Villanova Basketball finished last season ranked high in the nation. How much have expectations increased for the upcoming season?
Villanova Basketball has been the pinnacle of success in not just the Big East, but college basketball. Since 2015, the Wildcats have won two national championships, five Big East regular-season titles and four Big East Conference Tournament titles.
The Wildcats were a top 10 team in the nation last year and 100% of their scoring came from underclassmen, only one senior who played two total minutes last season is graduating. This means their whole team may be back! (more on this on the next slide).
And we can’t forget about Jay Wright, the Wildcats head coach continues to get the most out of his weaker teams and utilize all the talent from his stronger teams. Wright has had one losing season since the 2004-05 season and has racked up 420 wins, a 76% win percentage, six Big East Coach of the Year Awards and those aforementioned championships. The 2017-18 Villanova team was considered one of the strongest in college basketball history, and even last season the 2018-19 team quietly hung around the top 10 and took down #1 Kansas.
However, there’s a lot more about Villanova than what meets the eye. There’s a key NBA Draft decision that could sway their season and a former five-star recruit who is finally healthy and ready to unleash his potential.
So let’s jump into 3 key storylines for Villanova this season. Then, I’ll give the teams’ ceiling, floor, and my prediction on how they’re season will go.