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Conference power rankings: Big East

10. Providence: 
The Friars continue to pad their record by feasting on unimpressive competition. This week’s flavor of the week, Bryant, has just one win. Providence will face New Hampshire and reeling rival Rhode Island before figuring out just how good it is when Big East play begins.

It’s almost like they didn’t know the team had roster problems or lingering defensive issues. Despite the strength of schedule, the Friars are currently higher than DePaul, Villanova, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Rutgers, and USF. How bad is the bottom of the conference suddenly looking?

Following the Monday Night Football game earlier this week on SportsCenter, Chris Berman (a Brown alumn) did the Providence/Brown highlights set to the MNF music. Hilarity ensues.

“They snuck Marvin Barnes & Ernie Digregorio into the game, I know they did”.


H/T @ADonahue007

Ledo on ESPN Recruiting Front Page

dave@friarblog —  December 7th, 2011 5:41 PM —  Comments

Ricardo Ledo was featured on the front page of ESPN College Basketball Recruiting today, with a link to Adam Finkelstein’s piece on the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic.

Hoop Mountain Prep Classic recap

Ricardo Ledo (Providence, R.I./South Kent)
2012, SG, 6-6, 185 pounds
College: Providence
The marquee matchup of the event saw Ledo’s South Kent squad against Tilton. In a game full of stars, Ledo was the best player on the floor. After a slow start that included just one bucket in the first 15 minutes, Ledo rattled off 19 straight points to close the first half, giving South Kent a double-digit lead that it wouldn’t relinquish. When he gets into a rhythm there’s absolutely no stopping him and he proved it on Sunday. His once-inconsistent jumper is now a true weapon to match his dribble-drive attack, and when he’s a willing distributor he only makes himself that much more effective.

ESPN is breaking down all the nonconference schedules “of each and every team in a dozen different leagues”. Since the BIG EAST is technically still alive (kinda like Al Davis), today they analyzed all 16 teams and ranked their schedule from a scale of 1-10. What is Ed Cooley looking at in his first OOC run with the Friars? Not as easy as UCONN (they got a ONE. way to defend your crown) but nowhere near as hard as St. John’s (10/10).

Nonconference schedule analysis: Big East

Toughest: at Fairfield (Nov. 14), South Padre Invitational (Nov. 25-26)
Next-toughest: at South Carolina (Dec. 1), Boston College (Dec. 8), at Rhode Island (Dec. 23)
The rest: Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 12), Florida A&M (Nov. 19), Southern (Nov. 22), Holy Cross (Nov. 29), Brown (Dec. 5), Bryant (Dec. 10), New Hampshire (Dec. 20)
Toughness scale (1-10): 4 — The Friars do have a difficult slate for a team that won four Big East games and 15 overall and now has a new coach in Ed Cooley. Iowa State should be a sleeper in the Big 12 and Northern Iowa is never an easy out. Those will be games in South Padre Island, Texas. Cooley also has to go back to Fairfield, where he built a nice MAAC program. Winning at South Carolina and Rhode Island won’t be easy, but both programs are in transition at the moment, as is Boston College.

Check out Greedy on SportsCenter again after his nice put back slam off the missed three pointer.

Bilal Dixon had a thunderous one handed dunk against Villanova on a nice feed from Vincent Council.  He came down hard as Yarou fouled him.

The play was featured on SportsCenter as the #2 play of the day.  Congrats Bilal!  You only need 3 more to catch up with Greedy!

Here is a nice still from the AP Photos.

(AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Pat Forde on the Curry Call

dave@friarblog —  February 14th, 2010 12:37 AM

Pat Forde of ESPN weighed in on the Curry call in his Saturday Observation blog post.

The loss cannot be blamed completely on that T — but for a team with virtually no margin for error on the road against a top-five opponent, losing Curry for the final eight minutes was a huge factor in Providence’s sixth straight defeat.

While admittedly having no idea what Curry might have said or done up to that point during the game, his reaction to that particular call didn’t look like an obvious technical response. It probably explains why Providence coach Keno Davis was so exorcised. Big East officiating has been under scrutiny a few times this season, and this is one more talking point.

Greedy Snubbed Left and Right

dave@friarblog —  January 11th, 2010 5:11 PM

Apparently Jamine Peterson’s amazing 29 point, 20 rebound performance was not good enough for any BIG EAST weekly honors, or any mention in the ESPN Weekly Honors post.  I guess his stinker against Louisville brought him down so much, even doing something only 12 other BIG EAST players have ever done could not make up for it.

Harangody, Oriakhi Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Harangody was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after he averaged 30.0 points and 5.5 rebounds and shot 57.9 percent from the field (22-of-38) to lead Notre Dame to a pair of close victories against BIG EAST opponents.  Harangody scored a season-high 36 points — including a go-ahead free throw with 1.9 seconds left — and had six rebounds in a 74-73 win at USF. He had 24 points and five boards on 9-of-15 shooting in a 70-68 win against No. 8/8 West Virginia

YAWN.  Jeremy Hazell (averaged 23 points), Dominique Jones (averaged 28 points), Wes Johnson (averaged 19 and 10 in two games), and Friar killer Scottie Reynolds (averaged 18 pts and 3 assists in 2 wins) made the honor roll.

In ESPN land, Katz doesn’t even give Greedy a mention among many other good performances for the week.  I guess the fact that it was against Rutgers makes it ho-hum?

Tennessee, CofC’s Goudelock take home honors

Seton Hall’s Jeremy Hazell, who has never seen a shot he doesn’t like, scored 33 in a win over Cincinnati.

Srsly? Man, if only Greedy could hit one of those 4 foul shots in a row he missed in the end to get to 30 points.

If there are any Streak for the Cash players out there, tonight’s Louisville game is available as a straight up pick.

Click here to hit up the streak page.

As you can see, not much confidence from the other WWL users out there.  God bless those brave 1.7%!

The comments are already pretty entertaining.

Taxers (1/6/2010 at 7:10 AM) Fry guys for the win in this one. No one travels to Rhode Island and lives.

Kriwoxtj (1/6/2010 at 9:34 AM) no one leaves RI alive??? Except for Iona and URI…they will have an RPI over 125 this year and will again keep Providence out of the dance, their schedule is soft (minus the Big East). This will be a close game, but Louisville covers, that full court press is a biaatch!

Hey, finally a Providence mention in ESPN’s Weekly Watch! Only took 7 weeks!

Purdue notches top win of week

Cooling Off

All the good vibes about St. John’s heading into the Big East must be fading fast. The Red Storm got pummeled by lowly Providence on Sunday, 74-59, to drop to 0-2 in the Big East. The game was at St. John’s. You can’t let that happen this season. Playing without starting point guard Malik Boothe, who is nursing a strained groin from the Red Storm’s loss at Georgetown on New Year’s Eve, St. John’s turned the ball over 23 times, resulting in 21 Friar points. The Red Storm hadn’t totaled as many miscues since last Feb. 14 at Marquette (24).

Lowly eh? I would have went with “rebuilding”.