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.
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.)
WHAT TO: KNOW
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
Hit up the rest of the preview after the jump.