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Villanova Basketball: 5 Early Predictions For 2014-15 Season

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Villanova Basketball: 5 Early Predictions For 2014-15 Season

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The Villanova Wildcats figure to be back with a vengeance as another college basketball season gets set to begin. Villanova returns four starters from their 29-win team from last season and should challenge for another Big East Conference title to go along with a third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Here are five early predictions for coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats heading into 2014-15.

5. Daniel Ochefu Will Double His Scoring Average This Season

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5. Daniel Ochefu Will Double His Scoring Average This Season

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As Villanova’s tallest player at 6-foot-11, Ochefu will be counted on to provide some punch in the middle for the Wildcats. Already a good rebounder and defender, Ochefu’s improvement on offense will become a key factor if Villanova hopes to repeat as Big East champions this season.

4. Darrun Hilliard Will Lead Wildcats In Scoring

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4. Darrun Hilliard Will Lead Wildcats In Scoring

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A versatile threat from the wing, Hilliard is coming off a strong junior season in which the 6-foot-6 swingman averaged 14.3 points per game. Considered one of the Big East’s best shooters, Hilliard’s will become Villanova’s top offensive option after last year’s leading scorer James Bell used up his eligibility following the 2013-14 season.

3. JayVaughn Pinkston Will Be Named All-Conference

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3. JayVaughn Pinkston Will Be Named All-Conference

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A physical presence in the middle, Pinkston averaged 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest for the Wright and the Wildcats last season. Pinkston’s combination of aggressiveness and savvy should allow him to improve on those numbers this season and land him a spot on the Big East’s All-Conference squad.

2. Villanova Will Win the Big East

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2. Villanova Will Win the Big East

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The Wildcats were impressive throughout the conference season last year, racking up a 16-2 record on the way to winning the Big East title. More of the same is expected this season as Villanova returns the league’s most experienced and balanced team heading into 2014-15. If the Wildcats perform up to expectations, another conference title is well within reach.

1. The Wildcats Will Win At Least One Game in the NCAA Tournament

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1. The Wildcats Will Win At Least One Game in the NCAA Tournament

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With a plethora of skilled guards and four starters back from last year’s team, Villanova has all the pieces to make a nice run once the NCAA Tournament gets underway. Taking all that into account, It would be surprising if the Wildcats didn’t win at least one game in the Big Dance. How long they remain in the tourney will likely depend upon how their frontcourt performs in later rounds.