8. Providence 18-11, 10-7, Stock: Level
Last game: L 97-80 at Villanova
Second Round Big East Tournament vs. winner of No. 9 Cincinnati/No. 16 DePaul
Current Streak: L 1
Postseason Status: NIT
Projected Big East Tournament Finish: Second Round
Strong Point: Providence remains one of the deepest teams in this conference, with seven guys averaging eight or points per game, as well as 20 or more minutes for each.
Area of Improvement: The Friars dropped to dead last in scoring defense to end the regular season with an appalling 80.4 points given up per game, making themselves the only team in the conference giving up 80 or more points.
Overall Analysis: It seems if the opposition isn’t bogged down with turnovers, they have the right of passage down the lane for wide open layups on the Providence defense. Villanova was the latest to expose the (lack of) defense, when forward Dante Cunningham torched the Friars, going 8 of 17 with 19 points, scoring the bulk of that in the paint. The graph is quite simple really. When Providence gave up 80 or less points they went 7-0 in conference play. When they gave up 80 or more they went 3-7.