The Friars are off to a surprising start in the Big East under first-year coach Keno Davis. Even after an 82-75 loss at Georgetown over the weekend, Providence is 3-1 and has muscled its way past the other non-Top 25 teams in the league to become among the best of the rest.
It was an early lesson in what the team can expect in the Big East season, especially considering the conference had nine Top 25 teams last week. Plenty of league foes have an extra gear that they can reach for short stretches, and Providence needs to get better at matching that level of intensity. But at the same time, it also showed how good the Friars can be.
When the Friars struggled in December, their outside shots weren’t finding the mark. The team was confident that its shooters would return to form, and that’s happened in recent games. Providence hit 13 3-pointers against Cincinnati last week, and 10 more in the loss to Georgetown. The team is now 7-2 when it makes seven or more threes in a game.
Geoff McDermott has had a strong start to Big East play, with one exception: turnovers. He has 14 turnovers through four Big East games, as compared to 11 assists.