.”

College Hoops Contender Series: Three (flawed?) Final Four favorites | NBC Sports
Here are three potential Final Four teams that have enough flaws to be concerning. Can we really call Villanova a Final Four favorite if all they do is win national titles or get upset?

Coaches don't expect 'College GameDay' distractions | Yahoo! Sports
"To me, having 'College GameDay' on our campus is just a special event for our institution," Houston said Monday. Houston was at The Citadel then. As the reigning FCS champion and the nation's No. 1-ranked team, James Madison (5-0) will be more of the attraction than No. 11 Villanova

How much will recruiting change after massive scandal? | Yahoo! Sports
How much will the business of basketball change moving forward? As one AAU coach put it, "That's just the way that the culture is right now."

Jaquan Amos Named CAA Rookie of the Week | Villanova.com
With Maine driving to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter, Amos picked-up a Black Bear fumble and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown. Amos becomes just the third player in FCS Football history to record a 99-yard fumble return. He also tallied four tackles and a tackle for loss in helping the Villanova defense register its second shutout of the season.

DePaul now has two commitments from eighth graders | NBC Sports
Dave Leitao picked up a commitment over the weekend, as Skyy Clark announced on his Instagram page that he will be joining his friend Amari Bailey in attending DePaul when they enroll in college.