Happy Tuesday to the fine people of VU Hoops!
In case if somehow you weren’t obsessively pressing refresh on the college basketball rankings web page yesterday, waiting for the final week of 2017-18 rankings to turn into 2018-19 preseason rankings, we had you covered on Monday! (Spoiler alert: Villanova is ranked No. 9.)
The season is just around the corner and preseason poll talks have injected new life in generating buzz around November tip-off. So while we wait patiently for that Nov. 6 Morgan State game, be prepared for tons of reactions and discussion for whether or not the ‘Cats can win it all again in April.
Before we head onto the links, has anyone noticed how ESPN and other media outlets seem to focusing on what ‘Nova is losing and not what the Wildcats are bringing back? On the bright side, the Villanova alumni have been doing pretty well in the NBA so far, keeping us entertained in the mean time.
College basketball why your team won’t reach the Final Four | ESPN
The AP preseason poll is out. Kansas, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Duke and the others in the top 10 are thinking Final Four. Not so fast. Every team has flaws.
No. 5 Villanova: The reigning national champs lost four players to the NBA | NBC Sports
Will the reigning national champions find a way to repeat?
Mikal Bridges shows in debut why Phoenix Suns should give him minutes | Bright Side Of The Sun
Welcome to the Mikal Bridges bandwagon, there's plenty of room for the state of Arizona to hop on and join us Nationers.
Mavericks rookie Jalen Brunson keeps working to never back down | Chicago Tribune
Mavericks' second-round pick Jalen Brunson, who led Stevenson to a state championship, never has lost focus on what's important.
2018-19 Big East Men’s Basketball Preseason Awards | Anonymous Eagle
We passed out some ballots and here’s what turned up.
College Basketball AP Top 25: Villanova 9th in preseason ranking | Big East Coast Bias
The Wildcats are ninth in the poll, but did manage to pick up a first-place vote.