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Staff Predictions for the 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Season

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We did a bit of preseason polling ourselves.

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14 VU Hoops staff members offered their predictions for the 2017-18 Villanova Wildcats’ season.

They predicted the outcome for every game this year, answered will ‘Nova win the Big East regular season and/or tournament titles, and gave how far the team would go in March—as well as some team awards.

The VU Hoops staff unanimously picked Villanova to win its fifth-straight Big East regular season title, but only six members thought the Wildcats would win another Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

As for the NCAA Tournament, it was mixed. Six predicted the ‘Cats to go as far as the Elite Eight, while the remainder of the votes were split at four between the Sweet 16 and Final Four.

A majority thought that Jalen Brunson will be the leading scorer this season, with Donte DiVincenzo right behind. Brunson edged DiVincenzo, 8-6. However, Brunson left no doubt in the VU Hoops Staff’s mind, as he was the overwhelming favorite to be Team MVP.

For Most Improved, five different names were listed, but Eric Paschall got the most votes with six.

Here is how each member of the VU Hoops staff voted and predicted each outcome. (Table scrolls left and right on computers.) What do you think? Agree or disagree? Discuss your sentiments and your own predictions in the comments section.

2017-18 Staff Predictions

Prediction Brendan Mike J. Jack Brooks Greg Welsh David Cassilo Billy Vinci Ryan Bowman Eugene Rapay Kalee Smith Courtney Schultz Dania Haughton Erin Keaveny Catherine Ryan Chris Lane
Prediction Brendan Mike J. Jack Brooks Greg Welsh David Cassilo Billy Vinci Ryan Bowman Eugene Rapay Kalee Smith Courtney Schultz Dania Haughton Erin Keaveny Catherine Ryan Chris Lane
vs Columbia Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Nicholls State Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Lafayette (N) Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Western Kentucky (N) Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Tennessee or Purdue (N) Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
Win Battle for Atlantis? (likely vs Arizona) Nova Nova Arizona Arizona Nova Arizona Nova Nova Arizona Nova Arizona Nova Nova Arizona
vs Penn Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at St. Joe's Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Gonzaga (N) Nova Nova Nova Nova Gonzaga Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Gonzaga Nova Gonzaga
vs La Salle Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at Temple Nova Nova Nova Nova Temple Nova Nova Nova Temple Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Hofstra (N) Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at DePaul Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at Butler Nova Butler Nova Nova Butler Nova Butler Nova Butler Butler Butler Butler Butler Nova
vs Marquette Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Xavier Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at St. John's Nova St. John's Nova Nova St. John's Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at Georgetown Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at UConn Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Providence Providence Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Providence Providence Nova Providence
at Marquette Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Creighton Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Seton Hall Nova Seton Hall Nova Seton Hall Nova Nova Nova Seton Hall Seton Hall Seton Hall Nova Seton Hall Nova Seton Hall
vs St. John's Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
vs Butler Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at Providence Nova Nova Nova Providence Nova Providence Providence Providence Providence Providence Nova Nova Providence Nova
at Xavier Xavier Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Xavier Nova Nova Nova Xavier Nova Nova Xavier
vs DePaul Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at Creighton Nova Creighton Nova Nova Creighton Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
at Seton Hall Seton Hall Nova Seton Hall Nova Nova Seton Hall Nova Seton Hall Nova Nova Nova Nova Seton Hall Nova
vs Georgetown Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
Big East Reg. Season Finish Champs #1 Champs Champs Champs Champs Champs Champs Champs Champs Champs #1 #1 Champs
Big East Tournament Finish Champs Loss in Finals Champs Champs Loss in Finals Loss in 2nd round Loss in Finals Lose in Finals Lose in Finals Champs Champs Loss in finals Champs Lose in Final
NCAA Finish Elite 8 Sweet 16 Final 4 Elite 8 Elite 8 Final 4 Final 4 Sweet 16 Sweet 16 Elite 8 Sweet 16 Elite 8 Elite 8 Final 4
Leading Scorer Donte DiVincenzo Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Donte DiVincenzo Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Donte DiVincenzo Donte DiVencenzo Donte DiVincenzo Jalen Brunson Donte DiVincenzo
Most Improved Phil Booth D. Painter Donte DiVincenzo Donte DiVincenzo Mikal Bridges Phil Booth Eric Paschall Eric Paschall Dylan Painter Eric Paschall Eric Paschall Dylan Painter Eric Paschall Eric Paschall
Team MVP Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson (Did Not Answer) Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Omari Spellman Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson