9. Providence 11-5, 3-1 Stock: Rising
Last game: L 82-75 at Georgetown
Next game: Jan. 17 vs. Marquette
Strong point: Providence is getting key role performances from unsung heroes in this young Big East season. Center Randall Hanke is second in the league in field goal shooting, averaging 67%, while guard Marshon Brooks came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points vs. Georgetown Saturday.
Area of Improvement: Continuing to struggle on the boards, Providence is now -9 in rebounding margin per game. They were out-rebounded by Georgetown 38-27, and have only secured more boards than an opposing team once in conference play, 37-36 over DePaul
Overall Analysis: The Friars will just not be at the next level until team leaders Geoff McDermott and Sharaud Curry step up to their caliber of a year ago. They combined for 3 of 17 and just 11 points against Georgetown.