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Friartown News and Notes 12.17.12

dave@friarblog —  December 17th, 2012 9:52 PM —  Comments

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picture Friars.com

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link A Jersey Guy: Big East ready to respond

So is this the Old Big East, or our basketball Big East? Can we use OBE and BBBE?

According to sources in the Big East, Arseco and company are planning on exploring  the following moves.

1.   Sell the name “”Big East”” to the basketball schools after getting some assurances from the NCAA that the cost of losing the Big East name will not cost them too much in the lucrative NCAA basketball tournament. If the name is sold to the new Big East, the old Big East will petition the NCAA to get a 32nd guaranteed spot for its champion.

Aresco’s contention is that a basketball league with Connecticut, Cincinnati, Memphis and Temple has a decent foundation to build.

2. Give East Carolina full membership (the original deal was football only) which would give the new league an Eastern group of Cincinnati, UConn, South Florida, Temple, East Carolina, Central Florida, Tulane and in 2015 Navy.

link College Basketball Talk: Cooley: “We’re excited” about move away from Big East

BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE THE BIG EAST

The Big East was changing every single day.  There were nontraditional schools being invited and I’m pretty sure it just wasn’t in the best interests of them all.  But we’re excited.  We’re real excited about the direction. I don’t know what’s going to happen from here, I just know it’s going in a different direction. And Providence College has solidified itself as far as what we’re doing to be a powerful player in whatever league we’re going to be in.”

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Friartown News and Notes 12.7.12

dave@friarblog —  December 7th, 2012 10:14 PM —  Comments

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picture @PCFriarFaithful Tweet

Well done, students.

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notes Next year the PC / URI clash at the Ryan Center is going to be a national story. Great, now the whole country will see the Friars beat the Rams for the 4th time in a row!

quote_1 Bryce Cotton quote via Woonsocket Call

“Coach, I’ll give whatever I can today. We’ve got to try and get us a win to get to the finish line”

I LOVE ICE COTTON

link Game Recaps: ESPN (AP), Friars.com, GoLocalProv, Sun Chronicle, Pawtucket Times, Friar Basketball, Rhody Rampage

notes Kris Dunn is officially scheduled to play on December 18th according to his father. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE COLGATE GAME. That has to be the first time anyone has uttered those words.

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Friartown News and Notes 12.3.12

dave@friarblog —  December 3rd, 2012 10:00 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place

picture Kadeem Batts Instagram

Here is a nice pic of one of Kadeem’s pin blocks from Saturday against Mississipi State. Maybe this should be on PINTEREST? AMIRITE?!

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notes For his efforts that also included a career high 32 points, Kadeem Batts was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll this week. Bryce Cotton made it two weeks ago.

link Mississippi State Game Recaps: ESPN (AP), Friars.comGoLocalProv, Sun Chronicle, Woonsocket CallFriar Basketball

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Friartown News and Notes 11.26.12

dave@friarblog —  November 26th, 2012 8:31 AM —  Comments

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picture Ricky Ledo Instagram

“Hey what time is it?” “Time to start having more of us play!”

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link Fairfield Game Recaps: AP, Friars.com, FairfieldStags.com, Woonsocket Call, Sun Chronicle, Connecticut Post, Boston.com, Friar Basketball

notes Bryce Cotton is 8th in the nation in scoring. AND HE’S PLAYING OUT OF POSITION. A big part of his success is that he’s getting to the line at a much higher rate (58.4 free throw rate so far this year, compared with 28.7 last season), along with spreading out his scoring from all over the court. The percentages of how Cotton gets his points: Two pointers – 36.9%, Three pointers 32.7%, free throws – 30.2%. Last year, Cotton got 50.5% of his points from three pointers.

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Friartown News and Notes 11.20.12

dave@friarblog —  November 20th, 2012 9:30 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place

picture Vincent Council Instagram

I don’t have a hamstring injury, but can I get this treatment? Looks rather comfy.

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notes The early signing period is coming to a close tomorrow, so Brandon Austin wasted no time making it official by signing his National Letter of Intent. Do these kids still really fax in their letters? They must have to go find a Kinko’s or something, because who has a fax machine?

quote_1 “Brandon Austin is a tremendous athlete and we are excited that he is going to be a Friar. He has been part of winning programs and knows what it takes to have success. Those qualities are important to us as we build Providence College basketball. He will be a key part of our success.” – Ed Cooley

youtube YouTube: Providence College Men’s Basketball Participates in The Program

Wonder why the Friars have been so tough and resilient this year?


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Friartown News and Notes 11.13.12

dave@friarblog —  November 13th, 2012 8:59 PM —  Comments

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picture Ricky Ledo Instagram

As Barney Stinson would say, SUIT UP! Hey, where’s Carson Desrosiers?

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notes Speaking of the suits, all of the players not eligible to play right now (Sidiki Johnson, Tyler Harris, Carson Desrosiers, and Ricky Ledo) did not make the trip with the team to Puerto Rico due to NCAA rules. This must be especially hard for Ricky Ledo, who is of Puerto Rican discent. The rest of the team and staff landed there today.

notes Still nothing new on Vincent Council’s hammy. He is going to Puerto Rico, but I highly highly doubt he will play. Sounds like he could be out for the next several weeks. I say play it safe and wait until the 2nd semester when Sidiki and hopefully Kris Dunn can play.

link Bryant Game Recaps: GoLocalProv, Woonsocket CallBryantBulldogs.com, Sun ChronicleFriar Basketball, Boston Sports Nut

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Friartown News and Notes 11.8.12

dave@friarblog —  November 8th, 2012 8:30 PM —  Comments

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picture Bryce Cotton Animated GIF

Much like Obama, I’ve been here for 4 years but haven’t brought the necessary change I should have to Friartown. I just realized today that I have made zero animated gifs in the history of this blog. Things are going to change. Here is an Ice Cotton one for your pleasure. Thank you for voting Friarblog.

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notes According to Brendan McGair on Twitter, Bryce Cotton was seen at practice putting up some shots. Sounds like he’s going to be ready to go on Saturday. See, the animated GIF is already working.

notes Word is Brandon Austin is possibly making a decision in the next few days. After Kevin McNamara’s article in the Projo and general whispers around Friartown, I like Ed Cooley’s chances (yeah I know the other day I said I wouldn’t care until an official announcement is made yada yada yada). Texas and UConn are the other schools on his final list.

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Friartown News and Notes 11.5.12

dave@friarblog —  November 5th, 2012 8:58 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place

picture Ricky Ledo Instagram

Whatever Ricky Ledo decides to do with his future, he will always love the city of Providence. Check out his new tattoo.

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notes According to @StartTheFriars, Ed Cooley was on PC’s radio station and said that Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton were still unable to practice today. I imagine that Cotton would be able to go by Saturday, but I have no idea what the deal is with Batts’ bursitis in his shoulder. Anyone have any insight to what type of injury he is dealing with?

link Providence Journal: Friars may lead for Philly recruit Brandon Austin

While this is definitely good news, we saw what happened when PC was the “leader” for Jakarr Sampson, Orlando Sanchez, and Nerlens Noel. I’ll just patiently wait for the official announcement.

It is nearing decision time for Brandon Austin and the highly rated guard from Philadelphia just may be favoring the Providence Friars.

Austin, a 6-5 guard from Imhotep Charter who’s helped his school to two straight PIAA state championships, is looking at PC, Connecticut and Texas. He visited all three schools on successive weekend last month and one of his advisers says Providence is in very good shape.

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Friartown News and Notes 11.2.12

dave@friarblog —  November 2nd, 2012 1:20 PM —  Comments

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picture wdom913 Tweet

Here is an interesting picture from the Friars practice yesterday. It seems Batts was sitting out with ice packs on his shoulder (and not wearing football pads). I really hope it’s not too serious since Cooley cannot afford to lose anyone early on in the season. Also, Kris Dunn appears to be rehabbing with some sort of wand apparatus. Or maybe he was a ninja turtle for Halloween.

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notes Scott Cordischi of GoLocalProv also noted yesterday that Kris Dunn was seen taking 15-17 foot jumpers in practice on Wednesday which is certainly a good sign.

link Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Game Notes Vs. Rhode Island College

Gametime is 7PM at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It will also be televised on COX.

Scouting Rhode Island College: Rhode Island College posted a 23-7 mark during its 2011-12 season, including a 10-4 record in the Little East. The Anchormen i nished tied for second with Western Connecticut and Keene State. The Anchormen also went 14-0 at home. RIC made the Little East Conference championship as a third seed entering the tournament. They advanced to the championship game before being defeated by No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut in the i nals, 82-60. The team is led by 6-2 senior guard Tahrike Carter. The 2013 All-Little East guard averaged 10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.2 apg last season. Head Coach Bob Walsh, a 1994 graduate of Hamilton College and former Friar assistant coach, enters his eighth year at the helm of the Anchormen in 2012-13. He has presided over one of the most successful periods in the program’s storied history as RIC has made seven consecutive trips to the postseason and six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament-one of only i ve teams in the nation to accomplish this feat. Walsh has led RIC to the Sweet 16 three times and the Elite Eight once

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Friartown News and Notes 10.30.12

dave@friarblog —  October 30th, 2012 8:16 PM —  Comments

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picture @djt846′s Pumpkin

Happy Halloween Friartown (assuming it’s not cancelled tomorrow in your area because of the storm). This pumpkin was made last year by #pcbb fan @dtj846. I think it reigns supreme again, unless something carved out Ice Cotton’s face into one recently.

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notes I hope everyone stayed safe during Sandy. I’ve seen some terrible things on the news about my home state of NJ.

notes Ken Pomeroy released projections for the upcoming season. The Friars start off at 78th.

notes Basketball Prospectus also put out their preseason projections, and have PC ranked #122. They have the Friars finishing 5-13 in the BIG EAST. After three straight years of 4 win seasons, that’s PROGRESS!

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