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Villanova’s dominant exhibition win will only fuel expectations

So that did nothing to calm me down. This team is good.

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Happy Thursday, ‘Nova Nation! So last night was fun, and frankly did nothing to temper my expectations for this team. It was clear from the start that Jay Wright was trying to give his new pieces plenty of run to figure out what he had and didn’t roll with his best lineup for major minutes.

And Drexel is pretty bad. That must be said.

But honestly, I’m more than encouraged by what I saw. Some concerns - like outside shooting - remain for me. But I’m convinced this team can be very good on defense, and has the athletes to wreak a lot of havoc if they want to play more uptempo this year.

When’s the first real game? Can it be now?

And now, the “news.”

Villanova starting over, but big NCAA Tournament goals remain |
Expectations on the Main Line are high as usual, although the Wildcats' talented and deep lineup faces a tough schedule.

Challenging schedule will test Villanova all season
The Wildcats, whose home court is being renovated, will play most of their home games at the Wells Fargo Center.

2018 Big East basketball preview | ESPN
The Big East might not put seven teams in the NCAA tournament again in 2018, but the top of the league is very good. Villanova is again the favorite, but Xavier and Seton Hall aren't far behind.

Villanova still playing for something significant
The Wildcats could get into the postseason by winning their next three games, starting Saturday.

Villanova Preview Capsule | USA TODAY
The Wildcats were picked to win their fifth straight regular-season conference title, Brunson was chosen as the conference's preseason player of the year, and Spellman was selected freshman of the year. The 2016 national champions should again be among the small group of programs that can win it all on that first Monday in April.

Patrick Ewing plans to bring Georgetown Hoya back to prominence as new head coach | ESPN
Georgetown's favorite son now leads the program he put on the map, bringing a wealth of experience -- though none of it as a head coach -- and high hopes of restoring the Hoyas to prominence.