Links 2.01.10

dave@friarblog —  February 1st, 2010 6:42 PM
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Potential Impact of Providence’s 2010 Class

We know Gerard Coleman and Joseph Young are supposed to really really good.  But how much can we expect them to produce next year as freshman?

While Coleman and Young have put up huge scoring numbers at the prep and high school levels, scoring over 12.3 ppg next season would place either of them in the top 3 in the history of Providence basketball.  Only two freshman in PC history have scored over 13 ppg, Ryan Gomes in 2002 (13.8) and John Arzoomanian in 1945 (19.7).

Some guy named Cashmere torches Friars

The Truth About PC Basketball gives us a recap of the Cincinnati loss

Speaking of rebounding, Ray Hall snagged three boards. The Ostrogoth is coming back. It’s only a matter of time before he’s putting up a quadruple double while demonstrating the duality of his life by painting a watercolor portrait of Chewbacca. Providence Team Report

Knowing that defense is important isn’t the issue. The team talks about it before and after every game, but once it takes the court it lets its offense do the talking instead.

When it does that, it gets games like the one over the weekend against the Bearcats. Providence made nine of its first 10 shots, but meanwhile Cincinnati was hitting its first six shots to stay in the game. It couldn’t shake the Bearcats, and when it cooled down, the home team took the lead.

2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings (Feb. 1)

Oh look, our GAUNTLET looks just that much harder with Villanova #2 and Syracuse #3.  Hooray!

Source: March Madness With 96 Teams ‘Done Deal’

This is an awful awful idea if it’s true.  Think we can see 12+ teams from the BIG EAST?  I’ve been wanting to see PC make the tournament again so badly, but this isn’t how I wanted to do it.

Sources at ESPN and inside the administration at a powerhouse NCAA basketball school told me today that the NCAA basketball tournament going to 96 teams is a “done deal.

All I can think of is this:

NCAA Expands March Madness To Include 4,096 Teams @ Yahoo! Video

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