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Earlier today I post a little something on Facebook asking you all what article you’d like to see – a Cincy recap, a postseason discussion, or a reflection on one particular player.

Thankfully, you guys picked the postseason article. Because God knows deep down I was going to do everything in my power to avoid doing a Cincy recap.

So, you asked for it, now you got it! Hit the jump and let’s talk about the Friars in the postseason!

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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.


Game Time: 2:00 PM

Opponent: Boston College (5-5)

Location: Conte Forum

Spread: Providence -2

Ken Pom: Providence: #59, Boston College: #186 Projection: Providence 67.6, Boston College 64.4

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The Friar Daily 8.23.12

dave@friarblog —  August 23rd, 2012 11:35 PM —  Comments

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

picture @ashaway12 Tweet

Is this part of being a season ticket holder or something? I want Cooley holding up my name!


linkCollegeBasketballTalk: 2013 point guard Shane Rector heading to South Kent for senior season

We already know about Josh Brown possibly picking the Friars on Monday. Here is another 2013 guard who holds offers from PC, Dayton, Hofstra, and Massachusetts.

H/T @FriarFrenzy

One of the better point guards in the 2013 class is on the move, as Shane Rector (Bronx, NY) is transferring from St. Raymond’s High to South Kent (CT) for his senior campaign.

The news was first reported by Adam Zagoria of and Rector will be joined in that back court by 2013 shooting guard Kamall Richards, who played at St. Benedict’s Prep last season.

Rector played this spring and summer for Playaz Basketball Club (New Jersey), averaging 16.7 points and shooting 46% from beyond the arc in games leading up to the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam.

twitter-bird-white-on-blue FriarBasketball Tweet

Mark your calendars. This one is at BC this year.

linkCBS NY: Rothstein Files: 10 Least Appreciated Players In College Basketball

I kinda thought LaDontae Henton had an outside chance to make this list, but oh well. He’s even under the radar, for being under the radar. Two other BIG EAST players were on it though: Jaquon Parker of Cincinnati and Junior Cadougan of Marquette.


THE SKINNY: There’s not enough room in this space to describe how much Parker means to the Bearcats. Pound for pound the toughest player in college basketball, the 6-3 guard regularly played out of position at power forward last season and 15 times had six or more rebounds in a game. As a senior, Mick Cronin will rotate Parker at both the 3 and 4 with the hope that Cincinnati wins an NCAA Tournament game for the third time in three seasons.

Friars Links 12.9.11

dave@friarblog —  December 9th, 2011 7:41 PM —  Comments

GoLocalProv: Friars Hold Off the Eagles

I still couldn’t pick any of their players out of a lineup with a gun to my head.

BC may have one of the youngest teams in all of Division I this season, featuring a roster with nine freshmen (and 11 newcomers overall) that could relegate them to the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, with a similar defensive effort that they mustered against the Friars, they also may surprise a team or two along the way.

Friar Basketball: Cooley Earns Win 100 Against BC

I still can’t bring myself to refer to him as MarShon.

With Kofane providing the spark, Council controlling the offense (17 points, 8 assists) and Henton bringing them home, the Friars have played their way through the graduation of MarShon Brooks, the ineligibility of Kiwi Gardner, and the suspension of Kaddem Batts to start 8-2 and give Cooley his 100th career victory.

Boston Globe: Providence is latest to beat BC basketball

If you don’t want to focus on the end results of games, that’s cool, I guess.

The Eagles stayed close in the second half, but could not match the Friars’ shot-making down the stretch.

“I think we keep getting better every day, but overall we’ve just got to make more of the little plays to win the game,’’ said Anderson, who scored 16 points. “Coach has been building confidence in his freshmen every day, so we’re confident going into every game.

“We’re not focusing on the end results of the games, we’re just focusing on getting better in every single game, and if we keep getting better we know the wins are eventually going to come.’’

The Sun Chronicle: Youngsters power Friars past BC

Like I said last night after the game, I tried to send Brice Kofane a tweet, but he blocked it.

In truth, Henton and Kofane secured the win. Henton hit a pair of free throws to create a 51-48 lead after BC had a chance to knot the score on a three-point play, but failed. Kofane rejected his fifth Eagle shot and Coleman scored on a thunderous jam at the other end. Then Kofane defensive rebound on the very next BC possession resulted in a three-point field goal by Council.

“I just try to help the team,” said Kofane, who played 14 of his 19 minutes during the second half. “Blocking a shot,when I help on defense like that we have a chance to get going on offense.”

ESPN: Conference Power Rankings: Big East December, 9, 2011

Wow, Villanova, what are you doing down there below us? Sucks, don’t it?

10. Providence: No one will confuse the Friars’ 7-2 record for a sign of a Top 25 team in the making — this team has feasted on winnable games early. But there’s no point in knocking that approach either. Ed Cooley is trying to change the culture at PC and in order to do that, he’s first got to change the confidence. Reality will come in the form of Georgetown and Syracuse in back-to-back games to end 2011 and start 2012.

Twitter: @Nets_PR

Marshon Brooks has signed with the Nets!

Nets have signed rookies MarShon Brooks (Providence) and Jordan Williams (Maryland).
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YouTube: Every Day is Gameday

Providence College Fall 2011 DOM Competition – This video was created by a student team in support of a course requirement in an undergraduate marketing class. Well done!

It wasn’t the prettiest game on offense from both teams, but the Providence Friars got it done versus a very young and inexperienced Boston College team by a score of 64-57 to move to 8-2 on the season. The Eagles were able to set the slow tempo and keep the Friars in check in the half court, but they couldn’t keep “Buckets” from scoring buckets late in the game.

photo by @ChrisOnDemand56

Why the Friars won: Although PC struggled from the field at times and turned the ball over a lot in the first half, they were able to answer every time Boston College threatened. On a night where Vincent Council couldn’t find a rhythm on offense (although he did end up with 17 points), LaDontae Henton set his career high in points for the 5th straight game, scoring 21 points after games of 16,17,18, and 19 points. He is not afraid to take a big shot late in the game, and also has been incredibly efficient. I can’t help but think of what it was like watching Ryan Gomes play as a freshman. It’s a lot to live up to I know, but man is Henton a player.

Why Boston College lost: BC should have just taken all three pointers, because then Brice Kofane wouldn’t have been able to block any of their shots. The big man did a lot of damage without even scoring a point, blocking 7 shots and pulling down 5 rebounds. Kofane’d!

Why Boston College Hung Around: The Eagles were able to play some good defense on the Friars, not allowing them to run the fast break (PC had just 4 fast break points in 2nd half). They hit some timely threes and a lot of foul shots, and simply would just not go away. After getting out rebounded on the offensive glass 9-2 in the first half, BC bounced back with a 7-5 edge in the 2nd.

Turning point:  With three minutes to go and the Friars up by 3, Gerard Coleman made a nice jumper from the baseline as the shot clock was winding down. LaDontae Henton would hit another basket on the next trip down the court, and the Friars had a 7 point lead with 2 minutes to go.

Fun Stat I: BC made just two 2-point shots in the first half, but only ended up trailing by 4 thanks to some threes and going 10-12 from the line.

Fun Stat II: Bilal Dixon, 10 rebounds. Nice to see double-digit rebound Bilal for the first time this season. Please stay awhile.

Fun Stat III: The Three C’s and H played all but 4 minutes of the game, with Henton and Coleman each getting a precious 2 minutes rest. Council and Coleman are probably all “You WIMPS!”

Tweet of the Game:

Kofane is playing like Shawn Kemp in NBA Jam out there. Except he hasn’t scored 70 points.
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Q & A with BC Interruption

dave@friarblog —  December 8th, 2011 1:14 PM —  Comments

In lieu of tonight’s game against Boston College,  I exchanged some questions with the Boston College Blog “BC Interruption“. For my answers to his questions, head on over here.

Friarblog: First of all, what the heck happened against UMass?

BC Interruption: BC jumped out to a nice 16-8 lead at the beginning of the game, but as the game wore on, the Eagles were simply outmatched by the Minutemen. Not five minutes into the game, UMass effectively shut down the BC offense. Credit to Derek Kellogg and the UMass coaching staff. UMass employed a full-court press and pressured the Eagles for most of the game, forcing an amazing 23 turnovers.

Later on, you could tell BC simply got frustrated. This is an extremely, extremely young team, and after getting a bit frustrated, the Eagles allowed UMass to score at will in the second half. Chaz Williams had his way with the BC defense, netting 16 points and 5 assists. UMass got plenty of open looks in the second half as they wore BC down.

Friarblog: Boston College is obviously a young team in rebuilding mode. Did you see enough good things last season with new coach Steve Donahue that you’re not in complete panic mode over the poor start?

BC Interruption: Two things. First I don’t know if any of the good things achieved last season under Donahue apply this season. Last year’s 1 seed in the NIT and 20+ wins was achieved with Skinner’s team, not Donahue’s. This year we lost seven seniors (including Reggie Jackson to the NBA) and most of our offensive production with it. This season, Donahue is literally starting from scratch.

Which leads me to two, we’re not in complete panic mode yet over the poor start. Eagles fans are going to have to be patient with this team. Progress can’t be measured in wins and losses. Rather it’s going to have to be measured in terms of improvement throughout the year, particularly on defense and in playing a complete 40 minute game (which the Eagles have yet to do this season).

Friarblog: I know we talked about this when the Friars were making this coaching change, but let’s get into it a little more. Why did Boston College pass on Ed Cooley after Skinner was canned, and what were your thoughts with the decision?

BC Interruption: I think the decision ultimately came down to wanting to make a clean break from the Al Skinner era. Personally, I thought that Skinner deserved one more year (last year) before getting canned, but I guess you can only trade on a 2001 Big East Tournament title for so long.

With due respect to Donahue, I may have leaned towards wanting to see Cooley become the next head coach, but I understand the thought process. Donahue was a more proven, more accomplished head coach at the time, and if you couldn’t tell, former Ivy League coaches seem to be all the rage these days.

Donahue now has a clean slate in which to work, and it will be interesting to see what he does with this team over the next few years. If he was able to bring in the right players, things should start to pay off in 2-3 years when all these freshmen are upperclassmen. Only time will tell.

Friarblog: The Friars are excelling this season when getting out in the open court, allowing Vincent Council, Gerard Coleman, and Bryce Cotton to do their thing. How will BC matchup against PC’s quick guards?

BC Interruption: Not well? Gabe Moton will probably be assigned to guard Vincent Council, but this is simply a bad matchup for BC.

Friarblog:  I must say, looking at the roster I don’t recognize any players (Thank God that Trapani guy is gone, I feel like he always killed us). Who should the Friars be looking out for?

BC Interruption: Junior Matt Humphrey, a transfer from Oregon, can be effective if he does a better job of distributing the ball and not forcing shots. Also keep an eye on freshmen Ryan Anderson and Patrick Heckmann. Heckmann may be the most complete player on the team. He seems to be the one guy on the team not afraid to make a play. It’s still pretty early but I would argue Heckmann will wind up being BC’s leading scorer and leader when it’s all said and done this season.

Friarblog: If Boston College is going to beat the Friars, they must ___

BC Interruption: Play a 40 minute game. BC hasn’t put together a solid 40 minutes all season. Donahue was quoted as saying that the Eagles played a good 33 minute game against Penn State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Eagles are slowing getting to the point where they can put together a full game, but I’m not sure BC is there yet.

Friarblog:  Score Predictions?

BC Interruption: Pain. PC poses a bunch of matchup issues for the Eagles and I don’t like the fact that the game is at the Dunk. I think BC sticks with the Friars for a half before the PC offense wears them down early in the second half. Providence 75, Boston College 58.

Another big win for Coach Cooley” – Vincent Council, with a huge grin on his face talking about playing BC in a post game interview after the Brown win.

The Ed Cooley reunion tour makes another stop this season with his former Boston College Eagles visiting The Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Cooley spent 9 season under Al Skinner as the assistant coach for BC, 5 of which resulted in NCAA Tournament births. If he has similar feelings as he did when his Friars played a team he was the head coach for, then Coach Cooley will probably want to rip off their limbs in addition to simply ripping out their throats. Sure, he will have emotional ties to the school itself, but BC has a new coaching staff and no players he personally recruited. All that matters now is the Friars getting another home out of conference win.

The Eagles are young and rebuilding as well, but the team is tremendously struggling to start the season. They’ve struggled on offense, defense, rebounding, you name it. PC should definitely have the edge against a team they haven’t beaten since Tim Welsh’s last season.


Game Time: 7:00PM EST

Opponent: Boston College (2-6)

Location: The Dunk

Spread: Providence -13

ESPN Accuscore: Providence 76.7, Boston College 60.8 (Providence wins in 87.4% in 10,000 sims)

CBSSports Daily Picks: Providence 74, Boston College 63

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BC Loss Roundup

dave@friarblog —  December 9th, 2010 8:52 AM —  Comments

The Friars lost a tough one on Wednesday night in their first road test of the season. After falling behind early thanks to BC’s hot outside shooting, Providence trailed by double digits for most of the 2nd half. Around the 7 minute mark, the pace picked up and PC clawed back  – Marshon Brooks hit a few threes, the team rebounded well, and the Eagles were forced into some mistakes. BC was able to get some clutch plays by Reggie Jackson to hold onto their lead, but they left the door ever so slightly open when Joe Tripani missed a foul shot with 1 second left leaving Boston College up 2.  A miracle win was just inches away as Vincent Council’s half court desperation shot hit the backboard and the front of the rim. So unbelievably close to a great 10-1 start.


Ok, now that I have my Steve Johnson Twitter rant out of me, I will say that it is encouraging that the young team fought back on the road and gave themselves a chance to win. Marshon continued to step up in key situations, the press was effective at times, and the rebounding was great. Now let’s work on those half court offensive sets against the zone and continue to shore up that transition defense! Baby steps.

Here are the headlines and links around the web. Men’s Basketball Defeated At Boston College, 88-86

The Providence College Friars were defeated by Boston College, 88-86, on Wednesday, December 8 at Chestnut Hill, Mass. For the Friars it was their first road game of the season. BC 88, PC 86: Friars’ determined comeback effort falls short

The Providence College point guard simply put his body into high gear, raced towards midcourt at Conte Forum and let fly a prayer. His 50-foot heave nearly went down. The shot pounded off the backboard a bit too hard, caught a lot of rim and then spun away at the buzzer, giving Boston College a hard-earned 88-86 win over the Friars. Friars Journal: Narrow defeat hard to swallow

“Our inexperienced really showed. It’s showed the while year but we’ve been able to find ways to win,” he said. “Coming on the road for the first time, we saw some things that surprised us. But we learned from one half to the second, and I like our chances to become a good team, because on a night where the other team shoots 52 percent against you and 50 percent from three, and some guys have some off games, and yet it’s a one-basket game at the end.”

GoLocalProv: Friars Fall Short at Boston College 88-86

The Providence Friars had their first real road test of the season Wednesday night. And while PC did not ace the test, they didn’t fail it either. The Friars rally fell short in the end as they lost at Boston College 88-86.

ESPN (AP): Reggie Jackson helps BC build lead, hold off Providence

BC, which never trailed and was tied just once early in the game, held a 42-31 halftime lead. The Eagles saw a 15-point second half lead whittled to two with 90 seconds to play and again in the final minute.

Boston Herald: Eagles escape Friars

“I’m just past halfcourt at the other 3(-point) line watching and I’m like, ‘Oh, gosh. He got it off. There’s no way,’ ” Jackson said. “Then I turned my head, ‘Oh, my goodness, it looks like it’s going to go in.’ Fortunately it was going too fast and it hit the backboard and just rattled out.” Lucky bounce for Eagles

“They got down by 15, it’s almost like that team is more dangerous, because they play with such reckless abandon,’’ said BC coach Steve Donahue. “It’s amazing how much confidence they play with. Then they start getting it going.

The Sun Chronicle: Friars’ rally fizzles

Not defending the three-point shot, nor shooting it very well either, the Providence College basketball Friars nearly erased a 15-point deficit – missing by the margin of a Vincent Council three-point shot from half court off the backboard and rim at the buzzer.

The Truth About PC Basketball: Friars Comeback Falls Literally Inches Short

Coming out of his hand, it didn’t look like it had a chance at all, which may have been a function of the shoddy BC camera work (seriously, AWFUL job by the cameraman as well as the BC radio commentators dubbed over the feed). When it reached the basket, though, it connected with the center of the backboard, hit the INSIDE of the rim, and popped out after a very long split second of hanging on the rim. Literally, a one inch difference in the trajectory of the ball, and the Friars would be walking away with win #10, a spot in SportsCenter’s top 10, and a whole lot of national publicity for the best kept secret in the Big East, VC.

The Cowl: Friars’ Rally Is Not Enough to Top BC Eagles

The good news is that the Providence College Basketball Team is off to their best start since the 1988-89 season. But the bad news is they lost a nailbiter to rival Boston College last night.

The Providence Friars play their first true road game tonight at Boston College. Thankfully, there will be more than enough Friar fans cheering on the team, hopefully easing in some of the players who will be on the road for the first time in their careers. The Eagles have played a much tougher schedule than PC and beat several good teams, but the Friars have built up a lot of confidence with their home wins that will hopefully carry over into Boston.

With that, I leave you with a classic Friarblog post from two years ago.

“Boston College” as Defined by Urban


Game Time: 7:00PM EST

Opponent: Boston College (6-2)

Location: Conte Forum

Spread: Boston College -7.5

ESPN Accuscore: Boston College 78.8, PC 75.5 (BC wins in 55.1% in 10,000 simulations)

Ken Pomeroy Projection: Boston College 79, PC 71 (BC wins with 79% confidence)

CBS Daily Selections: PC 78, Boston College 77

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BC upsets #1 UNC in Chapel Hill, 85-78

That should give the Friars a nice RPI bump