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The Sun's Arizin: Who's the biggest challenger to Villanova in the Big East?


Huuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaaay! That was a legitimately fun night of hoops. I forgot that basketball could be fun when you just want to enjoy the games and don't have a perceived life or death rooting interest. I'm going watch more non-Villanova basketball more often!

Going to be working on National Signing Day stuff (NSD is next Wednesday) for the next few days, so excuse the absence if you feel I'm OTG.

And now, the "news."

Daily Word: Xavier Musketeers or Providence Friars best to challenge Villanova | ESPN
I vote Xavier, but interested to hear your thoughts.

Forde Minutes: Villanova is the Big East's futility problem | Yahoo Sports

Women's CBB: Hoyas snap conference losing streak against Villanova | The Georgetown Voice
The Georgetown women’s basketball team (10-9, 3-6 Big East) beat out Villanova (12-7, 6-3 Big East) 57-51 on Sunday afternoon in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

Down the stretch, will a great regular season for the Big East be forgotten? | Rumble In The Garden
Down the stretch, will a great regular season for the Big East be forgotten if the teams don't reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament?

Big East Teams Reassert Themselves and Set Sights on Tournament Runs | The New York Times
In the third season since its reconfiguration, the conference has three teams in the top 10 in the Associated Press poll: Villanova, Xavier and Providence.

Creighton's Maurice Watson Jr. comes home to face Villanova | The Philadelphia Tribune
"My role is to do whatever I can to get us to crack that national level that Doug (McDermott, a former Creighton star, who now plays for the Chicago Bulls) had us on whether that be scoring, passing or rebounding," Watson said.

Shaq Joked About How Much He Got Paid to Play For LSU | The Big Lead
Shaq on his years at LSU: "Yes, they paid very well." Then he added, "Hey, the statute of limitations is up."

'Game of Thrones' The Mountain actor diet | Business Insider
Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson explains what it takes to get from 230 to 396 pounds.

Pretty Good, episode 5: 'NO!!!!!!' |
We need to talk about a Saints-Jaguars game from 2003. The end of it was so statistically unlikely that it probably won't happen again until the 35th century. I'll tell you about it, but I won't tell you how to feel.