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Villanova’s found the recipe for success — and now they have pros to boot

Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges are the cherry on top.


TGIF, ‘Nova Nation! Shout out to Will for flagging this article on Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges, breaking down their games and their pro potential. It’s a good read!

And it’s also a major reason why I think the national media is so bullish on Villanova. Nobody has doubted the roster continuity, but in previous years there has been a big chorus of dobuters citing the lack of pros on the roster. There goes that argument.

And now, the “news.”

NBA Draft watch: Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson give Villanova serious pro potential | Sporting News
Villanova has perfected the recipe for college success...and now they have 2 bonafide pros on their roster.

UConn-Villanova: Jay Wright Reigns In Big East, Where Basketball's Still King | Hartford Courant
Villanova coach Jay Wright brings the top-ranked Wildcats to play UConn on Saturday, a reunion of old Big East rivals who have gone their separate ways.

Villanova administers a beating — and a lesson — to Georgetown | The Washington Post
Top-ranked Wildcats show Hoyas how it’s done. Here’s hoping Patrick Ewing’s team was paying attention.

Watching #1 | Power Line
Last night, I saw the Villanova basketball team take on Georgetown in Washington, D.C. I attended not because I expected an interesting contest, nor did I see one. Villanova was at least 40 points ahead when, with about three minutes to go, coach Jay Wright pulled his starters. Rather, I went because I wanted to see the Number One ranked college basketball team in the country.

Mikal Bridges opens up about working his way into Villanova’s starting lineup | FOX Sports
In case you missed the Bridges feature on the Georgetown pregame.

College basketball conference power rankings according to BPI | ESPN
Should the Big 12, ACC or another conference be considered the best in college basketball? We asked the Basketball Power Index, which said the Big 12 is best from top to bottom, though the Big Ten's national championship odds are superior.

College Basketball Power Rankings: Villanova stands tall, West Virginia slips hard | Sporting News
Wildcats coach Jay Wright has his team operating like a well-oiled machine.