Head Coach: Jay Wright entering his 13th season at Nova'. His career overall record is 257-144, 1 regular season championship in 2006, 10 NCAA Tournament bids.
Games To Watch: December 7th vs. Saint Joseph's, December 15th vs. La Salle, December 28th vs. Syracuse, January 25th vs. No. 17 Marquette, February 16th vs. Creighton, March 8th vs. Georgetown
What Went Wrong Last Season:
Old Faces, Same Home:
Luckily, the same twenty-win team that lacked consistency is returning with some fresher faces to add a more emphatic punch to the roster. Though the Wildcats lost two big post presences, Sutton and Yarou, Ochefu should be ready to fill the shoes of the former seniors. This will cause Nova' to test the waters in the frontcourt for the first time in a long time and move Pinkston to the power forward spot beside Ochefu.
Strong Bench, Strong Chances:
A major weakness for Villanova last season was their lack of a deep rotation that could keep them in games down the stretch at the end of the season. With the additions of Hart, Ennis (who's out for the beginning of the season with a fractured hand), Jenkins, Reynolds and returning senior Tony Chennault, Wright has a bunch of pieces to play with for the season opener against Lafayette on November 8th.
Oh, and this is why you should be excited that Ennis is back.
Dylan Ennis Dunk at Villanova's Hoops Mania (via NovaAthletics)