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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for January 2, 2014

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring bone marrow donations, Marquette's horrifying season, and Butler's excitement in defeat.

Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! I am officially back in New York City, and so I hope to start making more sense and posting more frequently again. I'm sure you all did. n't miss me one bit though. On the plus side, my Purple Haze game drink has moved to 12-0.

How long can this streak last?

And now, the "news."

Emulating Szczur, UM’s Burke delivers late holiday gift with bone marrow donation |
Ryan Burke spent most of New Year’s Eve on the couch feeling sore and fatigued. That's because Burke donated bone marrow after signing up after seeing Matt Szczur's story on ESPN.

Daily Word: Big East has a lot to prove | ESPN
Myron Medcalf thinks that outside of Villanova, the BIG EAST hasn't proved much of anything so far. C.L. Brown rightly points out that the ACC hasn't lived up to expectations either.

Big East Conference debut shows there’s nothing worth changing | SI
Brian Hamilton thinks the new Big East is just fine and returning to Dave Gavitt's vision.

Report Cards: Bell & Pinkston are a tough duo | ESPN
It's a Villanova-Creighton race for the league title, with Xavier lurking, according to the Worldwide Leader in spin.

Nothing Changes on New Year's Eve for Marquette | Anonymous Eagle
Words like "morbid" and "directionless" are used to describe the Golden Eagles offense in AE's recap of their blowout loss to Creighton. Maybe Buzz's guys aren't going to turn it around? It's incredible to think these guys were basically the unanimous pick to win the conference.

Butler basketball comes out a winner figuratively, if not literally |
Good for these guys. You want schools that are REALLY happy to be a part of this conference, and Butler certainly is. It's going to be great having them in the fold. They really love their basketball.

Southern to play Champion Baptist again in 2014-15 |
Following up on yesterday's 104 point massacre, the two schools have agreed to play again to "clear the air" following Eric Capci's disdain for Southern's strategy to press Champion Baptist from start to finish.