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    Quote Originally Posted by Xville View Post
    Villanova will be the favorite and they should be.

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    And they have two mc d all americans who will contribute right away as well as another top 50 recruit.

    While x has a good recruiting class, nova is in a different "league" right now.

    Nova has three returning starters and a better recruiting class, I regrettably pick them...again

    I will say that where x has an advantage is that our core 4 will be in their second year of being primary scoring options...bey and Samuels will be adjusting to that role.
    Nova will be the favorite but they have plenty of question marks. They were so reliant on booth and Paschall last year. I’m not impressed by anyone they have coming back. Like us, even more so, they’ll be banking on freshmen to be really impactful.
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    Villanova will be the favorite and they should be.

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    I just don’t see it. What am I missing here? None of those 5 have proven to be better than ANY of our core 4. Yes, their incoming freshman are tops in conference for sure. The two 5 stars will certainly come out smokin’ hot and Eric Dixon at 6’7” 270 is a carbon copy of Eric Paschall. However, I see no logical reason to put Nova above X. They lost their 2 best players/LEADERS and I don’t see anyone in that group to emerge as a clear cut “leader”. BUT....they do have Jay Wright, which is nice.
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    I agree. Replacing Boothe and Paschall will be a tall order. They killed us.
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    I put Nova there by default until they show otherwise. They lost 4 players to the NBA from two years ago and still won the BE this past year. Jay Wright also is heads and shoulders above any other coach in the conference so that gives them a boost as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuperman View Post
    I just don’t see it. What am I missing here? None of those 5 have proven to be better than ANY of our core 4. Yes, their incoming freshman are tops in conference for sure. The two 5 stars will certainly come out smokin’ hot and Eric Dixon at 6’7” 270 is a carbon copy of Eric Paschall. However, I see no logical reason to put Nova above X. They lost their 2 best players/LEADERS and I don’t see anyone in that group to emerge as a clear cut “leader”. BUT....they do have Jay Wright, which is nice.
    Agreed that the returning players are not of the caliber that Nova normally has. I think they will be tough, but very beatable.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-West & PO-Z View Post
    I put Nova there by default until they show otherwise. They lost 4 players to the NBA from two years ago and still won the BE this past year. Jay Wright also is heads and shoulders above any other coach in the conference so that gives them a boost as well.
    Points 1 and 3 are spot on. Point 2 is obviously true but can’t say this was a great feat (not suggesting you did) with the down BE year, still having two first team players, and with the most talented team in league has Wojo as their HC. That 2018 was truly loaded and it will be interesting to see how the role players respond. As we witnessed, could have some serious growing pains.

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