Friars Links 3.5.12

dave@friarblog —  March 5th, 2012 4:26 PM —  Comments
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The UConn Blog: The fanbases of the Big East as Simpsons characters

Probably the only good thing that will come out of UConn this year. I didn’t care for the Providence one, so here is St. John’s

The St. John’s Red Storm — Abe Simpson

If anyone was ever going to tell you a story about the NCAA tournament being held at Madison Square Garden with tickets costing five bees (there were bees on the nickel at the time, give me five bees for a quarter you’d say), it’d be leading St. John’s fan and noted college basketball expert Mike Francesa. Also, Grandpa Simpson strikes me as someone who’d be really excited about using the term “redmen.” I’ll just note here that the other character under consideration was Maggie Simpson, because she lives in a house (MSG) but everyone else does whatever they want in there.
Relevant Quote: “I’m cold and there are wolves after me.”

Cox Sports Online: Finkelstein on Cooley’s Recruiting

Cox Sports Online: 2/28 Friars All Access talks with Vincent Council

SBNation New York: Big East Tournament 2012: Providence Basketball Preview

Playing For: Pride

Unless the Friars run the table in the Big East Tournament, which is very unlikely, there’s no shot of qualifying for a at-large postseason berth in the NCAA or NIT Tournaments. Coach Cooley is hoping that his young squad can earn a few victories that can build momentum for next season.

The Register Citizen: BOYS BASKETBALL: 10 things to look for, 5 players to watch in the state tournament

Plot line: Kris Dunn had a brilliant junior season, teaming with Torin Childs-Harris to lead the Whalers to an undefeated season capped by a Class L state championship. Childs-Harris is gone, but Dunn had another monster season, topping 2,000 points for his career, getting selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game and leading New London to another Eastern Connecticut Conference championship. Now, can he lead New London to its first Class LL title?

You should know: Dunn will play at Providence College next season.

Rumble in the Garden: Big East Blogger Roundtable awards: coach, players, rookies

This time of year, I like to poll some of my fellow Big East bloggers/ writers about their picks for the league’s top honors – Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and the all-league teams.

As every year, the Big East season has had a number of surprises, discussed in Part II of the Roundtable. It’s striking that the official all-Big East selections – and the Roundtable’s selections, below – bear only passing resemblance to who we thought would be the best players in the league last fall. There is the joy of sports – not knowing who or what will emerge, being wowed by the surprises. And even with the benefit of hindsight, the voting was close.

BigEast.org: Melo Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Jack Cooley Most Improved Player? Blah.

ESPN: Conference Power Rankings: Big East

15. Providence :This has been the story for much of the year for the Friars: fight hard but lose. Providence gave Notre Dame all it could handle but had no answer for Jack Cooley.

ESPN: Is there a new elite forward in Texas?

Down in Texas, there’s a new Class of 2013 prospect who is generating a ripple in the vast ocean of college basketball recruiting. By the time the spring is over, that ripple may gather enough force and turn into a tidal wave of attention.

Tony Trocha (Houston, Texas/St. Thomas) came to Texas from Colombia. He’s been in class for two weeks. During that time, the head coach from Texas A&M came to school as did assistants from Providence and Wichita State. Ohio State, George Mason and Texas have plans to see him soon. What’s going on?

Nets Daily: Bucher Paints Rosy Picture on Nets; Magic Ownership Is Impediment

Nice big head Marshon!

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