9. Villanova Wildcats Previous: 8
If there was a year for Big East teams to slow down Villanova, last season was the one — and the Wildcats still won an outright Big East regular-season title.
And now, despite losing seniors Phil Booth and Eric Paschall, Villanova should be better than last season and back in the national discussion.
One of the biggest keys will be the health of five-star shooting guard Bryan Antoine, who suffered a shoulder injury that could impact the start of his college career.
Fellow five-star freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl will be one of the best players in the Big East.
Collin Gillespie, Jermaine Samuels and Saddiq Bey are returning as starters.