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Wednesday’s Arizin: Daily links for Feb. 10

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Dearth of bluebloods leave blue-collar teams in control | USA Today
Move over, Duke and North Carolina. Make way, UCLA and Kansas. The Top 25 has a decided blue-collar — rather than blueblood — look these days. When the Bruins and Jayhawks slid out of the poll on Monday, with Kansas ending its record run at 231 consecutive weeks, it marked the first time those four schools, along with Kentucky, had not been ranked since Dec. 18, 1961.

Mikal Bridges offensive breakthrough continues in Phoenix’s win over Cavs | Arizona Sports
Straight from the jump in preseason play, the one guy that seemed to be responding and more aggressive than anyone was third-year wing Mikal Bridges.

Jay Wright wants players to be more ready for Big East opponents’ best shot, starting with Marquette | Philly Inquirer
The ‘Cats always have a target on their back, and Wright wants his players to always be ready.

(Subscription Required) Mailbag: Rewind 10 years. You can warn three programs not to do something. Who do you warn? – The Athletic
Dana O'Neil answers your questions on the path to a two-bid Valley, USC, Kentucky, Duke and which teams have surprised her.

7 NCAA tournament upsets fans saw coming, according to the data |
Here are the seven NCAA tournament upsets Bracket Challenge Game game players most predicted, according to data since 2014.

How the 2020-21 FCS football season will work |
While the FBS played its season like usual, the most FCS conferences opted to move things to the spring. Here’s how it’ll work.

21 truly unprecedented things we just might see this Selection Sunday |
Men's college basketball teams that are typically at the top are unranked and COVID is impacting programs. With a few weeks left, Selection Sunday 2021 could look different than usual.

Men's Lacrosse: Campbell and Kennedy Named to Preseason All-BIG EAST Team; Wildcats Picked Third - Villanova University
The BIG EAST Conference announced on Tuesday afternoon that junior midfielder Matt Campbell and redshirt-senior defenseman Patrick Kennedy were unanimous preseason All-Big East selections.