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Villanova is locked and loaded for another title defense

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Even as they wait for NBA decisions, the Wildcats are already preparing for another deep run in the tournament.

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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! Well it’s official, everyone wants to be a Wildcat. For the third consecutive week, Villanova has landed a big time recruit. This time it was grad transfer Joe Cremo, who will be able to play immediately as Villanova looks to defend their National Championship. Even if Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman decide to stay in the NBA draft, the addition of Cremo ensures that the Wildcats will contend next season.

In the same day, Villanova brought in another member of the team that can make an instant impact next season. Or more accurately, brought back. Dwayne Anderson will return to the team he took to the Final Four as the new Director of Basketball Operations. Anderson was a key recruiter for Penn State for the last several seasons, and he’ll be a great asset for the staff. Jay Wright continues to maintain Villanova’s culture by developing his staff in house, including bringing on former players.

In other “news”, Duke is dropping in the Vegas odds, while Nova continues to rise. Enjoy!

Transfer Joe Cremo could be a key to repeating as NCAA champions | CBSSports.com
The reigning national champions aren't slowing down to find out if Donte DiVincenzo and/or Omari Spellman are coming back

Dwayne Anderson to return to Villanova on Jay Wright's coaching staff | Philly
Anderson, a starter on the Wildcats' 2009 Final Four team, will be the team's director of basketball operations after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State.

Duke Falls in Latest 2019 March Madness Futures; Villanova & Gonzaga Climb | Sports Betting Dime
The early 2019 NCAA Tournament odds have shifted since April. The Blue Devils' are longer despite adding Joey Baker, another 5-star freshman, while Villanova is shorter and may just keep trending in that direction. Learn where to find value in the 2019 NCAA basketball championship odds.