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The Wildcats are all over the place this in this year’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 season

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! After a long and wonderful year that got extended by an overtime, Villanova’s reign as college basketball’s National Champions has come to a close. The new champs are Tony Bennett and the Virginia Cavaliers, a coach and program that Villanova’s Jay Wright has been close with during his recent run of success. The two teams have played three times in the past four seasons (twice in the regular season and one “secret scrimmage), and they’ve combined to win three of the past four National Championships. Just saying.

But now it’s time for the Wildcats and the rest of college basketball to focus on dethroning the new king, and that’s always marked by the immediate release of the “Way-Too-Early” Top 25. Everyone does them, and for Villanova it’s usually the same old, same old. The experts may disagree here and there, but Villanova’s consistency usually paints a clear picture of what to expect the following season.

Not so much this time around. I pulled together all of the early Top 25 polls I could find, twelve in all, and not a single one of them had Villanova ranked the same:

Villanova Basketball’s “Way-Too-Early Top 25” Rankings for 2019-2020

Source Nova 2020 Rank
Source Nova 2020 Rank
ESPN 5
NBC Sports 6
Sports Illustrated 7
Jeff Goodman 9
SB Nation 12
The Hotline 13
Hero Sports 15
Barttorvik 19
Duck Territory 20
Building the Dam 22
Jon Rothstein 24
Sporting News NR

There are so many wacky things about this list! The fact that ESPN ranked Nova the highest in the Top 5 may be my favorite (boy do they love a potential one and done). But I can’t say I blame any of these publications for being unsure of what Villanova will be next season. They’ll certainly be talented, but they’ll lack experience. They’ll have three juniors as captains, but they lost their senior leadership that also happened to be their last links to the 2016 National Championship. Even if you count Cole Swider as one of the guys who got significant playing time last season, that still leaves half of last year’s team that’s either completely new or didn’t see much of the court.

So I leave it to you Nova Nation. Where do you rank the Villanova Wildcats heading into the 2019-2020 season?

Poll

Where would you rank Villanova for the 2020 season?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    #1 - It’s an even year, we’re winning it all!
    (94 votes)
  • 23%
    Top 10 - Gonna bounce back in a big way
    (289 votes)
  • 40%
    Top 20 - Nova will be back in the second weekend
    (506 votes)
  • 16%
    Top 25 - Similar results to 2019
    (208 votes)
  • 5%
    Unranked - Too much youth
    (70 votes)
  • 5%
    I HAVE NO IDEA!!!
    (73 votes)
1240 votes total Vote Now

In other news, Phil Booth reflects on an amazing career and the NBA, Jalen Brunson’s stock continues to rise, and let’s just all forget yesterday when I said the Big East coaches weren’t going anywhere (St. John’s, you got me again). Enjoy!

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