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    ESPN: Villanova or the Field?

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    As the countdown begins to the start of the 2019-20 college basketball season on Nov. 5, ESPN.com's panel of experts is making its predictions for all of the nation's top leagues. We begin with the Big East, where the Villanova Wildcats will begin a defense of their fifth regular-season title in the past six years, albeit in a league that has recently been one of the nation's toughest gantlets from top to bottom

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    X picked as high as 3rd and as low as 4th.
    "He's a little bit ball-dominant, he needs to have the ball in his hands, and he's not a good shooter." Ball-dominant … isn't that a nice way of calling someone a ball hog? Where is my Jay Bilas Thesaurus?

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    Somebody with ESPN should know that the spelling is gauntlet.

    No love for XU in this piece. That's okay. Seton Hall and Providence can get their ink now. Musketeers can get it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirthought View Post
    Somebody with ESPN should know that the spelling is gauntlet.

    No love for XU in this piece. That's okay. Seton Hall and Providence can get their ink now. Musketeers can get it later.
    They keep spellcheck and all of their recruiting knowledge in the same thimble.

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    This space for rent.

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    Gantlet is an accepted, if less frequently used, spelling.

    Sorry to be that guy :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbiemcgee View Post
    The author likes Xavier a bit more, but the consensus of the whole group is still pretty much fourth place. I'm fine with that. The team has a lot to prove, honestly. I think they have a lot of great potential. We'll just see how well they bring it all together.

    The conference is going to be much improved overall, but there's no runaway pick right now in mind.

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    Well, Coach Steele has plenty to motivate with from both of these polls. There are a combined 10 different “experts” and only TWO of the 10 picks X higher than 4th! No one here seems to consider the impact our core 4 will have based on their experience and productivity from last year.

    Here’s what we know, the core 4 are among the top 17 returning scorers in the BE. Four teams have 2 of the 17 and the other five teams have 1. X ALSO features THREE of the top 10 returning assist men and do very well in returning rebounders. Not to mention minutes played out the wazoo (experience). So, STATISTICALLY we have clear separation on offense from the rest of the conference among RETURNING players but there are several key newcomers that will change this dynamic (Yurtseven, McEwan, Pipkins etc.) and some high potential freshman. However, X has those bases covered as well as anyone!

    Now if the stifling Defense we saw late last year continues, and there’s no reason to think it won’t, I have a hard time understanding how we’re not picked at the top by some of these people. I guess the Nova/GQJ lovefest is just too much to overcome but hey, this pre-season prognostication means very little...other than some excellent bulletin board material for Coach and CHIPS for everyone’s shoulders!!
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    Who cares about preseason ink? Just saying X always does better with no Target on our back

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    Quote Originally Posted by stammina0721 View Post
    Who cares about preseason ink? Just saying X always does better with no Target on our back
    This reads like a "sneaking up on people" comment.
    X A V I E R

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    Quote Originally Posted by xudash View Post
    This reads like a "sneaking up on people" comment.
    barf. It is sooo A10-ish.

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