Archives For November 2010

Two NCAA Tournaments ago, Morgan State had the pleasure of facing Blake Griffin and #2 seed Oklahoma in the first round. With #15 seed Morgan State down 16 points with 7 minutes to go, then freshman Ameer Ali flipped the future #1 NBA Draft pick in a very DeJuan Blair-ish move.

Junior Ameer Ali and Morgan State come to the Dunk on Thursday night to take on the Friars as part of the Cancun Challenge. I dare him to try to flip the GIPPER!

Bleacher Report: 5 Questions for the Friars

dave@friarblog —  November 17th, 2010 7:50 PM —  Comments

Five Questions for the 2010-2011 Providence College Friars

Some good overall points here that serve as a good late primer for the upcoming season. After the Yale game, it’s clear the Friars are going to have some up and down nights offensively without the help of Sharaud Curry and Jamine Peterson. Bilal Dixon’s foul trouble might be the least of the front court’s problems though, especially if they continue to have trouble rebounding offensively (as well as getting into the flow of the offense).

One snippet that caught my eye:

The off-the-court public relations nightmare last spring, however, was something new to Friar fans.

Two words. PRIME TIME. Nightmares, no matter the type, are not new or will ever phase us Friar fans.

Another interesting tidbit about Sharaud Curry and Vincent Council:

However, this all changed with the arrival of Vincent Council ’13. Council proved early on that he was clearly the more talented and better overall point guard who should be leading this team. Not to overlook Curry’s valuable veteran leadership and experience, it became difficult to watch both guards on the floor at the same time.

Spot on that the Friars are better off with Vincent Council having the keys to the car, but CURRY’S VALUABLE VETERAN LEADERSHIP? I think we can overlook it, because Curry himself pretty much did last year. I was a big fan of Sharaud during his time here, but it was clear he wasn’t fit for that role. There will be times when the Friars will miss his shooting this season, and maybe even his automatic free throws at the end of games (Council has looked great at the line so far though). However, I’ll trade that in for the chance at better perimeter defense and leadership.

What do you think Friar fans? In a vaccuum, would you want Curry on the team this season if it were somehow possible?

According to Jamine Peterson’s Facebook page, he will be visiting Providence to watch Bilal Dixon play this weekend.

“Im Going To Providence This Weekend To See My Brother Bilal play B4 He Head Off To Cancun On Sunday”

My guess is he won’t be catching up or exchanging pleasantries with Keno Davis or President Shanley, who dismissed him off the team this offseason for “violating team rules”. Nothing was ever fully disclosed, but it involved having improper activity with teenagers who play for the BABC AAU team.


Peterson has been playing in Greece professionally this season, and has even popped up on some mock NBA drafts as recently as last week.

43. Memphis- Jamine Peterson, F, Greece, 6-6, 1988
The former Providence Friar will spend a year playing professionally in Greece and then likely enter the draft.  He is built like a house but does not have a true position in the NBA.

In four games so far for VAP Kolossos Rodou of the Greek League, Peterson is averaging 16 minutes, 4.8 points, and 3.3 rebounds per game — via 60% FG% and 40% FT% (sounds about right). His season high is 7 points. No word on if any of those points were made on high flying dunks or passes to himself off the backboard. His team is 1-3 so far.

Don’t you hate those cold Saturday mornings in the winter when you come home with a deliciously hot cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, park your butt on the sofa, and go to flip on ESPN only to find out that some BIG-10 game is the only college basketball action? INDIANA-MICHIGAN?!? NOO PLEASE NOOOO! Well, Friar fans got a taste of that low scoring brand of basketball in PC’s extremely close call victory over Yale on Monday night. In a kind of game rarely seen at the DUNK over the last several years, Providence held on to win 58-55. Before everyone gets too excited about holding the opponent to a low score, there were flashbacks to last year’s defensive problems when Yale hit a boatload of uncontested threes to actually take the lead in the 2nd half. Thankfully, the defense rebounded down the stretch with the game on the line, and the offense found a way to be, you know, not completely stagnant and focused on dribbling extensively.

Duke Mondy, who didn’t have a particularly good shooting night overall, hit a big go-ahead jumper with a minute to go after a timeout. Marshon Brooks created a little more breathing room hitting 2 foul shots with :19 seconds left, and Yale failed to force OT with a missed three in the closing seconds.



Let’s take a closer look at the game after the jump!

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 What To / Where To: Game #2 vs. Yale

dave@friarblog —  November 15th, 2010 11:28 AM —  Comments


Game Time: 7:00PM

Opponent: Yale Bulldogs 0-1 (Ivy League)

Location: The DUNK

Spread: Providence -17.5

ESPN AccuScore Game Projection: PC 81.6, Yale 60.8 (PC wins in 92.4% of 10,000 simulations)

CBS Daily Scores Projection: PC 84, Yale 66

Ken Pomeroy Projection: PC 87, Yale 67 (PC with 96% confidence)


  • Let them shoot: Last season, Yale had one of the countries worst three point percentages (29.5%). Alex Zampier, their second team All-Ivy League player who graduated, accounted for a large majority of their threes. In their opening loss to Quinnipiac, the Bulldogs hoisted up 21 from behind the arc and only made 5 (23.8%).
  • Expect more Friar Friarpower on offense: Yale does not defend particularly well, as evidenced by their 105 adjusted defensive rating last season (PC’s was 104). In their loss to Quinnipiac, they let up 84 points in 70 possessions.
  • Energy: There is no denying the energy that youngsters Gerard Coleman and Bryce Cotton brought to the team in the opening win. Too many times (even dating back to the Tim Welsh era) over the years, the team came out flat on the defensive side. This kind of thing is infectious, so let’s hope it carries over the next few games.
  • Minutes: Everyone but injured Brice Kofane saw time on Saturday night. It remains to be seen how serious the hamstring is, and whether or not it will play into the idea of a redshirt. Regarding the other reserves, it will be interesting to see how the minutes get distributed tonight if the game is a little closer than 40 points.

WHAT TO: READ Pregame Gamenotes [PDF]

The Bulldogs went 12-19 last year, 6-8 in Ivy League games. Head Coach James Jones’ squad returns two starters in seniors Michael Sands and Porter Braswell. Sands is the top-returning scorer, after averaging 10.8 points per game last season. Braswell posted 6.0 points per game a year ago. Yale was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League in the annual poll of media representatives. Bulldogs Head To Providence Monday

Yale and Providence are playing for the second straight year. The Friars earned a hard-fought 87-78 win last year at the Dunkin Donuts Center.  The Bulldogs led by as many as 11 points in the first half and had a 61-54 lead with 12:28 left in the game. The Friars, though, went on an 11-2 run, capped by a Marshon Brooks three-pointer that gave PC the lead for good, 65-63, with 8:53 left. Providence has won three straight over the Bulldogs and leads the series 9-7. Capsule Preview: Yale at PC

The Bulldogs return to The Dunk for the second consecutive season. They opened their season with an 84-75 loss to Quinnipiac on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun.

Friar Basketball: The Week Ahead: Busy Second Week for Friars

While the Bulldogs gave PC problems a season ago, Yale is expected to finish in the bottom half of the Ivy League.  Mike Sands was their returning leading scorer and one of only two returning starters from a season ago, but he has left the program for personal reasons.  Not good news for a team that looked like it was already going to struggle to score.

WHERE TO: FOLLOW Gametracker


The game is not on TV


John Rooke and Joe Hasset will be brining you the live audio from WEEI.  You must subscribe to CBS All-Access, which is maybe 10 bucks a month.

iTunes: iPhone App

I tested this out on Saturday. It’s pretty awesome. You must be an All-Access subscriber to listen to the live audio stream however. The app is $4.99.

Technical Difficulties

dave@friarblog —  November 14th, 2010 12:16 PM —  Comments

So I moved the blog over to WordPress over the weekend, and am still ironing out some problems. Right now, it doesn’t look like comments are working. I don’t get a lot so it’s not a huge deal, but please bear with me as I work to get it fixed. If you notice anything else weird happening, please don’t hesitate to email me.

In Keno Davis’ first season two years ago, the Friars opened up the year with a tough home game against a scrappy Northeastern team. With a new coach and system, the experienced team struggled and lost a game that would haunt them come March. Last night, the young Friars opened up their season at the DUNK against one of the worst Division I teams in the nation. Brilliant scheduling this go around. The result was a complete blowout win that gave all the new players a chance to show what they can offer, and hopefully a confidence boost for the first week of games. Even though the Dartmouth offense was horrible, it was good to see Keno’s team come out with energy on defense (they played man-to-man most of the night). And, I know it’s way too early to tell, but Vincent Council and Gerard Coleman are going to be great together. Friars announcer John Rooke said it best himself during the broadcast after Coleman fed Council for a layup on a fast break – “It’s going to be fun watching those guys the next four years”.

Feels good to win a game again doesn’t it?

Oh and speaking of cupcakes, I was at Stop and Shop this morning and noticed that Hostess Cupcakes were on sale 10 for $10. Am I only the only one who prefers the weird Orange flavored kind to the regular chocolate? Sure, they may not be made of materials found on this earth, but I am drown to the orange and creme flavor. Anyhoo…


More on the Four Factors

  • Last season, the Friars held their opponent under an 80 offensive rating three times – St. John’s (?!), Vermont, and Bryant. Even Bryant was able to manage a 71.6 rating. Dartmouth’s was 67.5. Providence had a very good 113 offensive rating, a number they topped 12 times last year (6 in the BIG EAST, 6 out of conference).
  • If there was thing to not be happy with concerning the Friars play, it was definitely taking care of the ball – PC turned it a little more than 1/4 of their possessions. Even with the starters playing the bulk of the time in the first half, PC coughed it up 9 times. Fortunately for the Friars, Dartmouth couldn’t piss in the ocean and could only convert 20 total turnovers into 16 points. Six Providence players had at least 2 turnovers, but Marshon Brooks led the team with 4.
  • Providence did a great job at limiting Dartmouth’s second chance points. The Big Green produced a ton of misses, and the Friars were able to rebound % of them, leading to only 6 2nd chance points for Dartmouth. Bilal Dixon grabbed 10 defensive rebounds (11 overall) to lead all players. On the offensive glass, only Marshon Brooks and freshman Lee Goldsbrough had more than one offensive board (two each). Dartmouth forward Clive Weeden led the game with 5 offensive rebounds, but they couldn’t capitalize on most of the second efforts.
  • Dartmouth, you got beat pretty much in every statistical category, except free throw rate! Good job getting to the line I guess?


Possessions: 76

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 113

* 1st Half: 124

* 2nd Half: 105

Dartmouth: 67.6

* 1st Half: 56.7

* 2nd Half:  79.5

  • 14 Friars saw the court on Saturday, and 11 made it to the scoring column. Six of those 11 had their first points as a Friar
  • Walk-ons played a 13 total minutes, but did Xavier Davis, Chris Carter, and Mike Murray did not register any points.
  • For all the talk about concerns over shooting, the Friars sure did well from behind the arc. Vincent Council was 2-3, and six other players hit one apiece.

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Vincent Council – Controlled the pace of the game from the start.  Was the high scorer, even though he only played 75% of the game. After a badly missed forced three towards the end of the half, Council made up for it by nailing a buzzer beater right before the half.

Gerard Coleman – Right from the get go, Gerard made his presence felt.  He scored 7 quick points as the Friars raced out to a 13-3 lead that they would never look back on. Coleman also gets props for backing up Bryce Cotton when he took exception to a foul on his fellow freshman.  He got into some words with a random Dartmouth guy according to the radio broadcast. Love it.

Bryce Cotton – A dunk, a jumper, a three pointer, some steals. Really impressive debut. If not for Gerard Coleman, would have been one of the best scoring debuts for a Friar.

Bilal Dixon – Didn’t need him much offensively, but was a beast on the boards

Marshon Brooks – Despite getting 3 assists (woh!), Brooks pulled an 0fer in the first half. A scoring spurt of 7 points in 10 seconds (a four point play plus another quick 3 point play) gave him a respectable 13 for the 2nd half and game, but something was just off. Keno was not happy after an ill advised three at one point during the game — he called a timeout and pulled him out.

David Rufful – 0-8 from the field, including two misses from behind the arc.


The Channel Your Inner Greedy Peterson Award

Thankfully, this has something to do with an on court action. Kadeem Batts hit a surprise three pointer, and it brought back memories of Greedy in the initial stages last year before we knew he could consistently hit them. Goes up for a three – NOOOOOOOOOO – Basket – YEEEESSSS!!!! Batts must have taken copious notes while watching Peterson during his red shirt days last year. Let’s pray it was only on the offensive side.

BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS! Boxscore Gametracker Boxscore

AROUND THE INTERWEBS PC 87, Dartmouth 52: This one was over early

The Friars jumped all over the Big Green from the opening tip and roared to an 87-52 win before 5,203 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The overmatched visitors are picked to finish last in the Ivy League this season and they very much looked the part. They missed 14 of their first 15 shots to fall behind 19-3 and never closed within a dozen points the rest of the way. PC led 46-21 at the half and built leads of as many as 41 points (83-42). Plenty of playing time for youngsters

Davis said he’s not concerned about his substitution pattern at this early point of the season. Practices continue to be very competitive and he pointed out that Mondy, who’s battled hamstring woes, “is arguably good enough to start,” if he was healthy.

“I wouldn’t read a lot into our rotation right now,” said Davis. “It’s a learning process for me and for them.” Friars Score Season-Opening Win Over Dartmouth, 87-52

The Friars were led by sophomore Guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who registered 18 points and five assists. He was followed closely by fellow guard Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.), who earned the start in his first career game and recorded 17 points. It marks the highest point total for a freshman starting the season opener in program history at Providence. Sophomore Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) led the Friar rebounding effort, pulling down a game-high 11 boards. Cold Shooting Plagues Big Green in Season-Opening Loss

While Providence ripped the nets at a 55.9 percent clip (33-of-59), its defense put the clamps down on the Big Green shooters, holding them to just 25.4 percent (16-of-63) overall and 15.0 percent from long range (3-of-20). The Friars also dominated the boards, 52-28, but Dartmouth did force 20 turnovers.

Friar Basketball: Freshmen Poised in Win over Dartmouth

A huge factor in the porous defensive numbers was the transition defense.  The long arms of Coleman and the quickness of Cotton will help this team’s pressure defense this season, but perhaps the biggest improvement these two could provide defensively is in their ability, and willingness, to recover.

WBRU News: Coleman shines as Friars win opener 87-52

Coleman, the prized freshman from Boston, Massachusetts, did not disappoint in his first night of regular season action. He shot 7 of 9 from the field, including a three-pointer, and had two assists and two steals as well. He started and played 27 minutes in the game, and Coach Davis was impressed with his progress.

Boring Ass AP Article: Providence 87, Dartmouth 52


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Friars Beat Dartmouth: Instant Reaction

dave@friarblog —  November 13th, 2010 7:38 PM

The Providence Friars defeated Dartmouth 87-52 in the season opener on Saturday night.

Why Providence Won: Dartmouth simply had an awful offense. In the first half, the Big Green scored slightly more than a half a point per possession. Yeah, usually teams get at least one full point, or maybe .9. Even though they bumped up their offensive rating to a still terrible 81.5 in the second half, they still had a miserable 28% eFG rating for the game. Just downright awful. No matter who was on the court for the Friars, they still found a way to put up points (despite turning the ball over 20 times). Providence had a scorching 72% eFG% in the first half when their best players saw the most time. Even though they shot well behind the arc, the Friars also got it done down low, scoring 44 of their 87 total points in the paint.

Turning Point: The Jump Ball. After a missed three pointer by Dartmouth to kick off the game, followed by turnovers by each team, Vincent Council scored on a fast break layup. It was all pretty downhill for Dartmouth after that. The Friars took an early 13-3 lead (with 7 quick points from freshman Gerard Coleman) and didn’t look back.

Player of the Game: When there is a massive blowout, and walk-ons are entering the game with 7+ minutes left, it’s tough to say that there was a player of the game. However, I am going to give it to Vincent Council, who in the first half had 15 of his 18 points (including a buzzer beater right before the half ended).  Council was no match for Dartmouth’s defense, as he was able to penetrate as well as hit 2 of 3 from downtown. Close 2nd for freshman Bryce Cotton – 15 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, hit all four foul shots. Friars announcer Joe Hasset couldn’t say enough about him after the game, saying “He is officially my favorite freshman”.

Goat of the Game: David Rufful had almost 8 PPG last season.  Tonight he was 0-8 from the field, including 2 missed threes. At least he hit two foul shots.

Stat of the Game: Bilal Dixon had a quietly monster defensive game, with 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Stat of the Game II: Six Friars (Coleman, Kadeem Batts, Bryce Cotton, Ron Giplaye, Dre Evans, Lee Goldsbrough) scored their first career points tonight.

Roster Note: Brice Kofane was in street clothes tonight, but not for redshirt reasons. He has a hamstring injury according to John Rooke in the pregame show. Everyone else pretty much made an appearance tonight, leaving Kofane as the only remaining question as to who might redshirt.

Photo Courtesy of Aslom10 on Twitter

What To / Where To: Game #1 vs. Dartmouth

dave@friarblog —  November 13th, 2010 11:55 AM —  Comments


Game Time: 7:00PM

Opponent: Dartmouth Big Green (Ivy League)

Location: The DUNK

Spread: Providence -22

ESPN AccuScore Game Projection: PC 82.5, Darmouth 58.1 (PC wins in 94.2% of 10,000 simulations)

CBS Daily Scores Projection: PC 80, Dartmouth 59


  • The Friars are going to have defensive problems most nights again this year.  Tonight should NOT be one of those nights.  If PC lets Dartmouth score more than 60, I might as well start up a sweet heroin addiction immediately following the game. Last season Dartmouth had an atrocious 81.6 adjusted offensive rating, good for 344 in the nation. Southern, Alcorn State, and our own neighbor Bryant were the only worse teams. Dartmouth shot horribly from everywhere on the court, didn’t get to the line much, and rarely gave themselves 2nd chances with offensive rebounding. Throw in the fact that their leading returning scorer (senior guard Ronnie Dixon, with a scorching 9.2 PPG) is out, and it might not be pretty for the Big Green or Keggy the Keg.
  • With Dixon out, Dartmouth’s next best player is Clive Weeden, a 6-9 center who led the team in rebounding at 4.8 per game. Junior forward David Rufful and sophomore center Matt LaBove round out the main scoring threats (if you wanna call it that).
  • Lee Goldsbrough was the first man off the bench in the Bentley scrimmage, despite being a potential redshirt candidate. Remember, if anyone steps foot on the court during any game, they will not be eligible for being redshirted. Fans should keep an eye out if freshman Brice Kofane enters the game, because many consider the choice to be between him and fellow freshman Goldsbrough.  Personally, I hope Keno doesn’t opt for anyone to sit out this year – The Friars will need the defensive help of Kofane, and the potential offensive production of Goldy off the bench this year.
  • We know Marshon Brooks can put up great scoring numbers against these weaker non-conference teams. You know what I would like to see tonight? ASSISTS. You know, that thing that Vincent Council piles up all the time? Marshon has put up back to back seasons of 44 assists. When you play 30 games each of those seasons, that doesn’t average out too well. Obviously he is not a point guard who looks to pass first, but the Friars need him to start getting his teammates involved. In the BIG EAST, big scoring nights might be hard to come by, so let’s get on the assist train early on.

WHAT TO: READ Pregame Gamenotes [PDF]

Providence and Dartmouth last played in the 2008-09 season, with the Friars picking up a 100-82 win. Then-sophomore Marshon Brooks led the way in Keno Davis’ first victory as the Providence head coach. Brooks scored 18 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Dartmouth holds an advantage in the series, with nine wins to PC’s six. The last Big Green win, however, came on December 12, 1938, when Dartmouth beat Providence 41-24 in Hanover. Men Tip Off at Providence Saturday Night

Preseason Poll
Coming off a 1-13 Ivy League season, the Dartmouth Big Green were pegged for eighth place in the preseason media poll. Princeton, which has won 25 Ivy titles, edged out Harvard, which is still searching for its first, for the top spot in the poll with 12 of the 17 first-place votes. The two-time defending champion and 2010 Sweet 16 participant, Cornell, was chosen to finish third. Friars will need their veterans to lead

Brooks, the team’s leading returning scorer, has often feasted on non-Big East opponents. Over the last two years, he’s exploded for 18 or more points nine times in 24 games. He’s eclipsed the same total six times in 36 Big East games. He’ll be asked to lead the offense much more in his senior year, especially in this upcoming four-game home stand that also includes games against Yale (Monday), Morgan State and Prairie View A&M Capsule Preview: Dartmouth at PC

The Big Green hope to move on from an awful 2010 by bringing back head coach Paul Cormier. A former Boston Celtics assistant, Cormier compiled a 87-95 record over seven seasons as the coach at Dartmouth from 1984-91. He twice led the Big Green to second-place Ivy finishes


Highlights from a random Ivy league game last year when Dartmouth played Cornell.

WHERE TO: FOLLOW Gametracker I’ll be live tweeting the game @friarblog.


This one is not on TV anywhere. It’s 2010.


John Rooke and Joe Hasset will be brining you the live audio from WEEI.  You must subscribe to CBS All-Access, which is maybe 10 bucks a month.

iTunes: iPhone App

If you have All-Access, you can access the audio on your iPhone if you want to shell out another $4.99 on the app.  I downloaded it last week and gave it a quick test.  Other than the game audio, it’s not worth it at all.  So if you don’t have All-Access I would not waste your money on it.  I am going to use it to listen to the game tonight, so I will post my review of it later in the week.

WUVR Live Stream

I am not sure if this will work, but this might be a way to listen for free — as long as you don’t mind out of town announcers, might be everyone’s best bet.

Friars Links 11.12.10

dave@friarblog —  November 12th, 2010 2:16 PM PC Basketball: Competitors Wanted

I’ll be focusing on something that is purely subjective, yet so obvious when you see it.  It’s also something glaringly missing from the Friars in recent years.  Providence simply needs to find and foster more competitive kids than they’ve brought in over the past ten years.

Anytime I get to reminisce about John Linehan is always a good read.  Especially when it contains stories about how Linehan continually stopped Kobe Bryant in AAU.

COX Go Friars Blog: Friar Freshman – Giplaye & Kofane

Talk of effort = minutes, plus wind sprints.  TOMMY LIKEY!

Orange::44’s 2010-2011 Big East Conference Basketball Preview

Good conference writeup by Brian over at his Syracuse blog, even though he took some shots at us as expected.

Snapshot: What do you say about a team like the Friars? I remember growing up I used to play Super Nintendo with my brother and we had an NCAA basketball game. He always insisted on being the Friars. I, of course, picked Syracuse, mainly because they were one of the closest schools to us. It was a pretty heated rivalry back then, between my brother and I as Friars vs. Orangemen. Well, not today. We’ve outgrown the Super Nintendo, and Providence has outgrown being relevant. The Friars lose Curry, and somehow that opened up about 20 scholarships. So in about three or four years, look for Providence to be … still bad.

Super Nintendo was lame anyway.  SEGA Genesis forever. 2010-2011 Season Preview: Providence

The New StatSheet update launched early this morning, including a dedicated site for Providence called  They are attempting to automate everything rendering bloggers like myself absolete.  Sweet! Now I can devote more time to video games.

The Friars have an average conference finish of 11.4 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 14 the team has an average finish of 7.9.

According to their new fan satisfaction graph (which is something I’ve always wanted to do), we are at a nice tidy -57.  Sounds about right. Keno’s Clipboard

A new feature to keep us fans informed.

1) How do you see this recruiting class shaping up in terms of how it will impact next year’s team?

We are extremely pleased with the additions of Kyan Anderson and Markus Crider to our team. We were fortunate to be able to gain commitments from two individuals that were recruited at the highest level and had multiple offers from Big Ten and Big 12 conference teams. I believe we will have one of the deepest and hardest working teams that PC has had in the years to come due greatly to the quality of our new additions. I couldn’t be more excited about how Kyan and Markus will fit within our team. I believe our fans will enjoy seeing them in the Black & White of Providence.

ESPN: Keno Davis, and other majorly hot seats (Insider Required)

Doug Gottlieb goes over the coaches who may be in trouble to start the season.  I guess this would be in a vaccuum since contract situations are obviously not factored in.

Keno Davis

Providence Friars

Davis has been in New England for three years, and the team isn’t well off. First off, opposing coaches and players will tell you their defensive abilities aren’t very solid. Secondly, Providence lost its final 11 games of last season. The Friars topped the Connecticut Huskies, who were then ranked No. 19, 81-66 on Jan. 27 and then didn’t win again. 

Bleacher Report: 2010-11 Big East College Hoops Preview: Wounded Beast Is as Big, But Not as Bad

The last two years the Friars have had as much offensive talent as any team in the Big East. But they defend like the Washington Generals and finished last year ranked No. 333 in scoring defense.

They lost their top two players off a team that finished No. 15 in the league and I don’t see much reason why this year’s team will be any better. Marshon Brooks is a nice option and pairs with Vincent Council to give them a decent backcourt.

If you combined Providence with South Florida you might be able to field a decent team. But since you can’t it will be another dud season at PU.

It’s hard to tell if the writer was trying to be facetious in calling the team “PU” (as in IT STINKS), or if they really think the name is Providence University.  Either way, nice try.