Happy Monday, ‘Nova Nation! If you’re into such things, KenPom released his preseason rankings last night and Villanova is projected as the best team in the country! And they are just one of two teams (along with Arizona) projected to win every game currently on the schedule.
It is important to remember that these rankings are mostly based on what a team returns, and the caliber of recruit(s) that they are bringing in. The former is obviously weighted much more heavily, so bringing back guys like Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges meant a lot.
But, barring a major surprise, Villanova should (and is) once again considered a pretty heavy favorite to win the Big East and should be among the nation’s elite once again from the advanced stat guru’s point of view.
And now, the “news.”
2018 Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings | KenPom.com
The stats guru has released his 2018 preseason rankings and BOW DOWN BEFORE US, OUR REIGN OF TERROR CONTINUES!
Villanova to see 2018 guard, former Wisconsin commit Tyler Herro | Big East Coast Bias
Herro decommitted from the Badgers last week, and Villanova will reportedly head to the Midwest to see if they can get involved in his recruitment.
Big East Commissioner Ackerman excited about league’s growth | Rumble In The Garden
Improvements in television viewership, shiny new arenas and more bolster confidence.
Big 5 teams to raise money for hurricane victims | Delo Times
Add Villanova, Drexel and East Stroudsburg to the list of college basketball programs joining the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
One-and-dones may be scared off by Villanova, but Jay Wright continues to win without them | Zagsblog
Jay Wright and the Wildcats have won four straight Big East regular season titles and are now the favorites to win a fifth. What makes this stretch of success even more impressive is that Villanova hasn’t had a single one-and-done player
Patrick Ewing has the toughest job among college basketball's new coaches | CBSSports.com
A look at some of the biggest name coaches in new places in 2017.