Happy Monday! We know all of you readers are so excited for what's to come this week, and why shouldn't you be? We'll be having a presence at Big East Media Day, our season preview series is still in full swing, and we'll have a few podcasts waiting for you.
But as we so often do, we've got some links to provide for you on this Monday morning to help you get your week started. Enjoy!
We tabbed it as a FanShot last night but in case you missed it, Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star talked with Matt Glenesk about the musings over the last few weeks regarding the Butler Bulldogs and their fluid coaching situation.
Two goals early in the second half gave Butler a 2-1 victory at Xavier on Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs improved to 8-8-1 on the year. All three goals were scored within a seven minute time frame.
The 17 players on Creighton's roster make up a basketball version of a jigsaw puzzle. Unlike the previous two seasons, when the Bluejays knew when they started practice who was going to play and how they were going to play, the process of putting together the pieces of this season's team will take time.
Lauren Smith tied a BIG EAST record for hitting percentage to help the Creighton Volleyball team move into a tie for first place in the league standings with a dominant 3-0 win over Providence on Sunday afternoon at D.J. Sokol Arena.
DePaul Blue Demons
"I think we've got nowhere to go but up," said Purnell. "Not many predict us to do much, so I think that serves to motivate this group even more. The new group, I like what they bring in terms of athleticism, talent to score the basketball, but also the toughness to build a good defense."
The DePaul golf team finishes up the fall portion of the 2014-15 schedule at the Georgetown Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday. This is the 30th Georgetown Intercollegiate and will be played at The Members Club at Four Steams in Beallsville, Md.
The 2014-15 Georgetown Hoyas basketball season got underway at McDonough Arena with the annual Hoya Madness event.
The Georgetown cross country program had a stellar showing at the 2014 Indiana State University Pre-National Meet with the women taking first place for the second-consecutive year and the men placing third in their first outing at the Pre-National Meet since 2012. This is the best showing for the men at the Pre-National Meet since Patrick Henner took over as the Director of Track & Field / Cross Country in the fall of 2007.
Marquette Golden Eagles
The Marquette University women's volleyball team set an NCAA record by scoring 117 points in a four-set match to beat Seton Hall 32-34, 25-20, 25-23, 35-33 at the Al McGuire Center on Saturday night. The previous record was set by Cal State Fullerton (114) in 2009.
The Providence College women's soccer team defeated BIG EAST rival St. John's, 1-0, on Sunday, Oct. 19 in Jamaica, N.Y. The Friars have won the past three games and advance to 8-6-2 (BIG EAST 4-3-0) on the season, while St. John moves to 9-6-1 (BIG EAST 5-1-1).
Seton Hall Pirates
Next up in our Big East Preview Series is Seton Hall's cross-river rival: the St. John's Red Storm, who nicked the Hall by one point both home and away last season. Steve Lavin's squad is looking to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since his debut season, 2010-11, after a 0-and-5 start to conference play last January handicapped St. John's chances to Dance at the starting blocks.
St. John's Red Storm
Dave from On the Banks and Norman from Rumble in the Garden are BACK! College basketball is just around the corner and the Scarlet Knights and Red Storm are brimming with optimism. On tap this week...
The ESPN commentator got to chat with Villanova head coach Jay Wright about Villanova during Friday's Midnight Madness program.
The Xavier women's soccer team fell, 2-1, to Butler in a BIG EAST match that was closely contested down to the final minutes. The game against the Bulldogs is the seventh match of the season that the Musketeers (3-11-3; 0-5-1) have lost by a single goal, and the fifth in BIG EAST play.