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Thursday’s Arizin: Underachievers, overachievers, marathons, and more! (Jan. 30)

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As we draw closer to the halfway point through conference play, I’m curious to know what your impressions are of this year’s Big East? Who are real contenders? Pretenders? Surprises?

Overall, it was a fairly good non-conference showing across the Big East, but now as teams beat up each other, some teams that were surprises and looked like they’d make some noise...ended up not doing much.

However, there is a lot of basketball left, and we’ve seen teams just completely turn it on in the second half of Big East play and enter the Big East Tournament hot (most recent example, last year’s Xavier team). Which team do you think has a chance of doing that? Let’s hear your thoughts and impressions.

In the mean time, “the news:”

Seven marathons, seven days: CKC Capital's Yanney set to run the globe - Reuters
Yanney is running in support of two charities – the African Wildlife Foundation, an international conservation organization focused on Africa’s wildlife and wild lands, and the Villanova Soccer Academy, a soccer club in Villanova, Pennsylvania that offers children, regardless of means, an opportunity to play by providing scholarships for equipment, travel and dues.

NCAA Tournament 2020: Stock Watch for Bubble Teams with February Approaching | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
It's hard to believe it's already almost February, but the bubble for the 2020 men's NCAA tournament is — for better or worse — starting to come together...

Jersey basketball legend returning home to build a program -
Tim Thomas made his mark as an exceptional player, now he's looking to do so by building what he hopes will be a basketball and academic dynasty.

Who are the biggest overachievers, underachievers in top leagues? | ESPN
Who's defying expectations? These teams have strayed furthest from college basketball's preseason script.

Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo set to be a major playoff weapon
Thriving off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks, second year wing Donte DiVincenzo is already primed to be a postseason game-changer.