Jay Bilas had a nice in-depth SportsNation Chat on ESPN.com yesterday afternoon, and he took a question about the Providence Friars.
Hey Jay- Have you seen Vincent Council or Marshon Brooks play this year? VC is averaging 7 assists and 16 points, while Marshon is averaging 23 points and 8 ribbies a game. Do you see any potential for Providence with these two studs?
Jay Bilas (4:05 PM)
Yes, I have. Providence is much improved and is actually playing some defense. Last year, the Friars couldn’t guard a chair. This year, they are actually giving defensive effort. That is a team that can beat some people this year. Perhaps not an NCAA Tournament team, but it will be a competitive one.
Last season, Bilas made a funny during a PC broadcast saying coach Keno would soon be known as Keno Avis “because there is no ‘D’”. Obviously everything he (plus alot of the media) said last year was completely warranted based on how the Friars played. I just think its good to see people recognizing that the team is starting to head in the right direction.