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Could Villanova start the season at #1?

If DiVincenzo and Spellman both return, it’s a real possibility

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Happy Monday Nova Nation! Quick and dirty this morning as yours truly may or may not (or absolutely did) forget he was on links duty today.

But first, a quick thought on the the scenarios the Villanova Wildcats face with two of their best players already having one foot in the NBA. If both of them return, Nova is likely the favorites for another Championship. If just one of the pair return, they’re still in the running but probably not out in front. The rumor mill seems to think this is the most likely scenario, especially after Friday’s news about Villanova reaching out to what could be viewed as a DiVincenzo replacement.

But if both Spellman and DiVincenzo decide to move on to the NBA, Villanova will likely be out of the Championship conversation. At least at the start of the season. They’ll be without a proven dynamic scorer and without an elite big man, both of which the team had in all of their three Championships. I’m not saying they can’t have another great season without these two, just that it would be a really tough obstacle to overcome.

In other “news”, Justin Moore is awesome, Father Rob is awesome, and Art McColgan was awesome. Enjoy!

Podcast: Should Villanova be No. 1 if Omari Spellman and Donte DiVincenzo both return? |
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander also discuss Villanova's NBA Draft implications and the Memphis-Kentucky recruiting battle for James Wiseman.

Villanova, Louisville, Maryland and Wake Forest are all after DeMatha star Justin Moore | The Washington Post
Moore said Villanova’s in-home visit was the most elaborate of his four, with PowerPoint slides playing, videos of the campus, explanations of the job opportunities available and lists of players Villanova has sent to the NBA.

How ‘Nova basketball is with the (spiritual) program – Catholic Philly
Sitting down with Father Rob Hagan, O.S.A., from @Villanova Basketball to talk about faith and the spiritual core of the championship-winning program. Thanks to Donte Divincenzo for the impromptu interview in the parking lot.

Saginaw's Art McColgan named 1948 Retro Mr. Basketball |
McColgan led SS. Peter & Paul to three straight Class C state championship games, including a 52-game winning streak. He played two seasons under Al Severance at Villanova.