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in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dwayne Bacon of the Seminoles should give the NCAA tourney lots of offensive sizzle. On the West Coast, sensational freshman guard Lonzo Ball excited Bruins fans early in the season. He was one of six Bruins, including Bryce Alford and TJ Leaf, scoring more than 10 points a game in coach Steve Alford’s high-octane offense. Even so, Arizona and Oregon both started 7-0 in Pac-12 play and looked like prime time players for March. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim called Roy Williams one of the best to coach college basketball - “no doubt about it” - after North Carolina defeated the Orange for Williams’ 800th career win. Justin Jackson, Joel Berry II, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks could lead the Tar Heels back to the Final Four. Of course, the defending champs from Villanova are thinking in those terms as well. Villanova, led by the superman play of Hart, looked like the best team in the nation again and, once again, the Big East is the place to go for classic showdowns, night after night. Jay Wright’s team slipped at Marquette but the Wildcats are efficient and they are a family. No one in the NCAA field looks forward to playing Philadelphia’s finest. And no one has won back-to-back titles since Florida in 2006 and 2007. In a record-breaking season of milestones and lofty goals, perhaps Villanova will add another chapter to NCAA history. It wouldn’t be perfection, but it would be pretty close. Ken Davis is a freelance writer/author and frequent contributor to Time-Out.

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