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Take a rewind back to November 2012. We had just found out that Ricky Ledo will most likely not be playing this year. Questions were being raised if Kris Dunn would be able to play this year because of his shoulder injury, or if he’d have to redshirt. We were fielding an already thin team with two key frontcourt players – Carson Desrosiers and Tyler Harris – ineligible this season due to transfer rules, and another frontcourt member – Sidiki Johnson – not able to play until Colgate for the same reason. Then, Vincent Council, our ONLY senior and ONLY true point guard at the time, got injured within minutes of the first game.

If any of you honestly said “you know, I think this team will definitely win at least 8 Big East games, get hot in February, and be just shy of the NCAA bubble” you were either:

  1. Lying
  2. Drunk
  3. On an illegal amount of Prozac and medical marijuana
  4. Both 1 and 2 but not 3

And yet, here we are, now 8-8, definitely .500 overall for the season, and currently listed as the 8th or 9th team out of the NCAA tournament (or, if you’re Jay Bilas, we’re in the top 68 but not really). Sure, nothing is set in stone for the NCAA tournament, but did you honestly think we’d even be having this discussion back in November?

Better question – is there any doubt about this team left?

If you said “yes” to the above, these words are dedicated to you.

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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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With a 99-85 loss to #4 Syracuse last night, the Providence Friars drop their 7th game in a row, and their 4th in a row to a team ranked in the TOP EIGHT.  It’s been a brutal stretch, with some brutal stretches of bad play leading to these losses.  This time, it was a poor 2nd half against Syracuse after quite the offensive performance in the first.  Even though PC lost and looked quite over matched in last 20 minutes, boy was that first half entertaining.  It was raining threes by EVERYONE (including BMac!), there were alleyoops from Curry to Greedy, and even RAY HALL was dropping some points.  Providence took a surprising 5 point lead (52-47) into the half.

What should the Friars have done?  They should have pulled a George Costanza and left on a high note!  Alright that’s it for me – Good night everybody!”

Bottom line: Syracuse is freakin’ good and have only lost TWO games all year — we will know more about the state of our program after the final three games (with two of then winnable IMO) and their performance in the BIG EAST Tournament.

(AP Photo/Stew Milne)

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LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

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  • Both teams obviously put up great overall eFG% numbers (thanks to 14 Providence threes, and Andy Rautins), but when Syracuse tightened up their zone to start the 2nd half, the Friars looked like Boeheim invented a new defense at halftime.  Passing lazily around the perimeter and getting poor shots led to several turnovers, and more easy transition baskets by the Orange.
  • Syracuse really dominated on the offensive glass, leading to a big 21-10 advantage in 2nd chance points.  The Orange rebounded almost half of their own shots, with Rick Jackson (6) and Arinze Onuaku (5) combining for 11 of the 17 offensive rebounds.  It was not one of the Friars’ better nights rebounding, as nobody had more than 2.
  • Turnovers killed PC in the 2nd, as they coughed up the ball 10 times, leading to 18 Syracuse points.  Greedy Peterson had 4, Marshon Brooks 3, and three others had 2 (VC, Hall, Mondy).
  • Ah, back to the ways of not getting to the foul line.  I know its hard when you jack up 33 threes, but THREE Friars getting to the line again?

OTHER STAT NOTES

Possessions: 73

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 116.4

Syracuse: 135.6

  • Providence has only put up a higher offensive rating in 3 other BIG EAST games – USF (128), Rutgers (123.7), and Marquette (Home game, 123.4).  Rutgers was the only win.

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Andy Rautins – Hey buddy, how about MISSING A FREAKING BIG THREE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.  GET EFFED!

Rick Jackson – Congratulations Rick! You were the winner of the “Opposing Player Career High in Scoring” contest! Julian Vaughn of Georgetown will do the honors of presenting you with the coveted black and white winner’s jacket at a ceremony over the weekend.

Marshon Brooks – Like the rest of the team, had more success behind the arc in the first half, but also hit 7 of his 10 2-point shot to go along with 3 steals.  We need Marshon to keep stepping up.

Vincent Council – His numbers were around his season average, but you have to give him credit for playing like that with a bum hand.  He’s a gamer.

Brian McKenzie – Ah BMac, you make a few threes in the first half, and feel like you can just keep chucking them up in the 2nd.

Bilal Dixon – Just overmatched against Syracuse’s bigs

Brandon Triche – BIG EAST All-Rookie, but not ahead of our VC.

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Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated By No. 4/4 Syracuse, 99-85

The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-15, 4-11 BIG EAST) was defeated by No. 4/4 Syracuse University (26-2, 13-2 BIG EAST) by a score of 99-85 on Saturday, Feb. 23 before a sell-out crowd of 12,410 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. After the Friars led by eight at 55-47, PC could not overcome the subsequent 26-2 run by Syracuse that helped the Orange claim the 99-85 victory.

SUAthletics.com: Jackson, Rautins Lead #4 Orange at Providence

With the win, the Orange clinched one of the top four seeds in the BIG EAST Championship, earning the double bye to the quarterfinals.

Junior Rick Jackson led SU with a career-high 28 points, while senior Andy Rautins also had 28 points, a season-best mark. Jackson was 13-of-17 from the floor and a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe and added nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and a pair of blocked shots in his career effort.

Projo.com: Orange crush PC’s upset hopes, 99-85

The Friars were raining in 3-pointers from every corner of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, lighting up the scoreboard for 52 first-half points. The sellout crowd (12,410) was rocking, while the seemingly thousands of fans of the No. 4 ranked Syracuse Orange watched in stunned disbelief.

Then the second half began. Looking like every bit the national championship contender, Syracuse wiped out a five-point halftime deficit and tore away from the Friars for a 99-85 win. The Orange ripped through PC’s defense for 61-percent shooting in the half and ended the game hurting the Friars both inside (56 points in the paint) and out (10 threes, eight by Andy Rautins).

Pawtucket Times: Syracuse Blows by Providence

The game was a familiar one for Providence and its fans. After staying close for a prolonged stretch, the Friars were virtually powerless to stop the Orange from imposing their will at the game’s most critical juncture. PC managed to score only eight points in the opening 10 minutes, though recovered enough to move within 11 points on a couple of occasions.

Syracuse.com: Syracuse University basketball blasts Providence

On a night when Syracuse scored 99 points, the Orange won with defense. Nine minutes worth of defense.

Syracuse.com: Syracuse big men dominate Providence on the inside

“They’re playing a match-up zone and they’re undersized,” senior center Arinze Onuaku said. “And they got young guys in there. So any time I caught the ball, I felt like I could score.”

Syracuse.com: Rautins on a roll; SU guard is shooting 57 percent from 3 in SU’s last three games

An Andy Rautins miss from 3-point range is a recent rarity.

The Syracuse guard went 8 of 12 from outside the arc in the Orange men’s 99-85 win over Providence. He scored 28 points. In SU’s last three games, Rautins is shooting 16 of 28 from long distance.

The Axe Man: SU-Providence Recap

Syracuse opened the second half by extending the zone defense, and we are talking Gumby-like stretching here, and went on a 26-2 run to open the half and watch the Friars wilt under the defense that was taking a coffee break at the Dunkin Donuts Center in the first half.
Providence turned the ball over more in the first three minutes of the second half than they had the entire first half, decided defense was optional, and watched yet another Top 8 team steamroll them.

Daily Orange: Jackson’s career-high 28 points drive Orange offense in high-scoring win over Providence

Jackson battered Providence to the tune of 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting, including a team-high nine rebounds in Syracuse’s 99-85 win over the Friars Tuesday night. Jackson’s explosive performance was just the second time in his career he’s hit the 20-point plateau, previously having accomplished the feat against Florida on Dec. 10.

“They weren’t double-teaming or anything like that, I just got the ball and really just finished,” Jackson said. “I felt they just kept leaving me open in one-on-one opportunities and I had good position on a lot of the shots I took and it turned out good.”

ESPN.com: Rautins key to Syracuse’s success

Davis said Rautins is a game changer and someone who you can see has improved so much over his career. Rautins isn’t someone who improved his game in just two hours of practice a day, his coach said. Clearly, he has put in the extra work. But what is clear as well is that Rautins isn’t just a shooter, even though that was his staring role Tuesday night. Rautins was bringing up the ball on a number of occasions to jump start the offense. He dished out four assists, had just two turnovers and one steal in playing all 40 minutes.

Orange:44: Syracuse – Providence Postgame Reactions OR Puns & Alliterations

A little extension of the 2-3 zone, and a little more intensity, and we started to see the Syracuse team we had expected to see. They were running up and down the floor. They were grabbing rebounds (37, including 17 from the offensive glass). They were stealing the ball (12) and blocking shots (5). They were playing Syracuse Basketball

Boring-ass AP Writeup

The Providence Friars lost another tough one to another tough team, this time against #4/#5 Villanova at the Wachovia Center.  Despite losing their 5th game in a row, and dropping to below .500 on the season (12-13), Providence is showing improvement and fight.  The Friars hung tough until referee Doug Shows decided to shorthand PC by giving a ridiculous foul and unnecessary technical to Sharaud Curry, causing him to foul out of the game with 8 minutes left.  From that point on, the Wildcats ran over Providence like the picture below.

Believe it or not, this was called a blocking foul on Council (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

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LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

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  • Providence’s eFG% was dragged down by their 2-point shooting in the first half.  The Friars were just 4-15 from the inside the arc, but 5-13 from behind the three-point line (mainly thanks to Sharaud Curry)!  Villanova did not have to rely on their three point shot, and used a 56% on 2-point shots in the 2nd half to pull away.  With many of Providence’s players in foul trouble throughout most of the 2nd half, Villanova scored inside easily with little resistance from defenders.  Providence definitely had a better defensive effort than previous games, but the foul trouble clearly limited them in the 2nd half.  For the record, Villanova has only had a lower eFG% in BIG EAST play against two opponents — Seton Hall and Marquette.
  • The Friars were not able to control the boards, getting out-rebounded on the offensive glass 16-12.  Peterson and Dixon combined for 5, but only other Providence players to get one were Curry and McKenzie, who grabbed one each.  The rest were “team”.  Even though Villanova had a 4 rebound advantage, they capitalized on them more, leading to a big 24-8 advantage in 2nd chance points.  No Wildcat player had more than two offensive rebounds, but EIGHT different players grabbed at least one.  Now that’s a team effort.
  • Most of the turnovers for both teams came in the first half (10 of PC’s 16, and 11 of Nova’s 15).  Greedy Peterson (who had all of his in the 1st half) and Vincent Council combined for 10 of the Friars’ 16.  The miscues evened each other out as both teams scored 16 points off turnovers.
  • With the way the whistles were going off every other second, it would have been a tragedy had PC not been able to get to the line often.  After troubles at the line against Georgetown, Keno must have made that a priority because the Friars looked great once they got there.  Vincent Council did not have his usual leaning after shooting habit, and hit 8 of 9 by drawing all sorts of contact with his drives.  Bilal Dixon had also been struggling from the charity stripe, and went a solid 5-7.  Apparently Greedy Peterson was off doing other drills, because he still had a disastrous time missing 4 of his 8 attempts.  Villanova also went to the line frequently since they played most of the game in a double-bonus.  Reynolds had a team high 8 foul shot attempts, 4 of which game on the ridiculous Curry double foul.

OTHER STAT NOTES

Possessions: 80

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 101.2

Villanova: 115.0

Interesting Plus/Minus numbers

Marshon Brooks: -16

Bilal Dixon: -5

Antonio Pena: +14

Scottie Reynolds: +14

Corey Fisher: -7

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Scottie Reynolds – I’m going to let SM from “The Truth About PC Basketball” handle this by way of his tweet during the game: “New NCAA rules. Scottie Reynolds can do whatever he wants.

Vincent Council – After his dud against Georgetown, he’s back baby.  Keno did mention that he was “sick as a dog” against the Hoyas, so no need to worry about the FRESHMAN WALL quite yet.  One can only hope that before he got over whatever it is he had, that he coughed on Brian McKenzie.  Woh, did I just say that out loud?  I’m already sick myself, so deal with that karma police.

Antonio Pena – Kept Greedy and Bilal off the boards with 10 defensive rebounds.

Sharaud Curry – I’m not sure if Curry has ever gotten teed up before (I’m guessing no), but this was only the FOURTH time in his career that he fouled out of a game.

Jamine Peterson – Eventually put up the 19-9 line, but wasn’t really effective in the first half and the stretch where Villanova pulled away.

Taylor King – I’m usually a fan of the goofy white guy who comes off the bnech, but something about this guy just rubbed me the wrong way.  After the Friars got whistled about 18 times in a row (including the Curry double foul), King BLATANTLY tried to hold Dixon to get a offensive rebound.  It was so obvious, even Tim Higgins would have called it if he was reffing in the DUNK.  After he was called, he looked incredulous and complained about the call.  Seriously dude?  No wonder this guy was previously at Duke — the guy has douchebaggery written all over him.

Marshon Brook – Marshon needs to get stronger and put on some muscle.  Eating one bowl game after game is not going to get the job done. 1-8 from the field?  Dude.

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Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated at Villanova, 92-81

The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-13, 4-9 BIG EAST) fell to No. 4/5 Villanova (22-2, 11-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 92-81 on Saturday, February 13 before a crowd of 18,622 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa. With the Wildcats holding a 62-58 lead with 9:34 remaining in the contest, Villanova used a 17-7 run over the next 4:46 to take a 79-65 with less than five minutes to play. From there, the Wildcats held on for the victory.

Projo.com: Ejection costs Friars in loss to Villanova

Down just four, 64-60, with 8:07 left, Curry got tangled up in front of the Villanova bench with Scottie Reynolds. Curry was called for a foul and then was slapped with a technical foul by official Doug Shows after expressing some degree displeasure with the call. Those two fouls added up to Curry’s fourth and fifth of the game, knocking him out of the game.

Projo.com: Friars Journal: Brooks stays positive, despite results

The junior guard was referring to his 1-for-8, 5-point performance in the Friars’ 92-81 loss to Villanova. While Brooks certainly didn’t play up to his ability, he is perhaps the perfect Friar to ask important questions to. The most pressing for the team right now is how it is holding together after losing five straight games and seven of eight overall against as tough a schedule as anyone in the Big East over that stretch.

Projo Hoops Blog: PC loses at Villanova, 92-81

Playing Villanova at full strength is one thing. Trying to spring the upset of the Big East season after a questionable foul call that robs you of a leading player is doubly tough.

Philly.com: Reynolds rescues Villanova again

Reynolds did it again yesterday, scoring 17 of his 22 points in the final 20 minutes to lead the fourth-ranked Wildcats to a 92-81 Big East Conference win over Providence at the Wachovia Center, and giving Jay Wright his 200th career victory as Villanova’s head coach.

The Times Herald: Villanova grinds out win over Providence

“Not the prettiest victory, but Providence makes you play that way,” Wright said. “They’re scrappy and quick and every time we tried to play big, they were too quick for us. We wound up playing a little smaller with Tone (Antonio Pena) as the five man. Tone is experienced enough that he can play against smaller guys. They’re tough to match up with. We survived. That’s the best I can say about it.”

CSNPhilly.com: No. 4 Villanova Too Much for Providence in 92-81 Win

“Different players have different knacks,” Reynolds said. “I guess one of ours is, once you sense [that moment] in the game, you’ve got to take advantage of it, because it could go like that, and it might not be there anymore. Once they make adjustments, things like that, then you have to start over again. Once you find it, you have to take advantage of it.”

Friar Basketball: Villanova Notes

Curry has his flaws, and certainly his detractors, but he’s been a solid four year player at Providence.  He hit huge 3s in the first half when it looked as though the Friars were falling out of the game and when he fouled out Providence really missed him offensively.  Many will play the “he gives up more than he scores” card with Curry, but there aren’t many players on this roster than you can’t say that about.  He’s averaging 18 ppg, on 89% from the free throw line and 43% from 3 in Big East play.  Numbers that won’t be easy to replace next year, especially on a team lacking shooters.  Maybe Joe Young replaces him as our shooter next year and starts 23 games, scores 11.9 per game, shoots 36% from 3, and 89% from the FT line – Curry’s freshman year numbers.

VUHoops.com: Villanova Slides Past Providence, 92-81

Villanova (22-2, 11-1) continued its winning ways since last Saturday’s loss at Georgetown, taking Providence at Wachovia 92-81. However, this one was close for much of the game until Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher turned a tight game into another ho-hum double-digit win for the Cats.

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OTHER TWITTER REACTIONS

TTAPCBBall Bogus technical on Curry was the end of this one.

JADuffy now let’s see what the 2010-11 Friars can do. #friars

rjsuperfly66 Text from my dad: “How does Curry get a t with his back to the guy? Did he fart?” Sounds like typical Friar hate going on at Nova

PhillyFriar I really loathe Villanova. Especially Scottie Reynolds. #Friars

UCBearcatsblog @friarblog I agree. The refs took that game over big time the second half. The technical on Curry turned it. Big East refs blow this year

BH_Orange44 @UCBearcatsblog @friarblog It’s sad. Last year BE refs were the best in the country and the most consistent. It’s a shame.

Friarso8 WE JUST TUK 1 IN THE AZZ FROM THE BIG EAST CONFERENCE!!

FriarBasketball @friarblog Any chance Reynolds gets a tech when he has four fouls? Not a big ref complainer, but this is just poor

CranstonStyle @friarblog Well- it was a game until that T. Too bad.

The third leg of the GUANTLET proved similar to the first few — the Friars played pretty well in the first half, but struggled offensively only to fade late in the second.  Thankfully for some lucky fans, they did not have to witness the momentum changing Georgetown 14-1 run, or the inability to score late, thanks to the fan with the sign below.

Despite only being down as little as three in the final several minutes, Providence could not execute offensively, and continually let the Hoyas score on easy inside baskets.  The Hoyas were clearly the bigger and better team, and the Friars obviously still have some work to do in being able to execute in games down the stretch. The losing obviously sucks, but hopefully the team can look at how they were able to compete with these very good teams for 20 minutes, and start getting closer to 40 minutes of good basketball.

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LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

More on the Four Factors

  • The Friars’ 40.2% eFG% was their third worst of the season, behind St. John’s on the road (38.6%, in a game they surprisingly won, well, because it was against St. John’s) and the Iona debacle at home (34.6%).  Since hitting 13 threes against Cincinnati on the road, the Friars have gone 6-21, 6-22, and 7-27 from behind the arc.  Well, at least they are consistent, eh?
  • Providence was able to dominate on the offensive glass, leading to a 20-8 advantage in second chance points.  If they were able to actually shoot in the game, that number could have been crazy high. Bilal Dixon had a career 16 total rebounds, getting half of them offensively.  Greedy Peterson chipped in with usual 5 ORB, and Brian McKenzie and Russ Permenter (who???) also got 2.  Chris Wright led the Hoyas with 2, and five others chipped in with 1 offensive board.
  • Turnovers were relatively even (leading to a slight Hoya edge in points off turnovers, 13-9), but a few Friar mistakes stood out in my mind as momentum changers.  With PC building a 4 point lead late in the first half, Marshon Brooks turned it over two times in a row.  The Hoyas were only able to get a bucket as a result, but Providence really had a chance to head into the locker room with a nice lead.  During Georgetown’s 14-1 in the second half, Vincent Council dribbled the ball off of his foot (or maybe it was his defender) — Chris Wright got the steal and the nice bucket, who sank his foul shot for the three point play after Duke Mondy fouled him (but not hard enough!).  49-48 Hoyas, and they didn’t look back.
  • The last two games PC had a terrible time of getting to the line.  Even though they did a pretty good job against G’Town, maybe all that time off from the charity stripe left them rusty.  Peterson and Council combined to go 7-15.  Marshon Brooks got the line the most after Greedy, and at least went a perfect 8-8.

OTHER STAT NOTES

Possessions: 69

The game was slightly faster in the 2nd half, with about 34 possessions.

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 100.8

* 1st Half: 104.0

* 2nd Half: 98.5

Georgetown: 113.7

* 1st Half: 97.7

* 2nd Half:  127.8

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Greg Monroe – What are you still doing playing in college?  Go to the NBA.  Become an All-Star. Make millions! It’ll be great, I swear.

Chris Wright – Great defense, great offense

Bilal Dixon – Getting better and better each time out.  Wish everyone else could play as hard as him. Maybe he can hold a camp this summer!

Julian Vaughn – Aaaaaaaaaand there is your random player with a career high in points for the night.

Jamine Peterson – Yeah the points were nice, but imagine if he could shoot foul shots?? Oh, the places we’d go.  I have him at two because I couldn’t decide if banking in a three would be a +1 or -1.  Still undecided.

Vincent Council – At least if he truly was sick ,we’d have a reason for his poor game.  Or we can just chalk it up to freshman things.  That’s how I was able to sleep last night

Marshon Brooks – Paul Pierce is a douchebag.  There, I said it again.

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Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated By No. 7/8 Georgetown

The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-12, 4-8 BIG EAST) fell to No. 7/8 Georgetown (18-5, 8-4 BIG EAST) by a score of 79-70 on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. After the Friars led by as many as seven (47-40) in the second half, the Hoyas used a 14-1 run over a span of 5:18 to pull away from PC and claim the victory.

GoHoyas.com: Wright Scores 21 Points, Lead Four in Double Figures as No. 7 Georgetown Uses Second Half Run to Pull Away from Providence, 79-70

Junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John’s College HS) scored 21 points and sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) added 12 points, a career-high 12 assists and seven rebounds as the No. 7-ranked Georgetown men’s basketball team used a key second half run to pull away from Providence for a 79-70 win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Projo.com: Friars hang with No. 7 Georgetown, but fade in end

Such a chance was at hand Tuesday in a nationally televised contest at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The youthful Friars led by two points at the half and by seven with 15 minutes left, but the Hoyas responded with a game-changing 14-1 run and dashed PC’s upset hopes with a 79-70 victory.

Sun Chronicle: No. 7 Hoyas brush off pesky PC

Truth be told, the Hoyas (18-5, 8-4) outscored PC (12-12, 4-8) 14-1 over a five-minute stretch, erasing that seven-point deficit (47-40) and never allowing the Friars a comfort zone on offense. The Friars shot just 4-for-14 from the floor over the first 10 minutes of the second half, shot just 31 percent during the second half (10-for-32) and missed a dozen free throws.

Hoya junior guard Chris Wright scored 21 points, junior forward Julian Vaughn scored a career-high 19 points, junior guard Austin Freeman added 17 and 6-foot-11 sophomore center Greg Monroe had 12 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.

WBRU News: PC falls to 7th-ranked Georgetown, 79-70

PC was the more physical team all night. The Friars crashed the boards hard, especially on the offensive end, and won the rebounding battle 42-31. But the Hoyas’ superb ball movement and shooting prowess ultimately overwhelmed the home team, sending the Friars to their fourth consecutive loss.

Keno on his team playing with heart:

Projo.com: Friars Journal: Brooks not himself on court

Brooks bounced back after a sub-par effort in a loss to Marquette with 18 points in PC’s 79-70 loss to Georgetown on Tuesday night. Even so, Brooks clearly is not comfortable on the court right now. He’s not catching the ball in scoring position often enough and frequently holds the ball and disrupts the flow of the offense.

FriarBasketball: Shooters Wanted, Pillar 2 Emerging

In fear of beating a dead horse, Providence simply has to bring in better shooters if they expect to win playing Keno Davis’ style.  The lack of interior depth is an obvious issue, the defensive woes are apparent, but the under the radar issue on this roster is the lack of pure shooters.

Casual Hoya: Georgetown Slides Past Providence, 79-70 

When you say double-double and big man, how many times do you think of points and assists?  Greg Monroe willed the Hoyas past the scrappy Providence Friars tonight, with 12 points and 12 assists.  It was a big sigh of relief for the Hoya Faithful, as Georgetown finally beat a team they were supposed to beat.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 79, Providence 70

Having said that, this was actually the best defensive performance for the Hoyas since the start of conference play.  Why?  They forced the Friars into a ton of missed shots – missed jump shots actually.  Provy was 7/27 [26%] on 3FG, but also made only 1/13 2-pt jump shots.  That’s a combined 8/40 [20%] on all jumpers, and they took a lot of them.  Jump shots made up 40/61 [66%] of their total shot attempts from the field.

Hoya Hoops: Providence Recap

In the game following Georgetown’s impressive thrashing of Duke, the Hoyas suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of a lesser Big East opponent. Georgetown made sure there was no such letdown after the win over Villanova. The Hoyas overcame a mid-game slump and a eight-point second half deficit to defeat Providence 79-70, improving to 8-4 in Big East play.

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Another Tough Loss [Game Recaps]

dave@friarblog —  February 7th, 2010 3:38 AM

So PC got to face the weakest Gladiator (I may be incredibly dating myself here, but didn’t Mr. Dewey from “Saved by the Bell” try out for them at one point?) they will see amongst the six-game GAUNTLET, and they came up short despite some really great performances.  If there are any positives to take out of this loss, it’s that Greedy keeps improving and is awesome, and Bilal Dixon keeps getting better.  Vincent Council had a rough going at the end when he forced up a three to tie when nobody was open, but we already knew he was awesome.  Those three are going to be a great part of the team the next few years.

Read more about the game after the jump.

LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

More on the Four Factors

  • Marquette has shot above a 60% effective field goal percentage four times this season. Two of those were both games against the Providence Friars.  The other two teams? Presbyterian and Maryland Eastern Shore.  Good company PC!  The Golden Eagles have shot well behind the arc the whole season, but their excellent ball movement coupled with Providence’s poor defense created lots of easy baskets as well.  Hey, at least MU was kept under 70% eFG% this time!  Lazar Hayward was incredibly efficient (145 ORtg), which is even more impressive given the fact that he took 31% of MU’s shots when he was on the court (which was 97% of the game).  For the Friars, they were able to consistently score down low (48 points in the paint, 56% on 2-point shots) but no one other than Sharaud Curry could hit a three.
  • The Friars showed yet again why they are the top offensive rebounding team in the conference.  However, despite a dominating 22-13 advantage on the offensive glass, PC only held a 22-18 lead in 2nd chance points.  Bilal DIxon had a career high 8 offensive rebounds, while Greedy and Hayward followed with 6 and 5, respectively. There was no other bigger rebound in the game with 15 seconds left when MU player David Cubillan took an ill-advised long three while clinging to a 1 point lead.  The rebound went long and Hayward was right there.  He got fouled and hit both of his free throws.  Sometimes the bounces just don’t go your way, even when it is in a facet of the game in which you have the advantage.
  • Bilal Dixon ad Marshon Brooks combined for 8 of the 13 Friars turnovers.  Vincent Council 7-1 assist to turnover ratio.  Hooah!  Marquette also took good care of the ball, especially in the 2nd half when they only committed 3 of their 11 total miscues.
  • Providence needs to do a way better job at getting to the line.  Only two players went to the charity stripe against Syracuse, but hey we got THREE this time against Marquette!  I guess that’s a start. While I guess the totals are going to be low when you take 22 three pointers, there is a weird trend of not calling fouls when the defender knocks into you immediately after the shot.  Twice it happened to Sharaud early on, and Brooks maybe as well (although he tries to sell that at least once per game).  Greedy, VC, and Dixon have been generally getting to the line pretty well, but I would like to see the rest of the guys improve on it.

OTHER STAT NOTES

Possessions: 64

The game was slightly faster in the 2nd half, with about 34 possessions.

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 123.4

* 1st Half: 127.3

* 2nd Half: 112.4

Marquette: 128.1

* 1st Half: 116.6

* 2nd Half:  142.9

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Lazar Hayward – Fitting that in his most likely last game against the Friars, he torches them leading Marquette to victory.  Over the the years he has killed PC, and I can’t wait to see him graduate.

Jamine Peterson -13th double-double of the season.  He didn’t get ejected AND he only took 3 threes!  Did I even see a couple of nice assists in there?

Sharaud CurryI’m glad he gave himself two minutes this time to start his comeback attempt with several big threes.  Too bad he couldn’t get the ball more in those big spots at the end. Wow, when was the last time I said that?

Jimmy Butler – Huge dagger three (well, before the Friars scored 6 points in 5 seconds to come back) and 19 points overall.

BIlal Dixon – Aside from a few turnovers, had a great game overall on both ends of the court.  Was able to take advantage of Marquette’s size and got 3 blocks on defense.  Almost pulled a Charles Smith at one point when he got 3 or 4 of his 8 offensive rebounds on one play — but unlike Mr. Smith, finally made the shot!

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Marshon Brooks – Probably one of his worst games of the year played with two healthy ankles.  Offense, defense, performing in big spots.  Just an off night I hope…

Kyle Wright – I’m all set with this guy if he is just going to come into games and jack up threes immediately.   Of his 56 field goal attempts this season, 41 have been three point attempts.  That would be fine if he shot better than a 34% clip.

Maurice Acker – Yeah we contained him!! Bring on Cashmere Wright bitches!!

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Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Edged By Marquette, 82-79

The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-11, 4-7 BIG EAST) was defeated by Marquette University (15-8, 6-5 BIG EAST) by a score of 82-79 on Saturday, Feb. 6 before a crowd of 12,061 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Trailing 80-73 with 1:19 to play, the Friars scored six points over the next 24 seconds to move within one point (80-79) of Marquette, but PC could not score for the remainder of the game.

Projo.com: Determined Marquette outlasts PC, 82-79

One of the teams almost always needs a win to keep teetering NCAA Tournament dreams alive. As bodies fly, the embattled officials hear it hard from fans and coaches alike. And the games melt down to who can somehow make the final one or two toughness plays.

Projo Hoops Blog: PC loses late to Marquette, 82-79

Some tough, late game plays by the Marquette Golden Eagles just delivered a gritty 82-79 victory over Providence College in the final seconds.

Lazar Hayward hit two free throws with 13 seconds left to secure the three-point lead and then PC could only managed a forced, desperation 3-point try by Vincent Council that missed at the buzzer.

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WBRU: Marquette staves off rally, beats Friars 82-79

The Providence Friars came extremely close to pulling a major upset on Saturday afternoon after closing an seven-point deficit to one with 56 seconds left. However, a desperation Vincent Council three-pointer clanged off of the rim as time expired, giving the Marquette Golden Eagles a 82-79 victory.

(Ed. note: Major upset?  I don’t think so pal.)

Golden Eagles Blog: Recap: Providence (The Redux)

Were you expecting a pick and roll on Providence’s last possession: “Yes. We played it well. I can’t remember who it was that took the ball out for them, but it was whoever Dwight Buycks was guarding. So Dwight and Cooby were guarding (Curry) so that he couldn’t catch it, because we thought it would be him off the ball screen. It ended up being Council. The ball screen, I thought, was relatively high and I thought Lazar did a good job of standing on the same boards and staying connected to the guy he was guarding while at the same time also changing the direction of Council, which is what you want to do to defend a ball screen properly.”

Friar Basketball: Marquette Quick Hits

Sharaud Curry’s defense has been a liability all season, but if Joe Young shoots like Donnie McGrath in year 1 who is going to consistently hit from beyond the arc in 2010-11?  After the Syracuse beatdown I posted that PC’s lack of shooters has been an under the radar problem.  6-22 (27%) from 3 and 9-15

Cracked Sidewalks: MUs 3-point shooting overcomes 57% 2-point shooting and 58% offensive rebounding by Friars

I can’t believe many teams have won a game in which they allowed 57% shooting on 2-pointers (26 of 46) AND allowed that same team to grab 58% of their missed shots (19 offensive rebounds to only 14 defensive rebounds for MU), but Lazar’s heroics and the team’s 3-point shooting were enough.

Quevedo at the Buffet: MU escapes with 82-79 victory

We didn’t get to see Jamine Peterson much in the first matchup at the B.C. in January, and I’m glad that we didn’t because he is an absolute MONSTER! While only a sophomore, the 6’6” forward looked like a man amongst boys today, scoring 28 pts on a number of alley oop dunks, drop off dunks, putbacks, and even knocking down 1 of 3 3-pt attempts. Oh and he had 11 rebounds, 5 on the offensive end. Like the comment I made about Curry, I’m not looking forward to playing this guy over the next couple of seasons.

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As original members of the BIG EAST, Providence and Syracuse have a long history.  Aside from the win at the DUNK last year, the Orange have pretty much owned the Black and White recently.  We need to become better rivals.  Why, you ask?  So a blog like Hoya Suxa can create videos like this when they beat us.  You may have seen this floating around the web a few weeks ago when Syracuse beat Georgetown.  If not, here ya go.

Forget wins, NCAA Tournament appearances, blah blah blah.  Keno’s legacy at Providence should be measured by whether or not our team can inspire awesome internet hi-jinks/hatred on opposing teams’ blogs.

Anyways, aside from the Greedy dunk, there wasn’t too much excitement in this game.  The Cuse remembered that they were way better/bigger/faster/stronger than PC right out of the gate in the 2nd half and didn’t look back.

Hit up the rest of the recap, after the jump.

LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

More on the Four Factors

  • When Syracuse pulled away early in the 2nd half, the Friars fell victim to turnovers and poor shooting.  Providence is going to have trouble when shooting below 50% eFG% (they have 5 of the 12 wins, and 2 of 4 in the BIG EAST shooting below), especially when facing such an efficient offense. The Orange continued the trend of hot shooting against Providence. In all six losses in conference play this year, PC has let their opponents shoot above a 55% effective field goal percentage.
  • Once again Providence had another great game on the offensive glass, and was a big reason why they were able to hang tough in the first half.  Greedy tied for his 2nd highest offensive rebounds with 7, and Vincent Council continues to make a mark in this category as well.  Here are VC’s last ORB totals starting with the Marquette game: 3,4,2,1,4. That’s 14 for the math majors out there.  Bilal Dixon’s totals for those same games: 12.  Not too shabby for our freshman guard in conference play.  For the Orange, three players did most of the damage with three offensive boards each (Onuaku, Rick Jackson, and Brandon Triche.
  • Both teams had similar turnover numbers, but I just wanted to point out one stat here.  I know Duke Mondy probably had one of his worst games of the season, but his turnover percentage was 100%.  It’s a possession black hole!  I don’t have any historical data or other examples of this, but I imagine it is pretty hard to do in 11 minutes of play.  Don’t worry buddy, you are still THE DUUUKE in my mind.
  • The Friars did a poor job of getting to the line (2nd least time this season), as only TWO players attempted foul shots.  Not surprisingly, those players were Greedy Peterson and Vincent Council, basically the only Friars outside of Marshon Brooks who got anything going offensively.

OTHER STAT NOTES

Possessions: 69

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 98.6

Syracuse: 123.2

  • This was only the fourth time this season that the Friars played a game in under 70 possessions:  Marquette (L, 66), Northeastern (W, 66), and Bucknell (W, 64)
  • This was the toughest defense Providence has faced all year, and it resulted in the 3rd worst offensive rating of the season.  PC only put up a lower rating against Marquette (95.5) and Iona (93.6) — both losses.
  • Syracuse put up their 6th best offensive rating of the season.  Only Notre Dame has allowed a higher rating (127.3) in BIG EAST play versus the Orange.

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Arinze Onuaku – Just abused Bilal Dixon in the beginning of the game. Keno was forced to try to double up on him and that opened the flood gates for others to easily score.

Jamine Peterson – Another double-double.  Yawn.

Kris Joseph – Another game, another career high for an opposing player.

Vincent Council – Had 5 turnovers, but was pretty much the only one who was able to break into Syracuse’s ZONE.  Came one assist away from his first double-double.

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Bilal Dixon – Outplayed and both ends of the court by bigger and more experienced Orange.

Wes Johnson – This guy is an All-American?!? What did he do against us, HE SUCKS!?!  OK OK, he got pretty hurt in the first half when Brian McKenzie knocked into him when he went up for an alley-oop.  Boheim didn’t want to risk anything regarding his superstart, and Wes only played sparingly in the 2nd.  

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Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated at No. 3/4 Syracuse, 85-68

The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-10, 4-6 BIG EAST) fell to No. 3/4 Syracuse (22-1, 9-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 85-68 on Tuesday, February 2 before a crowd of 20,205 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. Trailing only 37-34 at the half, the Friars were victimized by a 27-7 Syracuse run to open the second half and PC could not get closer than 14 for the remainder of the game.

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ESPN Recap

Projo.com: Friars prove no match for No. 3 Syracuse

Davis’ Providence Friars stuck with the Orange for 30 minutes but eventually fell prey to a team blessed with size, quickness and talent in a 85-68 defeat. Syracuse out-scored PC 48-34 in a second half where it made 64 percent of its shots. The Orange finished the game shooting 57 percent.

Projo.com: Friars Journal: PC finds few cracks in Orange defense

“They’re very long and very aggressive,” said Council, PC’s freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y. “I’ve played against 2-3 zones all my life, but usually you just work the ball around and find a shooter. They don’t leave any open shooters.”

Friar Basketball: PC’s Five Biggest Flaws on Display in Syracuse

Shooters: This team is putting up numbers, so it has been overshadowed a bit, but where are the true shooters on this team?  Peterson hits 3s when his feet are set, same with Curry, and Mondy shows flashes, but Providence is lacking that “the entire crowd is watching our gunner curl off of a screen in hopes of a back-breaking 3” shooter.

Syracuse.com: The Orange is 22-1 … and rolling, rolling, rolling. And Keno Davis thinks it’s No. 1.

“I think they’re as good as anybody in the country,” Davis offered. “And I’m not saying that to put any pressure on Coach Boeheim. I wouldn’t do that. They just have so many guys who can have big games against you. And there’s their defense, as well. And then they’re pretty physical when you try to rebound. They have all the dimensions.”

Syracuse.com: Arinze Onuaku scores a season-high 20 points in Syracuse win

“Whenever we can start the game pounding the ball inside, the bigs drive off that,” Onuaku said. “If you’re a big, if me and Rick (Jackson) can get early touches and we’re finishing early, that gets you going from the (start). And that’s always good.”

Orange Basketball Blog: Syracuse University basketball pounds Providence

The win improved Syracuse’s record to 22-1 overall and 9-1 in the Big East. The 22-1 record marks the best start to a season in Syracuse history. Syracuse had started out 21-1 just once before in the 1979-80 season.

Orange Basketball Blog: SU-Providence Recap

As for this game? Other than the very scary jolt everyone got when Wes Johnson hit the deck, Providence’s Jamine Peterson tossing an alley oop to himself off the backboard, and Kris Joseph owning the second half, honestly, it was kind of a shoulder shrug.

Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician: The Kris And Arinze Show: Syracuse 85, Providence 68 

With Kris Joseph’s Big Head staring back at him from the crowd, the sophomore stepped up when the Orange needed him most and, along with Arinze Onuaku, they led the Orange to a commanding 85-68 victory over Providence Tuesday night.

The Daily Orange: INSIDE JOB: Powered by Onuaku’s 20 points, Syracuse dominates weary Friars

But just five minutes into Tuesday’s game, assurance shifted to bemusement. Onuaku had already registered six points, three blocks and a rebound.

Dixon realized it may be time for a new strategy.

“I played big,” Dixon said. “I needed to play a little bigger. I tried to match him with force, but none of that worked.”

Bleacher Report: Syracuse Pounds Providence 85-68: Video Smorgasbord

A second half explosion pushed Syracuse past Providence and with the win, the Orange is off to its best start in school history with a 22-1 record. After the game the players were once again in a jovial mood.

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I think I’ll need some potent potables to get through the rest of this season! Hit up the rest of the game recap after the jump.

LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

More on the Four Factors

  • Providence’s effective field goal percentage looks pretty good overall (and was actually their 6th best of the season believe it or not), but the 2nd half stretch where the Bearcats built up their 10+ lead was pretty ugly.  The Friars could not get any good looks, and Vincent Council was even having trouble driving to the hoop.  PC’s high eFG% was mainly due to a really good three point percentage overall (13-34, 38.2%), but the team started out 6-6 over the first six minutes, and hit 3 in the final few minutes.  So, for a good chunk of the game, there was quite some clanking going on from long range.
  • Cincinnati has only put up a higher effective field goal percentage in one game this season — .5 more (64.8%) against the powerhouse that is Texas Southern.  They also fell 1 three-pointer short of their season high, achieved three times against Toledo, Texas Southern, and Cal State Bakersfield.
  • Before the game, it appeared that Cincinnati could have the rebounding edge, but it was surprisingly even.  PC held a slight 13-8 lead in second chance points, despite very similar offensive rebounding percentage numbers.  Bilal Dixon tied for the game high of 3 offensive rebounds, and Marshon Brooks and Greedy Peterson chipped in with two apiece.   Yancy Gates was not a big factor on the offensive glass, being held to just 1.  Darnell Wilks tied Dixon with 3 ORB, and only freshman Lance Stephenson was able to grab more than 1 for the Bearcats.
  • The free throw rate of Cincinnati is obviously inflated due to the Friars trying to extend the game by fouling in the final minutes.  Providence kept fouling, well because Cincinnati couldn’t piss in the ocean.  Cashmere Wright, who couldn’t miss taking regular shots all night, went 3-7.  The Friars did not get to the line well, and did equally as bad once they got there.  When Sharaud Curry even misses two in one game, you know the team is in trouble.

OTHER STAT NOTES

Possessions: 79

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 111.4

Cincinnati: 116.5

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Cashmere Wright – Good luck getting 20+ again this season, well, unless you play Providence in the BIG EAST Tournament I suppose

Sharaud Curry -Almost fueled the furious comeback with a few threes and drives.  When he went to the line in the first half, ESPNU pointed out his 28 straight free throws made streak, in which he promptly missed.  Six turnovers not exactly great though.

Jamine Peterson – Started off really strong with 14 first half points, but Cincinnati’s defense really keyed in on him and he only scored 5 in the 2nd while the Friars offense struggled

Brian McKenzie – BMac, you are going to starve if you keep getting these 1 bowl meals!

Yancy Gates – Pretty quiet game for the sophomore big man.

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Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated At Cincinnati, 92-88

The Providence College men’s basketball team was defeated at Cincinnati, 92-88, in BIG EAST action on Saturday, January 30. Friar senior Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) led the team with a game-high 27 points in the loss.

GoBearCats.com: Men’s Basketball Edges Providence, 92-88

Five Bearcats scored in double figures, with Rashad Bishop scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds, Deonta Vaughn scoring 12 points, Lance Stephenson scoring 12 points and pulling down a game-high nine rebounds, and Darnell Wilks adding 10 points. It is the third time this season that five UC players have scored in double figures in a game and the third time this season that the Bearcats have scored 90-plus points in a game.

Projo.com: PC surge vs. Cincinnati falls short, 92-88

Cincinnati, keyed by a point guard who barely had seen the court lately, went on a huge second-half run and kept Jamine Peterson from having an impact in the final 20 minutes. PC, thanks to Sharaud Curry’s 27 points, made a last-minute desperation run but ultimately fell short during its 92-88 loss to the Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena.

Projo.com: Friars’ sizzling hot start fizzles out

Then, as quickly as the Friars shooters found their hot hands, they cooled to below-freezing temperatures, missing 10 of their next 12 long-range attempts in 92-88 loss to Cincinnati.

Cincinnati.com: Cincinnati defeats Providence 92-88

Making his first start since Dec. 16, the freshman point guard scored a career-high 24 points to lead UC to a 92-88 Big East Conference victory over Providence on Saturday night before a crowd of 10,045 at Fifth Third Arena.

CNATI: Providence-UC: The morning after

One of the more interesting elements of the postgame comments came from the rarely loquacious Rashad Bishop. The question revolved around the way UC seemed to thrive in the uptempo game that Providence forced UC to play.

Bishop scored 16 points — and now is averaging 11.3 points a game in the last four contests, he hadn’t hit double digits in any of the previous seven games.

Still, he along with Cashmere Wright and Darnell Wilks thrived in the open, up-and-down game.

“That’s the way everybody on our team likes to do, we got a lot of uptempo players, when we play like that I think it shows off our talent a little more,” Bishop said.

The News Record: Cashing in: Wright leads Cats to win

Freshman point guard Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 24 points Saturday night, leading the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team to a 92-88 victory against Providence University at Fifth Third Arena.

Bearcats Blog: Bearcats too much Friars

The Cincinnati Bearcats improved to 14-7, 5-4 in the Big East, with a 92-88 win over the Providence Friars. Providence is now 12-9, and 4-5 in conference. The Bearcats were powered by a career day from Cashmere Wright. Cash went for 24-4-5 assists-3 steals in his first start since December 16. Darnell Wilks tossed in 10 points, including the monster dunk back that’s pictured. For the Friars, Sharaud Curry matched his career high with 27. Jamine Peterson had 19.

Boring-ass AP Writeup: Cashmere Wright has career-high 24, Cincinnati beats Providence 92-88 in fast-paced game

Redshirt freshman Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 24 points, nine of them during a 16-1 run in the second half that swept Cincinnati to a 92-88 victory over Providence on Saturday night.

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rjsuperfly66 Glad I kept the game off. Tired of piss poor performances that turn out ok at end. Was I only one booing mckenzie during lineups wed nite?

JMulley #Friars road just gets harder from here #BigEast #Basketball.

gregjbutler Why can’t we play like that for the whole 2nd half

UCBearcatsblog Cincinnati could be up 20 if they made free throws. Turn that, and it would be tied if Providence made free throws

cullenpatrick Just let this game be over already. #friars remaining schedule looks just a bit challenging…

TheRoundtable Filthy dunk by Brooks! Maybe a Friar will get some top 10 love finally! #friars

DA_5 Mick Cronin looks like a cross between Ron Howard and Gollum. #Friars

Providence, just when I thought the season could not get any worse, you do something like this AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!!

It’s a great day to be a Friar fan.  What a phenomenal job by Keno Davis and his staff getting the team to come together after the South Florida debacle.  The team played intense, inspired basketball in front of an EXCELLENT crowd at the DUNK.  The excitement at the arena really came through on TV as I watched on SNY.

Read the full recap of Providence’s 81-66 upset win over #19 Connecticut last night after the jump!

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  • The Friars completely dominated UConn on the offensive glass, doubling them up 24-12.  Greedy Peterson (14 rebounds total, 6 offensive) and Bilal Dixon (12, 5) combined for as many total rebounds as the Huskies (24) and came one short offensively as well! Alex Oriakhi had a great 5 ORB, but no one else on the Huskies had more than 2.  When your point guard Kemba Walker leads the team in total rebounds (8), you know you are in trouble.  PC turned those boards into 21 second chance points.
  • Turnovers were plenty among both squads, but the Friars only ended up getting a 1 point lead from UConn’s 13 first half turnovers.  Points off TOs was an even 15-15.  It’s hard to imagine a team committing 19 overall turnovers when your PG Kemba Walker had ZERO, but UConn managed to pull it off.  Vincent Council tied Jerome Dyson with a game high of 5 TO, but they all seemed to come towards the beginning of the game.  VC took over the final 9 minutes, so all is forgiven.
  • It wasn’t the best shooting performance from the Friars — can you believe they didn’t hit a three (0-7) in the second half and still won by double digits?  PC didn’t need to hit any long range shots, scoring 28 out of the 45 second half points in the paint.  Out of those 28 points, I think about 14 came from rim-rocking dunks.  Sure helps when you have a PG who can cut through defenses and make perfect setups!
  • Neither team did particularly well at getting to the foul line, and a big percentage of the Friars trips came when Connecticut kept fouling Sharaud Curry at the end of the game.  He is not the one you want to send to the line, as he hit a perfect 10-10 from the stripe! That is why he is one of the top 10 foul shooters in the country.

OTHER STAT NOTES

Possessions: 76

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 106.8

UCONN: 86.8

  • This was UConn’s 2nd worst offensive efficiency rating of the season, behind their Duke loss (78.7).
  • Only St. John’s (79.7) and DePaul (84.9) had worse offensive ratings versus the Friars in BIG EAST play this year.
  • Providence has only won twice with a lower offensive rating, versus St. John’s (100) and Brown (104.5).

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Jamine Peterson – I counted at least 3 plays that could have made SportsCenter’s Top plays.  The alley-oop towards the end of the game…did his knees almost hit the rim??? Yet another dominant double-double.

Vincent Council – You can’t say enough about this kid.   Stuffed the living sh*t out of the stat sheet with 8 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and continually beat his man off the dribble all night.

Bilal Dixon – 2nd double-double of the season, and first since his very first game as a Friar!

Sharaud Curry – Had an invisible first half, but scored 18 in the second on some nice shots and drives, plus a pristine 10-10 from the foul line.

Duke Mondy – THE DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE. 

Kemba Walker – Had an amazing game with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and zero turnovers.  Maybe he should have taken all the offensive duties in the last part of the 2nd half.

Stanley Robinson – Had a good shooting night, but only 4 rebounds from the team’s best rebounder? 

Jerome Dyson – Woeful shooting and turned over the ball 5 times. 

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Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Knocks Off No. 19/19 Connecticut 81-66

The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-8, 4-4 BIG EAST) knocked off No. 19/19 Connecticut (13-7, 3-4 BIG EAST) by the score of 81-66 before a raucous crowd of 11,136 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson led the way with a game-high 23 points along with 14 rebounds.

UConnHuskies.com: Huskies Fall to Friars, 81-66 

Beating the top-ranked team in the country last week didn’t give Connecticut much momentum to build on.

One game after upsetting Texas to reclaim a spot in the rankings, the Huskies fell to Providence 81-66 on Wednesday night when Jamine Peterson had 23 points and 14 rebounds.

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Projo.com: Friars bounce back with flair, top UConn, 81-66

Four nights after publicly calling out his team’s talent and effort, Davis basked in the glow of his team’s best performance of the season. His Providence Friars shook off a few body shots from the 19th- ranked Connecticut Huskies Wednesday night and ran away from their Big East rivals, 81-66, before 11,136 fans at The Dunk.

Projo.com: Friars Journal: Council forgets bad night, comes up big

“In this league you can’t have memories about the last game,” said Council, who continually beat UConn defenders off the dribble and finished with 8 points and 8 assists. “We had to go 100 percent hard, every play, every practice.”

Projo Hoops Blog: PC rebounds, upsets UConn 81-66

PC held off UConn runs midway through the first half and again near the 10 minute mark of the second and then pulled way late for the victory. Greedy Peterson was the best player on the floor with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Sharaud Curry added 18 points and Bilal Dixon added 11 points and 12 boards.

FriarBasketball.net: 20 Games in, this is Vincent Council’s team

On a night with a lot of angles, Vincent Council was the story.  Greedy Peterson’s 23 and 14 were featured in ESPN’s postgame highlights, Bilal Dixon fought his heart out against a bigger frontcourt (11 points, 12 rebounds), and the team responded to Keno Davis’ challenge, but long time followers of Providence basketball have waited far too long for Council to overlook the impact he had on this one.

Truth About PC Basketball: We’ve got your number…

Seriously, I don’t know what the bigger total was, insane Greedy alley-oops or Jerome Dyson points. Here’s the thing, Jerome. Next time, when you respond to the student section, make sure you can back it up. Honestly, you would’ve been much better off if you just ignored us. Also, where was this Stanley Robinson kid I keep hearing about? Did he play?

CONNECTICUT / NE PERSPECTIVE

Hartford Courant Blog: Providence 81, UConn 66

The season of inexplicably flat performances and iffy NCAA Tournament hopes?

Back on.

Momentum from Saturday’s victory over Texas?

Gone.

The turnover-happy, defense-challenge, overall sloppy No.19 Huskies endured their worst loss of the season Wednesday, 81-66 to unranked Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Hartford Courant: Huskies Fall Apart At Providence

This second-half breakdown, air balls from UConn and uncontested Providence dunks among the various embarrassments, was built on failure in all the basic areas.

The Huskies couldn’t defend. They couldn’t score. They couldn’t rebound or take care of the ball.

Hartford Courant: For This One, They Needed The Tough Guy

For those UConn fans who wanted to RSVP Jim Calhoun’s retirement party, effective last Saturday at, oh, 6:30 p.m., we hold up this final score in rebuttal.

Providence 81, UConn 66.

Stamford Advocate: Providence thumps No. 19 UConn

“Just about everything that we hoped would not happen after the game on Saturday reared its head in the last nine minutes of the game,” acting head coach George Blaney said.

The Huskies fell to 0-4 in true road games and just 1-6 away from home in total.

Boston.com: Peterson, Friars dunk UConn

“We just took our foot off the gas. We thought that we had the game won already,’’ said UConn forward Gavin Edwards, who scored 17 points. “Everybody was just resting on their laurels from the Texas game, and as a result, nobody really came out to play, and we got beat.’’

The Day: Huskies Worst Fears Realized

In a span of a few days, UConn went from standing on top of Mount Everest to tumbling into an icy abyss.

It was an alarming free fall, to say the least.

The Huskies were at a loss to explain suffering their worst loss of the season Wednesday – 81-66 to Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center – after playing their best game in upsetting then-No. 1 Texas last Saturday.

Republican American: When Dyson goes cold Huskies are in trouble

“I don’t know,” Dyson said when asked why he had such trouble. “I can’t say.”

It wasn’t coincidence that as Dyson cooled offensively, so did the Huskies. With Dyson involved, the Huskies opened a 10-point lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. With him uninvolved, the Huskies needed the next 30 minutes to score 44 points.

The UConn Blog: Providence-UConn postgame discussion: In which we accept our mediocrity

Defensively, that might have been the worst effort I’ve seen from a UConn defense in years. I lost count at the number of dunks and easy layups and un-blocked-out offensive rebounders. Packing five guys around the hoop and watching Providence make 20 3-pointers would’ve been a much less frustrating way to lose this.

NATIONAL MEDIA

ESPN: Andy Katz: Wednesday night observations

Something I didn’t think I would see: Providence ahead of Connecticut in the Big East standings. PC is 4-4, UConn is 3-4.

How about this quote from PC coach Keno Davis: “We can beat anybody in the country. We have enough talent, but we have to play extremely hard.’’ I’m not sure I’m buying that proclamation, but it’s good to know Davis has that much confidence in his crew.

New York Times Blog: UConn Returns to Its Struggling Ways

There was something missing here Wednesday night. The stomping on the floor. The spittle flying from the lips. The diatribes that seem like just one run-on sentence.

The No. 19 Connecticut Huskies missed Coach Jim Calhoun, being blown off the floor in the final nine minutes and falling, 81-66, to Providence. The Huskies, fresh off their victory over Texas, which was No. 1, looked as if they could have used a verbal beating all night.

The Sports Network: Recap: Providence vs. Connecticut

With the Huskies leading by three past the midway point of the second half, Providence took control with a 14-0 run. Connecticut didn’t score for more than five minutes as the Friars deposited shot after shot.

Boring-ass AP Writeup: Providence uses second-half flurry to beat No. 19 Connecticut 81-66

Jamine Peterson had 23 points to go with 14 rebounds, scoring eight of Providence’s 14 straight points as the Friars took the lead and ran away from No. 19 Connecticut to win 81-66 on Wednesday night.

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kylerossi Congrats to the Friars on a huge W over UConn. And congrats to me for totally owning the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday.

PhillyFriar Gut check win for #Friars tonight. Solid work on the glass, D was improved — good signs going forward.

FriarBasketball Nothing better than walking past 4 buses of down on their luck Husky fans.  Mad sweatshirt & jersey wearers were very quiet.

brendamclema doesn’t believe this is the same team and the reason why I love the Friars!

PCDen I truly love beating UConn especially when it happens so often and so vast a margin!

PeteThamelNYT PC Coach Keno Davis regrets ripping his team: “I shouldn’t have been as brutally honest with the media.”

BrendanPrunty People keep laughing when I say Keno Davis is one of the top coaches in the Big East. I will now point to 2nite UConn win as another example

SteveHartnett92 Friartown took it to Uconn once again 81-66. That is now 4 out of the last five? Maybe PC’s nickname should be the Dog Whisperers…lol

squirrelpoacher @friarblog VC stuffing stat line: 8pt, 7reb, 8ast,4stl (5to though)

gregjbutler @friarblog Is this a camp? Cause you just got council’d

PeaSchoir what’s more impressive, Council’s 8-8-8, Greedy’s 23-14, Curry’s 10-10 frm the line, Dixon w/ 1 foul lft 2 give? @friarblog @friarbasketball

Friartown Alright, now that’s a birthday present.  81-66 PC.

megfan GO FRIARS!! WE BEAT UCONN!!

MCMSwets Great win for the Friars tonight 81-66 over No. 19 UConn!!!

ocktalks1 Friars by 15 over the Huskies! When’s the dance begin?

lauraewhitney HELL YEAH #FRIARS!!  Excellent win against UCONN!

VarahSasko LET’S GO FRIARS!!!! God I love PC!

kaymilll Still thrilled after the basketball game tonight. Loving the PC friars more than ever right now!

raphiellej Now that’s a quality court-storming. 81-66 #Friars at the Dunk. You talk about falling apart though. #UConn gets 2nite’s Chinua Achebe Award

In looking at the really depressing game flow chart on StatSheet, I noticed that the 92-83 Friars lead with :49 seconds to go had a 61.7% LEAD SAFENESS.

To quote the great commentary of Tommy Boy when playing checkers with Richard: “Come on, It’s safe I swear!!

“Haha that’s wasn’t safe it all!!!”

Anyways, obviously a very very tough loss to take.  Fans are frustrated, the coach is frustrated. What can you do other than using this loss to turn things around and pull off a few wins against teams that we aren’t supposed to beat?

LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

More on the Four Factors

  • It’s rare to see a team shoot over a 60% effective field goal percentage and still lose the game, but that is what the Friars managed to do against USF.  The highest eFG% Providence had in a loss this season was their 50.8 eFG% against both URI and Louisville.  I checked last several years as a comparison, and found that this happened only a few times — Most recently in the Jonathan Xavier incident Marquette game the Friars had a 61.8 eFG%, a game the Friars defense also faltered in blowing a 2nd half lead.
  • Providence turned the ball over slightly more than usual, but those 14 turnovers proved very costly (especially in the 2nd half).  USF turned 8 Friars turnovers in the 2nd into 15 points.  It was truly a team effort, as 6 Providence players had at least 2, but no more than 3 TOs.
  • Rebounding was generally even, and both teams posted similar second chance points totals (USF 19, Providence 17).  Three Bulldogs had at least 4 offensive boards (Toarlyn Fitzpatrick 4, Mike Mercer 4, and Jarrid Famous 5).  Vincent Council put up his second straight game with at least 3 offensive rebounds, and Greedy also got half of his 10 by way of the offensive glass.
  • The foul line was a huge reason Dominique Jones was able to put up his massive point totals — He went to the line for 18 free throw attempts!

OTHER STAT NOTES

Possessions: 82

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 128

South Florida: 132.9

  • This was the highest offensive rating South Florida put up all season, 5 points higher than their previous high in their win over Florida Atlantic.
  • Offensively for the Friars, this was their third highest offensive rating for the season, only behind the George Washington (144.7) and Bryant (129.7).  Doesn’t really matter when you can’t stop the other team.  Only Marquette was able to put up a higher rating against the Friars this season (140.9).

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Dominique Jones – At least he came up 2 points short of our former Friar Eric Murdock’s BIG EAST scoring record!

Toarlyn Fitzpatrick – I know he’s a freshman and all, but his second career three?  Really?

Vincent Council – Had such a great game with 17 points and 5 assists, but was marred with missing 3 big foul shots in crunch time.

Jamine Peterson – Yeah yeah had a double-double and probably should get 3 bowls, BUT that three off the backboard in OT knocks him down a peg.

Brian McKenzie – Scored only 4, and gave up a big turnover at the end.  And how is he still starting?

BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!

Friars.com Boxscore

Friars.com Gametracker

StatSheet.com Boxscore

AROUND THE INTERWEBS

Friars.com: USF Uses Late Surge To Upend Men’s Basketball, 109-105, In Overtime

The Providence College men’s basketball team (11-8, 3-4 BIG EAST) was defeated by the University of South Florida (12-7, 2-5 BIG EAST) in overtime 109-105 on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars led the game by nine with under a minute to play, but USF outscored PC 14-5 in the final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime. The Bulls’ Dominique Jones nailed a 3-pointer to open overtime and USF never trailed in the extra session

GoUSFBulls.com: Jones Sets Scoring Record in Overtime Win Against Friars

Junior Dominique Jones played the game of his life as he scored 46 points to break the school’s single-game scoring record in leading the University of South Florida men’s basketball team to a 109-105 overtime victory over Providence Saturday night.

Projo.com: Friars give it away, fall to South Florida in OT

In one of the greatest giveaways in PC’s long hoop history, the Friars let South Florida come from behind in the final seconds of regulation and then lost a 109-105 overtime thriller in front of 9,184 frustrated fans.

Bleacher Report: Providence Friars Shocked After Stunning Loss to South Florida

Homecoming weekend at Providence College and the first weekend back for the students from winter break, filled the Dunkin Donuts Center with anxious and excited fans who were ready to show their support for a Friars squad, 11-7 (3-4) as they entered the heart of their Big East Schedule.

The Sun Chronicle: Friar defense lit up

Until the Providence College Friars learn how to spell ‘defense’ there are going to be more games like there was Saturday night at The Dunk – a 109-105 overtime loss to South Florida, a team which had won just two of its previous 35 Big East road games.

Projo Hoops Blog: Audio: Keno says Friars aren’t good enough, hints at changes to come

Projo Hoops Blog: How about the coaching, Keno?

At no point did Davis include himself in the reasons the Friars suffered an embarrassing loss at home to one of the weaker teams in the conference.

Perhaps, if PC had a more talented coach, they wouldn’t have blown what should have been an insurmountable lead.

Friar Basketball: Wait Until Next Year (or the year after)

This site has targeted the year after next as Providence’s most realistic NCAA tournament bid.  Sure, there is a chance that both Gerard Coleman and Joe Young can both defend and give you 10-15 points on a nightly basis and one of the Still/Kadeem Batts/Ron Giplaye trio will be able to spell Dixon effectively, but that is asking a lot out of kids who have never played at the Big East level.

Tampa Bay Online: Bulls pull off miracle rally for win over Providence

Jones finished with a career-high 46 points by making 15 of 23 field goals and 14 of 18 free throws. He fell two points shy of the Big East single-game scoring record, set by Providence’s Eric Murdock in 1991 against Pittsburgh. Jones also tied his career best with 10 rebounds and added eight assists. In the past six games, Jones is averaging 28.5 points.

TampaBay.com: Dominique Jones has school-record 46 points as USF Bulls rally to beat Providence in overtime

Granted, the Bulls still are only 3-35 all time in Big East road games since joining the conference four years ago. But they’ll be hard-pressed to come up with a more memorable win.

USF Sports Bulletin: Was Friars’ OT loss to USF ‘unacceptable’?

Providence coach Keno Davis, doing a Q&A with ScoutFriars.com last summer, had this random jab at the Bulls, which we posted here on the blog back in June:

“If you take a game off vs. Rutgers, or vs. South Florida or vs. DePaul, those are the losses that are unacceptable,” he said. “If you play really hard, and you happen to drop one at Seton Hall, you can live with it. If you play hard and you just get beat you can live with it.”

Boring-ass AP Writeup: South Florida Defeats Providence 109-105 in OT

Dominique Jones scored a career-high 46 points, the second-most by a Big East player in a regular-season game, and South Florida mounted a furious comeback in the final minutes of regulation to take a 109-105 victory over Providence on Saturday night.

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PCDen No words. Simply no words at all for that horrible travesty of a game tonight.

LilCease I can’t believe the #friars gave that game away…I’m still out here n providence yall..I’m hungry.where can me and sis eat at out here?

gregjbutler On to the next one : UConn Wednesday

PSUBecket Can’t tell if I should be upset I missed the #friars game. Seemed exciting, but it shouldn’t have been. Lets hope we steal one from UConn.

neilfrancisco What the hell #friars

TTAPCBBall I’d write a blog now, but I think I need to step back for a minute and contain my rage. Also I’m drunk. So there’s that.

PFabe21 @friarblog Im suck to my stomach with that loss. How do we even follow them after that!! UGHHHHHH

JADuffy @friarblog, the only stat: 12-3 run by SFU w/ 1:36 to go. Great offense. No defense/lock down intensity. But still huge future. Crazy?

JMulley @friarblog What the heck is going on with this team? #Friars # fail.

kdk711 @friarblog just terrible. Bmac should never touch the court. Irresponsible turnover. Later 23

squinn02 @friarblog well, you know where to start your worst losses of the 2010 decade article

Friartown Absolute heartbreaker.

raphiellej 109-105 #USF wins it in OT. 46, 10 and 8 for Dominique Jones. Should be Big East Player of the Week. Tough loss for the #Friars.