Archives For February 2012

Ed Cooley got a T late in the game. How did the ref not shit his pants afterwards? Men’s Basketball Falls To South Florida, 55-48

Only one Friar scored in double digits as junior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 16 points in the game. The Bulls held Providence’s second leading scorer, sophomore Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.), to six points. Overall the Friars shot 30.8 percent from the field, 8.3 percent from behind the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line.

GoLocalProv: Disaster strikes again, Friars bulldozed 55-48

How much misfortune can a team be forced to endure, without having the basketball gods send at least one positive result their way?

Plenty – if you’re the 2012 Providence Friars.  For the third straight game, PC found itself with a late second half lead…and for the third straight game, the opponent found a way to win.  This time, the culprits came from South Florida, as the Bulls outscored the Friars 14-2 over the final 2:30 to win 55-48 at the Dunkin Donuts Center Saturday.

Woonsocket Call: Basketball gods not kind to PC again

With Vincent Council checking him, Noriega swished home a trey from the corner opposite the Bulls bench, one that made it a one-point white-knuckle affair at 2:20. An offensive foul by Kadeem Batts took away a hoop by Council and gave the Bulls another crack at running something with the intent of freeing Noriega.
Running off of what the USF hero-of-the-game dubbed “a triple screen,” Noriega banged home a three with 1:40 remaining, putting the visitors up at 48-47. Two attempts, two makes in exactly 60 seconds of floor time. Certainly it’s not bad work if you can get it, but as Noriega noted afterwards, he knows why Heath deploys him in certain situations as opposed to others.

Friar Basketball: Late Surge Pushes USF to Victory

Providence struggled through their ugliest offensive night since a 40 point performance against Georgetown in early January, and the closing minutes were not much better. Their only field goal of the final four minutes came when LaDontae Henton squeezed home a shot at the rim with 1:19 left, but USF closed by doing what PC could not six days prior against West Virginia – hitting all eight of their free throw attempts in the game’s final minute as they ripped off a 14-2 run over the game’s final two and half minutes for the victory.

It was a sluggish effort from the start for Cooley’s group, a team that must be discouraged after conceding leads of 15 and 19 points in their two losses prior to this one. Shaun Noriega gets a BIG celebration postgame in the locker room

Tampa Bay Times: USF Bulls rally to beat Providence Friars for second time, 55-48

The Bulls, who led 24-21 at halftime, also did a better job with their man-to-man defense against Providence than has been the case in the past. They held the Friars to 30 percent shooting and limited freshman forward Henton to seven points after he scored a career-high 33 on Jan. 29 in USF’s 81-78 win.

“We knew we had to take away their transition,” Heath said. “We did a much better job in the second half. I think it took some of their guys who can really score and didn’t allow them to get in a rhythm that they’ve gotten into before.

“I don’t know how those guys feel, but I’m exhausted,” he added, with a laugh. “The guys did a fantastic job, and there are a lot of heroes in that locker room.”

Tampa Bay Online: Noriega makes most of his shot(s)

“I definitely knew my time was going to come,” Noriega said. “We needed some shots at the end, and my coaches and teammates have faith in me.”

Noriega hadn’t played in four of USF’s previous six games, and the 12 total minutes he earned on Jan. 24 against Marquette and Feb. 4 against Georgetown came in contests that the Bulls lost by a combined 50 points. The junior guard had gone from starter to afterthought before sealing a season sweep of the Friars, a stint that Heath had in mind when he addressed the team a day earlier.

“You never know when your turn is going to come,” Heath said. “He perked up and had a pretty good practice (Friday).”

The Providence Friars lost yet another game in which they led down the stretch, this time losing to South Florida at home 55-48.

The Friars led 46-41 with 2:30 remaining, but South Florida guard Shaun Noriega nailed two 3-pointers in a row to give the Bulls a one-point lead with just under two minutes remaining.

Bulls’ Coach Stan Heath said, “I asked Noriega if he could do it, and he said, `I’ve got one.’ But he gave me two.” Noriega only appeared in the game for one minute.

Here is the post game press conference.

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In preperation for today’s rematch against South Florida, I exchanged some questions with Ken DeCelles the South Florida Blog “Voodoo Five”. I answered questions for them for the first game, but this time Friar Basketball answered them for this game. Head on over to Voodoo Five to read Kevin’s responses.

Friarblog: What’s new with the Bulls since the Friars visited at the end of January?

Voodoo Five: Nothing out of the ordinary really. We’ve only played two games since our battle at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, getting blown out at Georgetown and winning a surprisingly easy game against Pitt here in Tampa. Somehow we are still on the bubble, and The Quest For 16 is starting to become a reality. Fun times all around.

Friarblog: Without looking at the boxscores, I can guarantee you that Anthony Collins hasn’t made any threes since his two within those couple minutes during USF’s big run that was the difference in the game. Was that game a fluke or does he have another big shooting game in him at the Dunk?

Voodoo Five: No he didn’t, but at least he attempted one against the Hoyas. Anthony is able to run Coach Heath’s slow tempo offense almost to perfection, and he knows that a low percentage shot with plenty of time on the clock is a waste of a possession. He is gaining confidence in his shooting ability, and if left open he will let it loose. Will it mean a couple more threes? Who knows, but I do know Council will play him a little tighter today.

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Friars Links 2.10.12

dave@friarblog —  February 10th, 2012 2:49 PM —  Comments

Cox Sports: A glimpse of Friar recruit Josh Fortune

I was beginning to think cameras weren’t allowed for this kid’s games! Well done, Cox. Providence College Athletic Department Rewards Student

Who wants to create a big head of the Friarblog logo?

Providence College freshman Danny DeFilippo was rewarded by the Providence College Athletic Department with fifty dollars on February 9 because a “big head” of Athletic Director Bob Driscoll was spotted in his dorm room window. DeFilippo brought the “big head” back to his dorm room after displaying it in the student section at a recent home men’s basketball game. The “big head” was spotted during last week’s promotion when head coaches gave away pizza to students.

The Athletic Department will continue to reward students for displaying “big heads” in their dorm room windows for the remainder of the 2011-12 men’s basketball season.

Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician: Syracuse Vs. UConn: Flat Top Your Dome

Nerlens Noel is visiting Syracuse this weekend for the UCONN game. Sean from Nunes Magician wants students to print out and wear a flat top. I totally could have done this for the West Virginia with Noel in attendance. I had an extra sheet of paper lying around.

Some say he can block a shot with his mind. Others say a drop of his sweat could power the city of Syracuse for weeks. One teammate even claims to have witnessed him eat a cheerleader.

No matter the case, one thing is for certain. This Saturday, a beast will be upon us. Scouts are drooling over the Number 1-ranked recruit, crediting his dominance to traits like “freakish athleticism,” “uncanny defensive instincts,” and “incredible mobility and agility.” But both you and I know the true source of his unbridled defensive devastation.

The Cowl:  Noel Could Follow Ledo and Dunn to PC


If you follow any diehard PC basketball fan on Twitter, you would understand the impact Noel would have if he came toFriartown. #Nerlens4PC was attached to almost every tweet about Friar basketball this past week, and with good reason. Ed Cooley is molding PC basketball into an elite program, and the addition of Noel would cement his legacy at PC in just one year. Even though this year is leaving many fans disgruntled, the fact is that if Noel decides to play for the black and white next year, the Friars will have all the tools needed to make a run at not only the NCAA Tournament, but the National Championship as well. That isn’t optimism; that’s realism.

Instagram: Behind the scenes of my Slam shoot with future NBA star Ricky Ledo

Minutes after Ricky stared deep into the camera’s eye, it’s ankle’s broke.

Photo by Tom Medvedich

Instagram: Kris Dunn’s autograph

This girl doesn’t always drink Coca-Cola, but when she does it’s got Kris Dunn’s autograph on it.

photo by caitlindoocy

Ricardo Ledo Featured in SLAM Magazine

dave@friarblog —  February 9th, 2012 8:58 PM —  Comments

Ricardo Ledo is featured in the current edition of SLAM Magazine out on newstands right now.  HEAD TO YOUR NEAREST BARNES & NOBLE AND BUY ONE RIGHT NOW! Or a fresh copy of Twilight. Whatever floats your boat.

Here is one of the pics of Ricky in the article, which will hopefully be online at some point.

(Photo by SLAM Magazine)

(H/T @TheWarriorFriar)

Word got out awhile ago, but Kris Dunn was named to the official roster of this year’s prestigious McDonald’s All-American Team. He becomes just the third Friar recruit ever to make the team, joining Michael Smith and God Shammgod.

Note: Ricky Ledo was not eligible since he has not graduated in 4 years.

New London's Kris Dunn is named to the McDonald's All-American team. "It’s a great achievement. ..It shows all my hard work has paid off."
Gavin Keefe

McDonald’s All-American Game rosters released

Kyle Anderson (No. 5, UCLA)
DaJuan Coleman (No. 11, Syracuse)
Kris Dunn (No. 24, Providence)
Perry Ellis (No. 33, Kansas)
Shaq Goodwin (No. 21, Memphis)
Gary Harris (No. 16, Michigan State)
Amile Jefferson (No. 14, Uncommitted)
Tyler Lewis (No. 55, NC State)
Tony Parker (No. 22, Uncommitted)
Alex Poythress (No. 13, Kentucky)
Rodney Purvis (No. 18, NC State)
T.J. Warren (No. 25, NC State)

Brandon Ashley (No. 4, Arizona)
Isaiah Austin (No. 8, Baylor)
Anthony Bennett (No. 15, Uncommitted)
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (No. 27, Indiana)
Archie Goodwin (No. 7, Kentucky)
Grant Jerrett (No. 23, Arizona)
Shabazz Muhammad (No. 2, Uncommitted)
Marcus Paige (No. 28, North Carolina)
Devonta Pollard (No. 20, Uncommitted)
Cameron Ridley (No. 9, Texas)
Marcus Smart (No. 10, Oklahoma State)
Rasheed Sulaimon (No. 12, Duke)

Speaking of God Shammgod, here are some of his highlights from playing in the McD’s game in 1995. (H/T @raphiellej)

Per @JonRothstein

Hearing Providence is in excellent shape with 2012 F Jakarr Sampson. Would be another tremendous addition to Ed Cooley's monster class!
Jon Rothstein

Here is a clip from the Cox Sports Tip-Off about what Friartown can’t stop buzzing about – Nerlens Noel.

via Cox Sports Online

I guess Keno Davis saw his shadow earlier this month, meaning 6 more weeks of heartbreaking Friar basketball with poor defense. After last night, I feel like punching Ned Ryerson square in the face after seeing Providence blow another strong lead only to lose in the final minute. Against Villanova on the road, victory seemed a little more assuring with a 60-41 lead with around 14 minutes to play. In building that huge cushion, everything the Friars were putting up was going in. Ice Cotton looked unstoppable, hitting 6 of 7 three pointers in the first half. The pace in which they were drilling threes was obviously unsustainable, so the interior defense was going to be a huge factor when the shots stopped falling. And boy, did the shots stop falling. Is fatigue a factor? You bet. The Friars missed 14 straight field goals allowing Villanova to claw back. JayVaughn Pinkston abused PC’s interior defense, and carried the Wildcats on his back for the insane comeback victory.

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Early on in the game tonight against Villanova, Vincent Council threw a nice pass to LaDontae Henton for the slam.