The Providence Friars have been eliminated from the BIG EAST Tournament.
Louisville’s pressure defense and strong inside game was just too much for the Friars, as they defeat PC 73-55. It was an incredibly sloppy game on both ends — both teams had 20+ turnovers. However, the Friars couldn’t shoot the ball well at all, finishing 21-62 from the field (33.9%), and a disastrous 2-17 (11.8%) from behind the arc. Sharaud Curry was 1-6 and Jeff Xavier was 0-6 from downtown. Only two Friars finished in double digits, with Weyimi Efejuku leading with 17, and Geoff McDermott registering 11 points. Xavier, McDermott, and Efejuku all had at least 5 turnovers.
Earl Clark led the game in scoring, finishing with an impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman stud Samardo Samuels was also strong inside, scoring 22 points on 10-13 shooting. Terrance Williams was held to only 6 points, but it did not matter since the rest of the front-court was so dominant.
The announcers were quick to pronounce Providence’s NCAA Tournament hopes dead, but Hubert Davis in the studio correctly pointed out that there is still a small chance the Friars could grab a bid. If a lot of bubble teams falter this weak, and there are no more surprises in the small conference tournaments, Providence can sneak in as one of the last teams. Their performance this afternoon at the Garden isn’t going to do he Friars any favors, but they will still have their 10-8 conference record and the Pittsburgh and Syrcause wins to hang their hat on.
It’s now all up to the committee.