Friars Links 11.9.10

dave@friarblog —  November 9th, 2010 2:34 PM
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Jeff Goodman: 68 things to watch this season

Will Providence guard? A year ago, the Friars were an abomination defensively – and didn’t even appear to want to stop anyone. Keno Davis has made it a point to stress defense this season.

I go to bed every night praying that they do.

Busting the Bracket: Fifty Impact Freshmen

Gerard Coleman, Providence: A very long and lanky player, Coleman is an excellent scorer and lockdown defender.

This post was from last month, but I stumbled upon it this morning as part of their overall College Basketball Preview.  LOCKDOWN DEFENDER.  I can’t think of two better words Friar fans want to hear about a new player on the team.

Friar Basketball: Nerlens Noel Closes AAU Season in Style

While the competition for Noel will be furious, don’t discount the impact of assistant coach Chris Driscoll and BABC alums Gerard Coleman and Ron Giplaye in his recruitment.  Landing him won’t be easy, but Providence should be in the fight until the end.

One of the best sophomores in the country.  If there is a god…

ESPN: Pittsburgh needs late rally to hold off Rhode Island to open season

The first game of the college basketball season opened with two teams the Friars will play this year.  Pittsburgh is going to be very tough as always (DAMN YOU ASHTON GIBBS, DAMN YOUUUUUUUU!!!), but URI showed a lot of fight before losing the game in the final few possessions.  The Rams banged home 14 three pointers, but it was not enough.

Yardbarker: Pittsburgh Coach Jamie Dixon on URI

Surprise: “We had hoped to guard the 3 better, but they made some tough shots. We don’t have teams in the Big East that play like this. The closest would probably be Providence.”

Yeah about making those three-pointers…

Ballin’ is a Habit: College Basketball’s Social Media Must-Follow Datatbase

If you are on Twitter, here is the list of all lists of people you should follow around College Basketball.  Also, be sure to follow me @friarblog! Go on the Road with the Friars to Boston College and the University of Connecticut

Providence College is offering two very special bus trips for PC fans to the Friar men’s basketball games versus New England rival Boston College on Wednesday, December 8th in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. And BIG EAST rival, the University of Connecticut on Sunday, February 13th in Storrs, Connecticut.

To BC will run you $33, and to Storrs it’s $53.  Considering how well the Friars have played UCONN over the years, I think it’s a good investment.

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