It’s hard to talk about this game in a way. It has nothing to do with the fact the Friars lost 66-72, nor does it have much to do with how they lost. It’s hard to talk about because it truly does feel like the beginning of the end of an era. There won’t be a “next year when we play the Cuse…” because there’s no promise we’ll play them next year (or ever again outside of tournaments), and there isn’t going to be a “when they come to the Dunk during the Big East season…” because there won’t be a Big East season for Syracuse ever again. The avalanche the Pitt and Syracuse chancellors started in August 2011 is stampeding towards the end-of-the-season finish line at this point. Kind of sad if you think about it.

Year in and year out in the Big East, nobody could mach Coach Boehiem’s dress style. Are you taking notes Jay Wright?

But enough nostalgia, let’s talk basketball!

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FriarPod Episode 7

Daniel "The Warrior Friar" James —  January 8th, 2013 9:32 PM —  Comments

Hey Friar fans, check out the latest episode of FriarPod! From the description:

Join Daniel James, Chris Torello, and Danny MacNamara in the latest edition of FriarPod! In this episode the trio discuss the losses to BC, Brown, Louisville, and DePaul, evaluate the upcoming matchups against Syracuse, Seton Hall, Georgetown, and Villanova, and discuss the latest basketball realignment news.

Listen below: 

 

Hey Friar Fans!

Tonight myself, Chris Torello, and Danny MacNamara are going to be recording the latest episode of FriarPod! The episode will be available tomorrow evening, and we want to field some questions about PC basketball from you. Some of the topics we have tonight include:

  • The four game losing streak
  • Performances from Council, Dunn, and Sidiki
  • Outlook on Syracuse, Seton Hall, Georgetown, and Villanova
  • Discussion on the New Conference

Got a question you want to have answered? Feel you make a compelling argument and your voice needs to be heard (as spoken by yours truly)? Leave a comment or send me a tweet (@TheWarriorFriar) with the hashtag #FriarPod and have your voice heard!

Well…that certainly didn’t go as planned.

Shit.

Starting with Boston College and going up until now something has been going on with this Friars team. We’ve added a McDonald’s AA, a top 100 frontcourt transfer, and a senior preseason All Big East point guard to the roster, and somehow we’ve regressed in all areas. Defensively we’re slower and struggling to keep up with the opposing team in man-to-man, or getting shredded like swiss in a 2-3 zone. Offensively we’re taking more shot attempts and not increasing our conversion rate. Adding more talent to the depth chart usually means you’d be more successful in these areas, so what the hell gives?

After a three game road trip the Friars came to the Dunk to open their Big East home play against DePaul, a team picked to finish a slot ahead of the Friars in the preseason Big East polls. For the past few years both teams have battled to keep out of last place, and after losing to DePaul at home two years ago the Friars got revenge on the road thanks to a last second shot by LaDontae Henton. Coming in as the 7.5 favorites many expected this game to go in the way of the Friars, but just the opposite happened.

Let’s get into it.

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Happy New Year everyone. 2013 will unfortunately have a lot less Friarblog in it. For personal reasons, I won’t be running the blog here going forward for an undetermined amount of time.

Although there will be no posts here, I’ll still be active on Twitter @friarblog. Please check there for updates on the Friars.

Go Friars!

Sunday Morning Crunch – 12.30.2012

rjsuperfly66 —  December 30th, 2012 9:31 AM —  Comments

HAPPY SUNDAY MORNING FRIARTOWN,

I thought about just leaving the page blank, because that would best describe how the Friars played on Friday night. No substance, no heart. Just blank, empty, gutless.

People will point out LaDontae Henton as the lone star. His performance was impressive in comparison to the rest of his team and his own seasonal stats, but let’s have a moment. His shots, they were created by Vincent Council who time after time gave him relatively open looks from three. His defense, well that was less than to be desired. But it’s impossible to just point him out for that, the team as a whole couldn’t seem to guard a bucket of trash outside of 7/11.

If the sense you are getting is that this post has started very negative, it has. PC went to Brown. They were favored by over 12 points in a true road game. GAMER projections had PC winning by 27. Any other projection you find probably had PC has a significant favorite. But they lost, and not only did they perform poorly, they choked when it mattered. Good teams, heck even average teams, find ways to win games they have no business winning.

To assess this performance in more detail, let’s go to the Crunch…

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T.G.I.F: Thank God It’s Friartown 12.28.12

@FriarFrenzy —  December 28th, 2012 9:06 AM —  Comments

TGIF-ABCDid the Friars really lose to Boston College or did I just have too much spiked eggnog?

What? Both?

OK, so the loss to Boston College was a bit of a bubble-burster.

But how do you go to a place called Chestnut Hill during Christmas time and expect to get out of there with a win?

Seriously though, going on the road is a different animal. This program has been made tremendous strides since Ed Cooley took over, but the work in progress continues. The next challenge along the curve is to become a tough road team.

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Ed Cooley on CBS Radio

dave@friarblog —  December 26th, 2012 11:31 AM —  Comments

A couple of days ago, Ed Cooley talked with Jon Rothstein from CBS Radio on the Tim Brando Show.

Sunday Morning Crunch – 12.23.2012

rjsuperfly66 —  December 23rd, 2012 8:55 AM —  Comments

Good Morning Friartown,

I wish I could come to you today with good news, but personally speaking, it is hard to feel good about what happened on the court yesterday. PC played two games this week, with the first being:

FRIARS 79 COLGATE 45

There was so much to celebrate about that game, with suffocating defense, good decision making, and oh yeah, the start of Kris Dunn’s career as a Providence Friar, as he only had 13 assists, a freshman-record for a first game. Sidiki Johnson also made his debut, and while his bullish demeanor on the court will be useful in Big East play, the matchups with three guard lineups is a huge mismatch

Friartown was ready to explode. Expectations were increasing. PC had a road game at Boston College, the same team who lost to Bryant by 2 and Harvard by 16 at home. In their last game, they needed OT to beat UNH by 2. When I saw GAMER projections predict BC to win 69-68, I laughed. PC had momentum, BC was desperate. Perhaps I should have looked at what history has shown us: PC struggles at Conte Forum. The games have been good for the most part, but PC can never seem to pull them out. Before the game on Saturday, PC had lost 6 of their last 8 meetings at Boston College since 2000 (not counting the neutral court game at the Fleet Center in 2007). The wins: 2003 and 2004. Thank you Ryan Gomes!

Seeing that final score, Boston College 71 Providence 68, it just reminded me what it is like to be a Friar fan. We will get there, I believe in Cooley, but it’s never easy.

Enough of the drama though. Kris Dunn played very well in his debut the other night, and so it got me thinking: How did his performance stack up against other freshmen in recent memory? Who do you think had the best freshman opening night debut since 2000?

For that and other answers, let’s get to the Crunch…

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boston-collegeOh, Boston College. We were once conference-mates, but you were among the first few teams that didn’t believe in the survival of the BIG EAST and stabbed us all in the back. It’s cool though. Even though the football/basketball combo didn’t quite work out, that stabbing eventually led the Friars and the basketball schools into a suddenly promising future now that they have banded together and taken action. No more football bs, lots of exit fee money, great teams joining in, and a potential better TV contract. Thanks BC! Let us repay you by beating you on our your home court.

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 2:00 PM

Opponent: Boston College (5-5)

Location: Conte Forum

Spread: Providence -2

Ken Pom: Providence: #59, Boston College: #186

TeamRankings.com Projection: Providence 67.6, Boston College 64.4

Four Factors

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