Villanova Basketball: 3 biggest threats in non-conference play

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Villanova Basketball doesn’t have the toughest non-conference schedule as it stands, but that doesn’t mean they won’t face any challenges.

The Villanova Wildcats are defending national champions entering the 2018-19 season. Given those odds, they will get every team’s best game, especially in non-conference play. Villanova will need to replace top scorers Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson and unsung hero of the championship game, Donte DiVincenzo.

Luckily for them, their 2018 recruiting class boasts crafty point guard Jahvon Quinerly and sharpshooter Cole Swider. They will have some challenges currently on the schedule to get their incoming prepared for the road ahead.

One interesting test for them will be Nov. 22-25 during the Advocare Invitational Tournament in Orlando, Florida. The field has two other NCAA Tournament teams in the Florida State Seminoles and the Charleston Cougars as well. Along with them, the Memphis Tigers, LSU Tigers and Oklahoma State Cowboys among others.

The Wildcats will try to repeat as national champions donning a completely different look this upcoming season. Ahead of them will be some difficult opponents with NCAA Tournament aspirations of their own. Here’s a look at their Top 3 biggest threats on their non-conference schedule for 2018-19.

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