New Bloods Gonzaga, Villanova Still Thriving Amid Pandemic
College basketball's new bloods have continued to play well while the bluebloods have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. Programs like top-ranked Gonzaga and No. 5 Villanova continue to thrive through the stops and starts of the 2020-21 season with veteran-led teams. Traditional bluebloods like Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas that often rely heavily on star freshmen have struggled to find consistency after a short lead-up to the season.