Friars Links 12.23.10

dave@friarblog —  December 23rd, 2010 7:21 AM —  Comments
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Rush the Court: Surprise! Assessing Early Signs of Life at Providence, Oregon & Iowa State

There is certainly a ways to go for this Friar team, and the talent level  is still such that any dream of a run to an upper-division Big East finish should be tempered with, you know, sanity, but Davis has taken what was a disastrous offseason and settled things down in Providence to the point where the program is no longer in freefall and is playing up to their talent level. There are sure to be plenty of losses (and losing streaks) in conference play, but expect the Friars to beat a team or two that they have no business beating, and to be competitive on a regular basis.

Not the Common Fan: 2010-2011 Providence College Friars – Pre-Big East Review

If there is one person in the world that despises the way that Marshon Brooks plays basketball, it is me.  Ask anyone who attends games with me.  Every time Brooks touches the ball I make it a point to yell, “Marshon don’t pass!”  Brooks has the uncanny ability to pass when he should be shooting and to shoot when he should be passing, but I’ve got to give credit where credit is due.  Brooks has put the team on his back so far this season, and the results have been pretty damn good.  Not only has Marshon been scoring like a mad-man, but he has finally dedicated himself to rebounding, which has the potential to be one of the best parts of his game.

The East Coast Bias: BIG EAST December Roundtable: Team Expectations

Friar Basketball – expectations were low in Providence after a 12-19 season and much of the roster being stripped bare after an ugly offseason. With a win over Sacred Heart the Friars will finish their out of conference schedule at 11-2. The competition hasn’t been great, but no one saw this coming on a team with so few proven Big East level players and seven freshman.

With two freshmen and two sophomores starting, PC fans are looking for growth more than anything else this season and have seen it, with the exception of step back games against Boston College (a two point loss on the road) and a poor showing versus LaSalle in Cancun.

LA Times: Clippers update: Ryan Gomes interviewed by federal agents in Connecticut probe

Keith Gomes agreed to a three-year prison term for first-degree assault in a 2007 plea deal but then received what the Courant called a “rare sentence modification,” which cut six months off his sentence. At issue is whether Ryan Gomes reached out to Connelly in an effort to have his cousin’s prison sentence reduced, the Courant reported.

Gomes also had one of his best games of the season this past Monday with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win over his old MInnesota Timberwolves team.

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