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Villanova looks like a - if not the - NCAA Tournament favorite

Along with Duke, the ‘Cats appear a step above the field.

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Happy Monday, ‘Nova Nation! We’re headed back to the Sweet 16 and to a ‘Nova Nation favorite city and it feels gooooooooooooooood.

Much praise was heaped upon our ‘Cats all weekend and for good reason, but if you ask Coach Wright, he thinks this team is different than the 2016 team that cut down the nets, even if the insane shooting and lockdown defense are giving you deja vu.

One thing I hope isn’t different? The utter oblieration of the opponent. Let’s keep smashing them to bits. I want children crying in the stands.

(Too much?)

And now, the “news.”

Villanova makes March Madness trip to Boston once again, but Jay Wright says this squad is different | Philly.com
The Wildcats are not thinking about extra karma because the 2009 team won the East Region in Boston.

March Madness 2018: Villanova beats Alabama, has clear Final Four path | SBNation.com
The Wildcats look like they’re in total control.

Villanova hopes a younger roster can match previous March Madness success | Philly.com
The No. 1 seed Wildcats, who won their first two NCAA East Regional games by a combined 49 points, have no scholarship seniors on their roster and use three freshmen in their rotation.

March Madness 2018: Villanova's four NBA players and deadly offense silence doubters | CBSSports.com
Villanova belongs in the group of modern bluebloods, and it's time to acknowledge that.

What Duke and Villanova learned from UMBC stunner | New York Post
You better believe there were aftershocks across the March Madness landscape in the wake of UMBC’s historic Friday night massacre of Virginia.

The heavyweights are looking good after the first weekend | SI.com
Villanova looks like it could be in the early stages of a run that ends with a net-cutting in San Antonio.

Mikal Bridges' growth at Villanova underscores value of college game | Sporting News
“Hey, gimme your hand,” Paschall said. Bridges, knowing what was coming but a great teammate even with this sort of silliness, reluctantly complied. Paschall reacted as if he’d just placed his hand on a sizzling griddle. He even made a hissing sound.

For Villanova, the three B's were building blocks | Bob Ford | Philly.com
Juniors Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges and Phil Booth had to lead the way for the Wildcats this season.

Sophomore Ace Baldwin getting early looks from top programs | Rivals
The St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) sophomore is starting to get interest from Villanova.

Boston three-party next as Villanova shoots down Alabama | The Athletic
Such simple math seems to be working well for the Wildcats, who spent the past few days making like Oprah at Christmas: And you get a 3! And you get a 3! And you get a 3!