January 9, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright talks with guard Ryan Arcidiacono (15)during the first half against the South Florida Bulls at the Sun Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Dump for 10/28/13; Big East Style


The Morning Dump is a daily post compiling a list of links and commentary of various Big East topics.

 

Countdown to the first games of the college basketball season:  11 days

Midnight Madness made its way around the Big East schools on Friday night, and Fox Sports 1 started the new year off right by doing live look-ins to each celebration.  Some of the more noteworthy highlights include:

  • It was announced on Friday that St. John’s sophomore Chris Obekpa was suspended for Midnight Madness on Friday night and for the team’s two upcoming exhibition games.  Coach Steve Lavin noted that the shot-blocking sensation violated university policy and that he would be back for the Johnnies first regular season game on November 8th against Wisconsin.

  • CBSSports.com compiled a list of 30 players poised to break-out this year.  Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu made the list as he is set to assume a starting role at the 5 position for the Wildcats this season.

  • Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono is healthy and ready to assume a bigger role on the team as a sophomore.  He had a solid freshman campaign, but after not playing at all during his senior year in high school due to an injury, you could tell the long season was wearing on him.  Arcidiacono is on the preseason All-Big East Second Team and claims to be in the best shape of his life.  He’s looking to elevate his game both on the stat sheet and in a leadership role.

 

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