KEEP AN EYE ON: Bilal Dixon. The freshman didn’t play a minute in November, and the coaching staff is hoping to redshirt him this season. But the Friars frontcourt hasn’t met expectations early in the season, and if coach Keno Davis decides that Dixon can be a part of the regular rotation, he may burn the redshirt year and let the forward play. However, fellow forward Jamine “Greedy” Peterson will definitely redshirt.
STRENGTHS: This is an experienced team that isn’t going to be surprised by anything it sees in Big East play. Everyone knows each other and what they can do, so there’s unlikely to be a lot of chemistry issues to deal with.
WEAKNESSES: Providence has a reputation of being soft defensively, particularly inside. It’s not a very strong of physical group of players in the paint, so the Friars don’t get the most out of their size and depth.
The Friars also go through stretches where the team plays like it expects bad things to happen
The Friars have had mixed results in the first part of the season, which isn’t particularly surprising given that the team is looking strong in some areas and weak in others.
In particular, the Providence guards look a lot more ready for prime time than the frontcourt.
Considering how strong the Big East is, and how many league teams have strong defensive backcourts, Providence has a lot of work to do in the next month before league play begins.