Bracket projection: Villanova
An athletic and strong defense could take the Wildcats to the Final Four
The Villanova Wildcats lead the "new" Big East into this year's Big Dance. No longer the gauntlet the conference once was, will a fresher Villanova squad ride its high seed to a deep run and put recent early exits in the rearview mirror?
ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.
Best wins: vs. Kansas, vs. Iowa (OT), at Xavier
Worst losses: vs. Creighton, at Creighton
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