Predicted Order of Finish, according to Sports Illustrated
Villanova has won five of the last six Big East regular-season titles, and a mix of returning starters and a standout recruiting class can again lead the Wildcats to the top of the pack. While losing key cogs from last year’s squad that exited in the second round of the NCAA tournament in both Phil Booth and Eric Paschall, Jay Wright is returning junior Collin Gillespie alongside Saddiq Bey and Jermaine Samuels (above) while adding impressive freshmen in Robinson-Earl and Bryan Antoine.
While rehab from shoulder surgery may sideline Antoine, the Wildcats are positioned to stay atop the Big East if the team’s returning starters and newcomers can make up for lost production.
Wright is no stranger to making his player’s shine in his system, as he’s done with recent Wildcats drafted to the NBA such as Paschall, Ryan Arcidiacono, Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart and more, and this season will likely be no different. Seton Hall will be right on Villanova’s tail, but the Wildcats’ talent level will make them tough to beat.