The first question is extremely easy to answer: Is Villanova going to be good? The answer is yes, they'll win the Big East (again) and their tournament run will depend on how good Super Freshman Omari Spellman ends up being.
The second questions is arguably even more important, though: Who should we be betting on? With college basketball, it always seems to be a 'shoot from the hip' situation. You can dig deep into advanced metrics on https://www.teamrankings.com/ncb/stats/, but really the most fun way to gamble is just to know which teams are good and then win money on them.
With that in mind, this week happens to be "Week of College Basketball Lists" on Barstool, hosted by your boy Reags. Yesterday's entry was the 50 best players in the country, which will allow us to cherry pick teams with two (and even three) elite players. Throw them in your memory bank and file them under "Good", and let's ride.
(Note: I'm pulling the Honorable Mentions from Reags' Twitter replies to people who asked him about certain players.)
Duke - #4 Marvin Bagley, #9 Grayson Allen, #25 Trevon Duval, #50 Wendell Carter
This is just plain unfair. Duke is returning Allen (a National Player of the Year contender) and surrounding him with:
- Duval (the top point guard in this year's freshman class)
- Carter (the second-best power forward and fifth overall recruit in the class),
- Bagley (the top power forward and top overall player in the entire class)
Arizona - #6 Allonzo Trier, #15 DeAndre Ayton
Michigan State - #1 Miles Bridges, #31 Nick Ward
Villanova - #2 Jalen Brunson, #43 Donte Divincenzo
Seton Hall - #5 Angel Delgado, #42 Khadeen Carrington
Notre Dame - #10 Bonzie Colson, #28 Matt Farrell
Xavier - #7 Trevon Bluiett, #44 JP Macura
Kentucky - #19 Hami Diallo, #29 Kevin Knox
USC - #24 Chime Metu, #27 Bennie Boatwright
Cincinnati - #30 Jacob Evans, HM Gary Clark
Maryland - #35 Justin Jackson, HM Kevin Huerter
Providence - HM Kyron Cartwright, HM Rodney Bullock