Friars Links 11.15.11

dave@friarblog —  November 15th, 2011 6:33 PM —  Comments
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Beyond the Arc: Yes, a Big East team can upset a MAAC school

Oh yes we can! And at least we were not responsible for the BIG EAST’s first loss of the year. Thanks, hillbilly traitors

Cooley spent the last five years at Fairfield, turning it into a conference power. Heís now tasked with doing the same for his hometown Friars. And heíd very much like to talk about Providence, not his Fairfield return. But there was enough going on that made it impossible to ignore ó such as the first Friars road win in nearly two years.

ESPN: 3-point shot: Castiglione to replace Beebe

Andy Katz used to be all about the Friars back in the day. Looks like Cooley is off to a good start trying to remind Katz that our school isn’t a bunch of clowns who don’t play defense.

One of the more significant results from Monday night was Providence’s win at Fairfield. New Providence coach Ed Cooley beat his former team in his old building in Bridgeport. The win will help propel the Friars under Cooley as he tries to fast-track the rebuilding job. But for Fairfield it’s a disappointing start to the season. The Stags, the favorite in the MAAC, needed to beat a team projected at the bottom of the Big East. Now Fairfield will need to raise its profile even more with an Old Spice Classic win next week in Orlando. The Stags must build a non-conference resume with positive points, not holes, if they’re going to be taken seriously in March. Fairfield won the MAAC regular season last year but it wasn’t enough. More needs to be done in November and December.

Friar Basketball: Instant Reaction: PC Tops Fairfield, 80-72

OK, we both need to come up with different names for our post game pieces!

After a few lazy passes on Saturday, Cotton played all 40 minutes tonight, only turning the ball over once.

Through two games he’s averaging 20 points on 14-24 shooting from the field and 5-8 from three. More impressive than the numbers is how he’s been scoring. Cotton is seemingly automatic if left alone from deep, and against Fairfield hit a scooping left hander off of the glass over the seven foot Ryan Olander. He came through when the Friars’ needed him most mid-way through the second half, hitting a tough floater to give Providence a two point lead after Fairfield had erased a double digit lead.

CBS New York

Hmm, I kinda like John Rooke’s call of Vincent “THE GENERAL” Council, as in leading the team on the court. General Council sounds like lawyer talk that will put me to sleep.

2. GENERAL COUNCIL

He may not get the publicity of other floor generals in college basketball’s best conference, but Vincent Council is one of the best point guards in the Big East. An effective facilitator when he needs to be, Council can also excel in isolation situations off the ball.

Look for the junior to flourish under Friar’s first-year coach Ed Cooley, both this season and next, when Providence welcomes two talented players to join him in the back court in Kris Dunn and Ricky Ledo.

Pawtucket TimesPC hoopsters down Sanders-led Fairfield, 80-72

The Friars, now 2-0, failed to win a road game all last season. Monday was the programís first road victory since a win at DePaul on Jan. 14, 2010. More importantly, the triumph is a sign that the Friars under Cooley are heading the right direction.
“I loved our business approach the past two days, Cooley said. We’re growing up.”

Stamford AdvocateBen Doody: Hiring Ed Cooley changed course of Fairfield program

Interesting. I’d like to think that if Cooley never made it to Fairfield he would have still ended up at Providence. Lorraine, you are my density.

“The search firm that we had just kept saying to me `so what about Ed Cooley,?” Doris said Monday night after a Providence team coached by Cooley had beaten Fairfield 80-72 before a school record crowd of 6,375. “So I’m going `who the hell is Ed Cooley? I’ve never heard of this guy. … Not too many people really knew who Ed Cooley was, because (BC head coach) Al Skinner was the name and all of that, so people knew who Al was. And I knew Billy Coen, who was much more talked about than Ed.”
But after each conversation Cooley had with members of the search committee or with Doris, people involved in the search left shaking their heads in near amazement, blown away by Cooley’s enthusiasm for the sport and his desire to rebuild Fairfield’s program.

GoLocalProv: Friars Stun the Stags on the Road

Out coaching teams, taking charges. I love this s@&$!

But while the offense clicked to the tune of 55% shooting from the floor, it was the little things that helped make the difference in the win. LaDontae Henton led the way with nine rebounds, as the Friars board play improved dramatically in the second half against a bigger Fairfield squad. And key plays from Lee Goldsbrough, Brice Kofane and Bilal Dixon – such as taking charges on the defensive end – along with a 2-3 zone that applied pressure to Fairfield’s shooters provided the difference.

Eye on College Basketball: Cooley’s homecoming an emotional, relieving event

And with the big win, Cooley is ready to move on to the rest of the season. This mofo is a human FOCUS MACHINE.

And no secrets about what Cooley meant to Fairfield, what Fairfield meant to him, and what Sanders and Cooley still mean to each other. But those relationship can continue to grow well after this season has past. The two programs got their shot at each other, the former coach one, and now everyone can move on. After seeing the body language in the hall afterward, it’s definitely what everyone is ready for, almost as if this was an irritating chore that needed to be taken care of before each team’s season could really begin.

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