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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:
- An absolutely ridiculous dunk by Providence freshman Brandon Austin (VIDEO).
- An absolutely ridiculous dunk by an unknown St. John’s player (VIDEO).
- Xavier coach Chris Mack’s introduction was set to Eminem’s ‘Real Slim Shady’ (VIDEO).
- Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard lost a hot dog eating contest to the great hot dog eating Kobayashi (VIDEO).
- And Nicki Minaj showed up to Villanova’s celebration and did a little ‘singing’ (PHOTO).
- 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.
- It was also announced on Friday that sophomore shooting guard at Villanova, Dylan Ennis, will be out for up to two months after breaking his hand in practice last week.
- 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.
- This is a really good recap of St. John’s European trip from over the summer. Could this be the event that elevates the Johnnies to a NCAA Tournament team and helps them realize all the potential on this talented roster? It will definitely be talked about as the reason if a successful season comes to fruition.
- Marcus Derrickson, ESPN’s 58th ranked prospect in the class of 2015, has committed to Georgetown. The 6-foot-7 power forward from Virginia chose the Hoyas over Indiana and Maryland.