Last year Villanova had something to prove.
Same thing this year, but for a vastly different reason.
Last season Jay Wright's Wildcats were trying to shed their reputation for early exits from the NCAA Tournament.
Today, as they kick off play in Buffalo vs. Mount St. Mary's, they do so as the defending national champions, as well as the No. 1 seed in the entire tournament.
Yes, once again the 'Cats have something to prove. And that huge target on their backs is not going to go away.
They do have an advantage many teams do not, however.
On our editorial page recently, we referred to it as the 'Wright Stuff.'
Make sure you follow our Villanova beat writer Terry Toohey, who will be with the Wildcats every step of the way as they seek to repeat. Today Terry profiles Great Valley grad Mikal Bridges,
who could wind up being a 1st round NBA Draft pick. Terry also has a preview of tonight's opponent, Mount St. Mary
And if all that is not enough, make sure you pick up a copy of our special NCAA tournament section, including a special full-color poster page of Villanova star Kris Jenkins. It's inside every copy of today's Daily Times.