The Daily Quickie Love List:
I love that the Wildcats came back this season with a chip on their shoulder after last year’s rip-off in the NCAA Tournament. I love that they run a 4-guard offense and force other teams to match up with them. I love that their fans set a state record for college hoops attendance last night during their win over UConn. All signs pointing to this being one of those years?
The latest rankings show Villanova at No. 4, but it’s easy to make a case that they’re the top team in the country after the Wildcats beat No. 1 UConn last night in front of the biggest crowd to ever see a college basketball game in Pennsylvania.
What gives ‘Nova an edge over other No. 1 contenders like Duke, Memphis and Gonzaga? I’d say it’s two components of their schedule: ‘Nova is in first place in the Big East, the deepest conference in the country.
And none of the others have notched as big of a win as Nova did last night, over a No. 1 team. That should be enough to vault them over Duke into the No. 1 RPI spot. (For now, they have a rematch at UConn in two weeks.)
Good thing that a debate over college hoops’ No. 1 is academic; the Tournament will prove whether Nova’s 4-guard offense (79 pct of points last night), 3-point shooting (7/9 in 2nd half) and underrated frontcourt depth (Will Sheridan: 13 pts, 10 reb) are enough to win 6 in a row.
[Also, check out the poll, where Villanova is winning the “Who is the best team in college hoops right now?” vote with 38%]