Kadeem, we need you more than ever right now
Good Afternoon Friartown,
We are coming to you early this week, as here at Friarblog we want to make sure you get a good chance to read through and make your perceptions as you prepare for tomorrow’s early 11AM tipoff against UNC-Asheville.
Talk about a busy week for Friar fans, three games since the last crunch, that is a dream for any PC fan. Granted, the circumstances could have been better (I don’t know, maybe half of a complete roster would have been nice), but it is hard to really get on the players too hard. While maybe Dan Dakich couldn’t do his research and realize PC has three players injured, one academically ineligible, and three sitting do to transfer regulations, this team continues to scrap and work as hard as possible to be in a position to win.
I am a stats guy, but one thing that obviously cannot be calculated is heart and determination. Junior walkon Ted Brancroft played a career-high 45 MINUTES against Penn St. on Friday night. No that is no mistake, he played the entire game. And now think about it this way, not only is that a career-high for him, but that would also be a career high for 99.95% of college basketball players over the past ten seasons, most of those guys who have been recruited to play at this level. Ted Bancroft came to PC to be a student! And then he joined the team to be a towel-waiver for moral support! And now he is starting and playing 45 minutes. In the words of Mr. John Rooke, “HOLLLLYYYYY MOLLLLEEYYYY!!!!!”
Yet, despite having a player lacking ability like Bancroft in the game, PC led most of the second half, and took Penn St. to overtime on two late free throws by Kadeem Batts. You can see Cooley oozing out of these players, the toughness, mental and physical, that he has taught these guys. It’s one of those things that maybe you are not happy with the results, but I personally prefer it than losing 105-95 (a score that seemed to define the Keno Davis era for me). As long as the fight and effort is there, how can you complain?
The Games This Week:
Providence 81 Bryant 49
UMASS 77 Providence 75
Penn St. 55 Providence 52
I’m going to bring forth a little bit of a different set-up this week. I’m going to go player from player to discuss games, year to date stats, and even in some cases compare them to last season.
With that, let’s start crunching….