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The Morning Fast Break (Nov. 21, 2016): The Sandy Cohen Chronicles are over at Marquette

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NCAA Basketball: Maine at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

After an action-packed weekend int he Big East, another week is set to begin.

Georgetown is out in paradise in Maui, as they will be facing the highly touted Oregon Ducks today. Plus, Butler and Providence are both in action later on tonight. Be sure to stay tuned to Big East Coast Bias today as we have power rankings, a podcast and plenty more coming your way.

Sandy Cohen departs Marquette (Anonymous Eagle)

This is a surprising and yet unsurprising bit of news. On one hand, Cohen started 22 of the 63 games he appeared in for head coach Steve Wojciechowski over his first two seasons, including the first three games of both men’s careers in Milwaukee. On the other hand, Cohen experienced massive downturns in his minutes and overall performance as both his freshman and sophomore seasons wore on, which Wojciechowski largely attributed to confidence issues last season.

Xavier is full of Tire Pros (Banners on the Parkway)

For 20 minutes, this one went back and forth. Northern Iowa hit 4 of their first 5 threes to run out to a 19-10 lead. JP, Ed, and Trevon got the offense going to spark a 16-3 run that put Xavier back on top, 26-22. A pair of threes put UNI back on top, but Xavier scrapped back and tied the game at 30-30 going into the half. I don’t know what Coach Mack said at halftime, but it had Xavier prepping the body bags in the second. UNI went 1-7/1-3/1-3 with 3 turnovers in the first seven minutes of the first half while Xavier ripped off a 17-4 run to open the game up. UNI never got back within a single possession after that point.

Goin’ Duck Hunting (Casual Hoya)

Right off the bat the Hoyas get the chance to knock off a Top 10 team. The Ducks are currently No. 4 but that should change a bit when the rankings coming out later today thanks to a loss to Baylor. Of course, Oregon won’t be Georgetown’s only chance for a quality victory before Thanksgiving but going 1-3 for the second year in a row – after not having done that since the pre-Thompson days - could be too large a hole to climb out of even this early.

Bullock shines (Friar Basketball)

Rodney Bullock is’s Providence Player of the Week following a 2-1 stretch for the Friars in which he averaged 21 points and six rebounds. The junior scored 18 points in PC’s opening night victory over Vermont, hit for a career high 27 on the road at Ohio State, and finished the week off with 18 more against Grambling. Bullock shot 50% from the field, 47% from 3 (8-17), and made 11-14 of his free throw attempts

‘Nova 4-peats preseason tourneys (VU Hoops)

In the final game of the Gildan Charleston Classic, the Villanova Wildcats would win a hard fought game with the University of Central Florida Knights for their 4th consecutive early season tournament championship. Josh Hart lead the Cats with 15 points and Donte DiVincenzo had a career high 13. Villanova had 5 players in double digit scoring for the second consecutive game, despite shooting just 42% from the floor and 26% from deep.

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