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The Sun’s Arizin: Villanova Basketball’s Way-Too-Early Rankings

It’s that time of year again, where do the experts project the 2023 Wildcats?

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! The streak continues as Kansas won the 2022 National Championship. If the Jayhawks and Wildcats are facing off in the tournament, it’s now basically a scientific fact that the winner will claim the title. As an added bonus, Villanova remains the lowest seed to ever win the tournament after 8 Seed UNC blew a 15 point halftime lead.

And so the 2022 season is officially completed, which means the 2023 season needs to start as soon as possible. That’s right, it’s Way-Too-Early rankings season! All of this will get thrown out the window over the next few weeks as the transfer portal heats up and players leave for pro careers, but it is interesting to see where the talking heads see Villanova next season given they’re losing 2 starters for the first time since 2019.

Here’s where Villanova was ranked in five of the future facing polls:

  • ESPN: 13th
  • Stadium: 13th
  • Athletic: 14th
  • CBS: 15th
  • SI: 16th

Mid to Early teens is pretty respectful for a program losing two key players and possibly being without its three leading scorers. It says a lot about where Jay Wright has gotten this program, and the benefit of the doubt that he will have a new group of guys ready to step up as he has time and time again.

But there will be a new wrinkle next season, one Villanova hasn’t faced in a long time. In every single one of these polls, Creighton is ranked ahead of Villanova. In fact, three of the five polls have Creighton as a Top 10 team. For the first time since the 2013-14 season, Villanova may not be the Big East coaches pick to win the conference.

Looking around the rest of the Big East, UConn and Xavier each showed up in a poll, but only Nova and Creighton appear in all five.

In other news...

Way-Too-Early Top 25s

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The Bruins are the pick for the top team to start the 2022-23 season ahead of No. 2 North Carolina

Jeff Goodman’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 for 2022-23 | Stadium
It's already that time of the year.

UCLA, Kentucky, Arkansas lead Seth Davis’ way-too-early top 25 for 2022-23 | The Athletic
Defending national champion Kansas and young but extremely talented Duke also check into Davis' top 10.

Villanova Men’s Basketball

Jay Wright made clear Villanova is just getting started. | Inquirer
Wright took no consolation in the Wildcats' reaching the national semis. Which is all the reason to think they'll be back soon enough.

How Much Are Final Four Games Worth to Villlanova University? | Vista Today
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NBA Wildcats

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Villanova Athletics

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NCAA Tournament

Ochai Agbaji named Most Outstanding Player after winning 2022 NCAA tournament championship | NCAA.com
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Where do Kansas Jayhawks, Bill Self rank in NCAA titles | Raleigh News & Observer
KU men’s basketball team wins fourth national championship, breaks tie with Villanova. Coach moves into elite company with second trophy after win over UNC.