It was clear that Vincent Council was not close to returning any time soon, but an update from Bill Reynolds in the Providence Journal might have shed some light on when we could expect him back.
Council had an MRI over the weekend, and his doctor told him that he could be out “four or five weeks”. That timeframe puts a possible return around mid-December. What does that mean for games? He would miss the three games in the Puerto Rico Tip-off this week, plus Fairfield, Mississippi State, Holy Cross, and the big rival game against URI — a total of 7 games. After they play the Rams on December 6th, fortunately for Ed Cooley the team has almost two weeks of for semester break.
If everything heals as expected, Council could return for the December 18th game against Colgate. The Friars will definitely be getting Sidiki Johnson back for this game as well (assuming he doesn’t get on the court earlier from some unlikely waiver at this point), as he needed to sit out for just the first semester per transfer rules. Is it possible Kris Dunn makes his Friar debut too!? The end of December has always been mentioned as a target date, and this would give Dunn three nice out of conference games (Colgate, Boston College, Brown) to get acclimated before they have to travel to Louisville for the start of BIG EAST play.
Realistically, I’m hoping the “Sexy Six” can put up a fight and win a couple in Puerto Rico while Council is out. Like we saw against Bryant, they are still capable of great performances and should be able to hold off some of the weaker teams in those 7 games. Overall, I would be happy with a 6-3 or 5-4 record knowing all three players (and can you imagine if the Ricky Ledo 2nd semester rumor had legs??) could return around the same time. Who would have figured that a sleepy Tuesday night game in December against Colgate could end up being an incredibly exciting time in Friartown?