CuseCountry’s Big East Conference review Part 1 takes a look at Providence

dave@friarblog —  December 29th, 2008 1:58 PM
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Big East Conference review, part 1

CuseCountry.com (a good blog about Syracuse sports) takes a in-depth look at how the bottom half of the league fared in their out of coference play.

Here is their analysis of the Providence Friars:

Verdict: Providence has made a habit in recent years of being a fashionable dark horse pick in the Big East, and then completely disappointing the pundits by crapping out entirely. They’ve only been over .500 on the season once in the past 4 years, and it’s been even longer since they had a winning record in Big East play; they dropped a 6-12 egg in league play last year. But analysts continue to put their faith in the Friars nonetheless. This year they earned a 10th place prediction and many coaches and press are again singing their praises. I, however, remain skeptical and could easily see Cinci or Seton Hall finishing above this team. Not to say Providence sucks though — they’re a decent group. They played a solid schedule and beat everyone they were supposed to beat except Northeastern. I could have put Charlotte on their list of good mid-major wins, and by the end of the year that might be a more impressive victory than it looks right now. They also hung with BC and an extremely good St. Mary’s all the way to the end. But at the same time they failed to put up any statement wins. They’re balanced and they can score a ton of points: they go 8 deep, with no one averaging less than 17 minutes nor more than 28.  Seven players average at least 8.3 points. But still, they have no one who’s likely to make the Big East first, second, or third team. And without those kind of high level star players, it’s going to be tough to stay above water. If they do better than 6-12 in this murderer’s row, I’ll be impressed.

Check out the rest of the article for great analysis of the other 7 teams.

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