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Dr. Dre’s Detox album. Half-Life 3. Sin City 2. These are just a few of the sequels that will probably never come to pass. But after much delay, part two of Transfer Talk will (thankfully) not be in the company of these mythos.

Hopefully it won't be in the company of this P.O.S. either.

A lot has happened since part one. Bryce Cotton was rumored to be leaving the Friars thanks to some dumb-dumb with a keyboard. Then we supposedly lost Lee Goldsbrough. Then a potential transfer committed to Maryland. Then we lost out on Orlando Sanchez to St. John’s. Then I managed to cause uproar over the title of an article (and in the process wrote one of the most successful articles in the history of both Scout Friars and my budding journalism career). But that’s all in the past because reinforcements are on the way and here, now, in part two, we’re talking about them! Continue Reading…

There have been rumors floating around the last several weeks that Vincent Council would be leaving PC to pursue a professional career. Even though Ed Cooley has a Top 10 recruiting class coming in, Friartown was fearing another growing pains type season with the possibility of losing one of the best point guards in the conference. That talk was put to rest as Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal reported that Council would in fact be returning for his senior season.

“It was a difficult decision, but I know it’s the right one,” Council said today at the Rhode Island Basketball luncheon at the Radisson in Warwick.

Below is a video of the Cox Sports Basketball Awards luncheon in which Council talks about returning.

Kris Dunn Feature in The Day

dave@friarblog —  March 8th, 2012 9:31 AM —  Comments

Mike DiMauro has a great piece in The Day about Kris Dunn’ background and family.

The Day: How New London’s Kris Dunn found his way home

John and Audra Seldon, in spite of seeing their son’s athletic ability, have reinforced education to their children faithfully. John Dunn, a former high school player at Montville, recently graduated from Central Connecticut with a degree in accounting. Education would be a component at college for Kris, too.

Enter Ed Cooley, the new, personable, energetic coach at Providence.

“I didn’t want a coach that was only going to teach him basketball,” Seldon said. “Kris needed a father figure. He needs a role model. Coach Cooley came from nothing.”

Seldon was asked if any coach other than Cooley discussed education with the family.

“No,” Seldon said bluntly. “Coach Cooley is the only one.”

Two years ago at the BIG EAST Tournament, I did something I normally don’t do when attending sporting events. After a season of terrible defense under Keno Davis coupled with a Seton Hall lead that reached 29 points in the 2nd half, my buddies and I bolted from Madison Square Garden with about 6 minutes left and the Friars down 20. We needed to drown our sorrows at a quicker pace, and walking up and down all those stairs each time to pay for $10 beers wasn’t going to cut it. Shortly thereafter, we watched a Duke Mondy potential game-tying three pointer sail through the air, with the possibility creating one of the worst regretful decisions I could make as a sports fan. The shot would hit the rim and Providence would lose, but would it have made a difference if it went in and the Friars were able to win in overtime (other than me wanting to throw myself in front of a bus on 5th ave for leaving the game)? The utter lack of defense was driving the team to an inevitable downward spiral, and there was surely another 109-106 loss lurking in the next game.

This season the Friars have the same amount of conference wins as those ill-fated PC teams, but Ed Cooley is setting the foundation of the program with a better brand of basketball. A win tonight against Seton Hall (a team that needs a win or two to get into the NCAA Tournament) would be another solid brick for Cooley’s Providence College Basketball team.


Game Time: 7:00PM EST

Opponent: Seton Hall (19-11, 8-10)

Location: Madison Square Garden

Spread: Seton Hall -5.5

ESPN Accuscore: Seton Hall 70.3, Providence 63.3 (Seton Hall wins 71.1% of over 10,000 sims)

CBSSports Daily Picks: Seton Hall 72, Providence 66


Four Factors

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The Providence Friars finished up their 2011-2012 regular season by losing to Notre Dame 75-69 in South Bend.

Up three at the half, the Irish outscored the Friars 26-5 over the first 10 minutes of the second to take control in their regular-season finale.

Providence hustled and scrapped and cut it to eight with a minute left, forcing Notre Dame to re-insert Martin, who’d come out earlier for a curtain call. Gerard Coleman’s steal and layup got the Friars to within six with 48 seconds left.But Notre Dame was able to hold on as Grant hit two from the line with 8 seconds remaining.

The loss puts PC at 4-14 in BIG EAST play for the 3rd straight season, but there’s definitely a different feeling about that record with Ed Cooley running the team. Countless times this season it looked like the Friars were in for a blowout loss, but showed tremendous fight in making a run to make the game close. While it didn’t result in a win like it did this past Tuesday at the Dunk, Providence could have easily quit being down 25 points in a tough road environment in their last game of the regular season. While it’s probably true that Notre Dame let up a little bit with such a big lead, it was encouraging to see the Friars refuse to give up. There’s been some growing pains and some hard to swallow losses this year, but it’s hard to argue that this 4-14 seems anywhere close to the previous two.

Chances are, this resulted in a foul - (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

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The Providence Friars beat the Connecticut Huskies 72-70, closing out their season at the Dunk with a great comeback win over their biggest rival. Winning games in late February? IS THIS REAL LIFE? Thank you, Ed Cooley.

ESPN: Providence 72, UConn 70

Connecticut (17-12, 7-10 Big East) started the second half with an 11-1 run and eventually gained a 14-point lead.Cotton’s four 3-pointers led a Providence (15-15, 4-13) charge, giving the Friars a 63-55 advantage.The Huskies scored the next six points, but Friars freshman LaDontae Henton stopped their charge with two 3-pointers to create a 69-61 lead with 1 minute to go

Why the Friars Won: Despite getting repeatedly alley-ooped on by Andre Drummond in the first half and missing pretty much from everywhere, Providence kept it close on a late run over the last minute to take only a two point deficit into halftime. This was huge, because UConn came out swinging in the 2nd half to build that 14 point lead. In the 2nd half comeback, the Friars got hot shooting from Ice Cotton, the defense picked up some key steals, and the team showed toughness with great offensive rebounding. This was all done without the player having the best game (LaDontae Henton) out on the court, who had to sit big minutes with foul trouble. With the Huskies climbing back in the final few minutes, Buckets came off the bench and drilled two huge threes to give PC the cushion they would need.

"I can shoot a three like this, and it would go in. True story"

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In case you haven’t seen it, here is Buckets winning the game on both ends of the court in the 73-71 win over DePaul on Saturday afternoon.

via FriarTV

Marshon Brooks participated in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend. While his “Team Chuck” won 146-133, Brooks had a few ridiculously bad plays perhaps trying to show off a little too much. Here they are in animated gif glory.

Yikes. Marshon finished with 8 points on 3-10 shooting, plus 3 assists (I’m assuming that failed dunk counted as one?). At least he’s playing well when the games count, eh?

via SBNation

The Fresh Prince of PC

dave@friarblog —  February 17th, 2012 2:34 PM —  Comments

Nerlens Noel is making his visit rounds and is at Kentucky this weekend. To show how much we here at Friarblog care about the big man coming to Providence, I created a song just for him. Please share, retweet, post this wherever you can to get this out there!

The Fresh Prince of PC


(Sung to the tune of the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire)

Now this is a story all about how
A basketball program in Rhody got flipped-turned upside down
And I liked to take a minute just sit with me
And tell you how I became the prince of a college called PC

In Everett, Mass born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chillin out, maxin, relaxing all cool,
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school

When a Coach named Cooley tried to recruit me
Said we’re building something special with Dunn and Ricky
They called me nuts and I got lots of abuse
They said I should go to Kentucky or head to the Cuse

I visited lots of crowded arenas, and got lots of love
The decision was going to be tough when push came to shove
I took my time and listened to my gut
Ima create my own legacy and get a team out of a rut

Sorry Jim, Sorry Cal, Sorry JT3
I’m chosing to be a part of Coach Cooley’s family
The team has been bad, but it’s on the rise
I can see it by looking into Big Ed’s eyes

I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said FRESH and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I can say this cab stunk
But I thought naw forget it yo homes to The Dunk!

I walked onto the court of THE DUNK about 7 or 8
The Friars were ranked, it was a packed house it was great
I looked at my kingdom with my family there to see
To sit on my throne as the Prince of PC

PC is Still on Nerlens Noel’s List

dave@friarblog —  February 16th, 2012 3:10 PM —  Comments

Please disregard the last post saying that Nerlens Noel was not on Providence’s list. Jeff Goodman was incorrect in thinking that his list was cut. Carry on Friartown. Exhale.