PC Alumni Pre-Game Meetup at St. John’s

dave@friarblog —  December 27th, 2011 12:19 PM —  Comments

If anyone is going to the St. John’s game tonight in Queens, there is an alumni meetup beforehand down the road from Carnesecca Arena.

Alumni Pre-Game Basketball Meet-Up at St. John’s

Sly Fox Inn will serve as the Providence College Headquarters before the big game!
This event is FREE. A pasta buffet will be provided. Join us at the game vs. St. John’s at 7:00 p.m.

Here is the info:

Sly Fox Inn
17723 Union Tpke
Flushing, NY 11366
(718) 969-8169

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Watch Kris Dunn Live Wednesday Night

dave@friarblog —  December 27th, 2011 10:06 AM —  Comments

Friars fans will have the opportunity to see Kris Dunn in action on Wednesday night. It will be exciting to see PC’s future point guard, but I’m more curious to see how he keeps pulling off these 40 point / 17 rebound performances. Be sure to tune in online at 8PM.

Day.com to livestream New London-St. Joseph game on Wednesday

Wednesday’s high school boys’ basketball matchup between reigning state champions New London (Class L) and St. Joseph of Trumbull (Class LL) can be viewed livestream on www.theday.com at 8 p.m.

The game is part of the Northeast Holiday Classic and is being played at the 10,000-seat Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.

Friars Links 12.26.11

dave@friarblog —  December 26th, 2011 9:22 PM —  Comments

Big East: BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Honors – Dec. 26

Vincent Council gets recognized by making the honor roll.

Vincent Council, Providence, G, Jr.
Averaged 16.0 points, 9.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds in wins against New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

A Daly Dose of Hoops: Catching Up With Ed Cooley

Great interview with Coach Cooley, with some some great stuff on the upcoming BIG EAST opener against the Johnnies.

JD: You’ve had four players average 35 minutes or more per game. Against a team like St. John’s with a seven-man rotation, how much of a factor is conditioning going to be for your team as well as theirs?

EC: Huge. That’s a great question…that’s the one thing we concentrated on since we came on board here at Providence, to make sure we were in tip-top shape. Our strength and conditioning has kind of been “1-A” to recruiting as a very important figure in how we build our program here, and we talk about our players all the time as being the most conditioned team with under four minutes to play in the game. Being mentally tough will give us an opportunity to be more competitive.

CBS Sports: Conference Reset: Big East again loaded with tourney-worthy teams

12. Providence

What’s Gone Quite Right: Ed Cooley has this team on the right track. The Friars have a productive leading quartet in Vincent Council, Gerard Coleman, Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton. They’re 11-2 heading into Big East play.

New Year’s Resolution: Don’t get tired. All four of the aforementioned players are playing at least 34 minutes per game; can that last in conference play? The Friars don’t have a ton of depth, but Kadeem Batts’ return will help.

MVP: Vincent Council. The sophomore point guard is one of the most underrated players in the league, scoring 17.1 points and dishing out seven assists per game. He’s also an iron man, ranking ninth in the country in minutes per game.

Step Your Game Up: Kadeem Batts. He was suspended for the first semester, but he made an immediate impact upon his return. Batts needs to continue to do that; the Friars can’t afford any lackadaisical effort from him.

Beyond the Arc: Which high-profile teams should start sweating at-large bids?

I’m not even remotely thinking about at-large bids at this point, but I guess these guys had to throw it out there because of PC’s record.

A quick note about the Friars. Yes, Providence is 11-2, but with an SOS ranked No. 302, and losses to Iowa State and Northern Iowa. The Friars’ best win is at Fairfield. The opening Big East slate is loaded with heavy hitters. We’ll revisit PC in mid-January.

YouTube: Chauncey Billups to Ryan Gomes

The Clippers won their season opener, beating the Golden State Warriors 105-86. Ryan Gomes came off the bench, and scored 6 points and pulled down 4 rebounds in 14 minutes of action. Here is one of his baskets on a nice feed from Chauncey Billups.

YouTube: Wayne Selden: Wayne’s World PT 1

Friar target Wayne Selden is a 6’5 wing, attends Tilton School (NH). He played against Ricky Ledo this year, and had quite the trash talking session.


Friars Impressed Andy Katz This Week

dave@friarblog —  December 26th, 2011 8:39 PM —  Comments

PC’s win at URI made a little nation attention today, with a mention in ESPN’s College Nation blog. Here is what Andy Katz wrote.

ESPN: 10 teams that impressed this week

2. Providence: Yes, the Friars made the grade this week. They won easily at rival Rhode Island, which might not mean much considering the Rams have only one win, but it was a strong statement for first-year coach Ed Cooley, who has his program trending upward heading into Big East play.

Bryce Cotton Talks URI Win

dave@friarblog —  December 24th, 2011 9:33 AM —  Comments

“Following an 80-61 victory on Friday evening over Rhode Island, Andrew Greene chatted with Bryce Cotton of Providence College. The two discussed the game, the URI/PC rivalry, and playing for first year coach Ed Cooley.:

via College Chalk Talk

PC / URI Highlights

dave@friarblog —  December 23rd, 2011 11:07 PM —  Comments

Here are the highlights from PC’s 80-61 win over URI from Cox Sports.

Via Cox Sports Online

Ed Cooley talked with the press following Providence’s 80-61 win over Rhode Island. Bryce Cotton, who scored 19 points and had two huge back to back threes to fuel a great second half, joined him.

Providence – URI Post Game Press Conference: Part 1 by Friarblog

Providence – URI Post Game Press Conference: Part 2 by Friarblog

The Providence Friars moved to 11-2 on the season with their first ever win at the Ryan Center by defeating URI 80-61. Does that record and opponent sound familiar? It’s the exact point PC was at last season, sitting at 11-2 after beating the Rams at the Dunk. However, with the style of basketball this team is playing, it just feels different, right?

Photo by @HollaBackAtLayi

Why the Friars Won: Despite a first half that featured numerous missed foul shots, poor rebounding, and sloppy turnovers, the Friars held a 2-point halftime lead. In the 2nd half, Providence woke up and played with the pride that Coach Cooley vowed the team would play after intermission. PC took advantage of URI’s misses and turnovers and basically ran the team off the court. The three C’s excelled in the fast paced game, and Brice Kofane had a great performance on both ends of the court.

Why the Rams Lost: URI’s offense showed exactly why they were 1-10 heading into this game, despite getting a few transfers back. Bad threes, missed dunks, disjointed offense,  you name it. Billy Baron had a night to forget in his debut, shooting 0-7 from the field. I thought the Barons were supposed to be shooters?

Turning Point: The Friars came out of the 2nd half a little sloppy, but still held on to a small lead. Five minutes into the half, Bryce Cotton drilled a three, the first for PC in the game. After URI missed on one of their MANY jumpers, Cotton once again got an open look after LaDontae Henton kicked it out after failing to make a layup and tip in. Cotton drilled the back to back three, and Providence suddenly had a 49-40 lead. What made that sequence even better? Ed Cooley waiving his arms pumping up the crowd after Jim Baron called a timeout. Nice home court advantage, bro.

Play of the Game: The Cotton threes were pretty sweet, but I would like to call out one of the many missed dunks by URI. Like @TTAPCBBall said, it was like in NBA Jam when the computer decided you couldn’t score anymore and basically shot the ball out of the rim into the sky.

Fun Stat of the Game: Brice Kofane, 8 points and 10 rebounds. Damn. Only ONE block though? What’s your deal, man!? It’s OK, after getting verbally abused by Cooley on the TV broadcast in the first half, he responded in a big way.

Fun Stat of the Game II: Everyone other than Bryce Cotton took TWO three point shot attempts. After the last few season, can you even fathom that?

In the crowd: Friar legend Ernie D, and future Friar Ricky Ledo.

After the Friars defeated New Hampshire, Ed Cooley noted in his press conference that from then on, the competition was going to become very different. As @TTAPCBBall replied on Twitter,

“Yeah, it’s gonna get much worse. #lolURI”

While that definitely gave me a chuckle, this Friar team can’t afford to take any team lightly, let alone a rivalry road game in a hostile environment. The Rams have been playing a pretty awful brand of basketball this season, one that doesn’t play into the weaknesses of this PC team. However, we all know that in this series the talent and win-loss record of both teams never seems to translate. Still, the Friars should be confident going in to the Ryan Center this year with a more disciplined team and stable roster playing smart basketball.

So let’s do this! Can the Friars be the undisputed champion of Cacapoopoopeepeeshire? (and yes, I used this same joke for a URI/PC preview years back. It’s still awesome.)


Game Time: 7:00PM EST

Opponent: Rhode Island (1-10, yup, ONE AND TEN)

Location: The Ryan Center

Spread: Providence -5.5

ESPN Accuscore: Providence 74.7, URI 65.4 (Providence wins in 74.4% of 10,000 simulations)

CBSSports Daily Picks: Providence 75, URI 69

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On January 16th, Cox Sports will air a documentary about how Ed Cooley grew up and became awesome.

via Cox Sports