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Big East Conference News and Links for October 14, 2014

Your daily updates for all things Big East!

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Tuesday! Hope you readers of Big East Coast Bias are having a good day out there. Us here at BECB would like to extend a belated Happy Columbus Day to everybody, and would like to remind everyone that we're under a month from the college basketball season. Doesn't that sound so exciting???

Today, in just a few hours, you'll be seeing our opinions on the Top 5 Shooting Guards in the conference, and just in case you missed it, we had a Seton Hall Pirates-related podcast last night as part of our preview series.

With that said, here are some links for you this morning. If you feel that there's more to discuss, please provide a few things in the comments section below!

Creighton Bluejays

Creighton pitcher Strunc is getting back to old self // Omaha.com

It might be too early to proclaim that Creighton pitcher Tommy Strunc is completely back on track. But based on what he's shown during the Bluejays' fall practice, Strunc is much closer to being the pitcher who was Creighton's Friday night starter in 2013 than the one who had trouble getting outs in 2014.

Pitter and Sparrow earn BIG EAST Men's Soccer Weekly Honors // GoCreighton.com

Creighton juniors Timo Pitter and Connor Sparrow earned BIG EAST men's soccer weekly honors, the league office announced Monday. After a 2-0-0 week by Creighton with wins at Drake and against Butler, Sparrow earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week recognition while Pitter claimed BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors.

DePaul Blue Demons

Wyatt selected to BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll // DePaulBlueDemons.com

For the eighth consecutive week, No. 13/9 DePaul women's soccer has been honored by the BIG EAST Conference awards program.On Monday, Elise Wyatt was selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll, signifying that she had one of the league's top eight performances. Wyatt scored the game-winning goal in the Blue Demons' 2-0 victory over Creighton last Saturday at Wish Field.

Georgetown Hoyas

Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims to join McDonough's vaunted jersey wall // Casual Hoya

Marquette Golden Eagles

Volleyball: Marquette Rolls Through DePaul, 3-0 // Anonymous Eagle

Marquette defeated DePaul in a sweep on Saturday night, 25-15, 25-19, 25-16, but those scores don't quite tell the full story of Marquette's dominance. Reading Autumn Bailey's scoreline does do that, though.

Providence Friars

Pinho Named Hockey East Rookie Of The Week // Friars.com

Providence College men's ice hockey freshman forward Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week, the Association announced on Monday (Oct. 13). Pinho helped lead the Friars to a weekend road split at Ohio State. With 45 seconds to play in overtime on Saturday night, he snapped off a quick wrist shot that beat Ohio State goaltender Matt Tomkins to lift Providence to a 2-1 win at the Value City Arena. Pinho becomes Providence's first Hockey East Rookie of the Week since Nick Ellis (Millersville, Md.) earned the honor on Dec. 23, 2013.

Seton Hall Pirates

Five Observations from Seton Hall's Monday Practice // NJ.com

Today marked the first open practice for the Seton Hall's Men's Basketball team as they prepare for the 2014-15 season. NJ Advance Media stopped by to see how the Pirates looked in the early preseason. Here are five things we noticed during Monday's practice.

St. John's Red Storm

St. John's recruiting notes: Efiayani commits, Briscoe's visits, Sharette Dixon games // Rumble in the Garden

For college basketball programs, Midnight Madness symbolizes the start of a new season. This weekend St. John's will have their Midnight Madness, but for Steve Lavin and his staff the event means more than just the start of the 2014-2015 season.

Villanova Wildcats

FCS Top 25 Polls, Week 8: Villanova moves into the Top 5 // VU Hoops

The latest FCS college football rankings have been released, and Villanova has moved in to the top 5 after the 'Cats demolished Rhode Island 44-21. The Wildcats replaced McNeese State who dropped a game to Sam Houston State over the weekend.