Time to TCB at the BET [Game Previews / Open Thread]

dave@friarblog —  March 11th, 2009 12:00 PM
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Heading off to Madison Square Garden!   I hope everyone has a chance to somehow watch/follow the game.  In one of the few BET games I missed over the last 10 years (of course they only one they won, in 2003), I was stuck at some crappy temp job on a computer with no internet access….I know!!!  Anyway, I was able to fineagle some internet by convincing the IT guy that I desperately needed access for just the day.  I think the IT guy felt bad for me because there I was, doing some inane temp work with a Computer Science degree.  That PC degree paid off that day!  I was able to follow the game just through a Gamecast or through the old Projo.com Bulletin boards.  How the heck did we live in a world without Slingboxes or Justin.tv?  Seems like the stone ages.  Anyway, enjoy the game, however you consume it!

Here is some pre-game info for those working waiting for the game to start.

Time: Noon

TV: ESPN

GAMBLING AND PREDICTIONS

Spread: Providence -8

AROUND THE WEB

StatSheet.com Pregame

Friars.com BET Gamenotes [PDF]

The Friars enter the BIG EAST Tournament as a No. 8 seed.  PC fi nished the season in eighth place in the BIG EAST with a 10-8 record.  The Friars earned a bye in the fi rst round by fi nishing in the top eight in the league standings.  The Friars will play the winner of the No. 9 Cincinnati/No. 16 DePaul game on Wednesday, March 12 at Noon on ESPN.  Providence
will look to earn its first win at the BIG EAST Tournament since defeating West Virginia (73-50) in the fi rst round in 2003.  PC has gone 0-5 in its last five BIG EAST Tournament games.  The Friars hold an all-time record of 15-27 at the BIG EAST Tournament.  PC won its only BIG EAST Tournament title in 1994 when the team defeated Georgetown, 74-64, in the title game.

Projo.com: Friars’ aim: Change that New York state of mind

Nearly 50 years ago, Madison Square Garden was the birthplace of Providence College’s basketball dreams. Over the last 10 years, however, the Garden has been the home of Friar nightmares.

Projo Hoops Blog: Kevin McNamara Audio Preview

The Truth About PC Basketball: So we’re playing DePaul

Now then, we’re looking at DePaul, who until today was 0 and forever in the Big East and is basically still an average C-USA team at best

DepaulBlueDemons.com: Blue Demons Face Providence in Round 2

The Blue Demons are making their second appearance at Madison Square Garden for the BIG EAST Championship… DePaul is 1-1 in the two appearances… the Blue Demons dropped a 75-67 to Villanova in the first round on Mar. 7, 2007… DePaul’s active roster featured a total of zero minutes  of conference tournament action entering this week’s BIG EAST Championship

NJ.com: DePaul fans get little respect at Big East Tournament

Two hours prior, the smattering of Blue Demons fans that made their way to Madison Square Garden were the laughingstocks of the building. Phillips and two of her friends — and fellow DePaul season-ticket holders — Dave Sim and Del Troyer, would politely smile at strangers who would ask: “Wait, you’re really a DePaul fan?

AOL Fanhouse: March Comes in Like a Demon

If it meant the tournament had to expand an extra day, so be it. Turns out it was like adding an extra scoop of chocolate ice cream to double-layered chocolate cake. What’s not to like? No matter what befalls them the rest of the week (and stay away from Union Square temptations, kiddies), the Blue Demons, only the third Big East team to trip through an entire conference schedule without a victory, can finally hold their heads high, while the Cincinnati Bearcats find themselves starring smack in the middle of one of The Beast’s juiciest plot lines.

Feel free to comment away during the game.

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