This article is part of our Conference Preview series.Last year, I claimed that some team from the Big East needed to make some noise in the NCAA tournament. The BEast was in danger of slipping into mid-major territory, but Villanova put me in my place by rolling to a national championship. The Wildcats beat Kansas, Oklahoma and North Carolina on their way to the team's first championship since 1985. It was an impressive run and I won't mention the m-word again. The conference has plenty of returning talent, but Villanova is once again the clear favorite. The Wildcats have won the regular season championship in each of the three seasons since the conference kicked football to the curb (and became my favorite).
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