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Good Morning Friartown,

Welcome to your midweek edition of the Crunch. Unfortunately for the many loyal readers of the weekend edition, I will be enjoying the sunny, 75 degree weather of Las Vegas this weekend, but don’t worry, if I can somehow wake up at 9AM Saturday morning, I should be able to catch the opening tip at the local sports book, where I would feel very confident betting on PC at this point in time, but that also means I won’t have the time or means to Crunch for you, so here we are.

Wanting to make sure the stat geeks out there can get their fix for the week, let’s talk Holy Cross, or check that, let’s took about how Providence just picked apart Holy Cross, mostly in the second half, on route to a 61-42 win. Granted, this game was not that close, and it was 61-31 at the under four minute timeout, before a royal rumble broke out and PC decided to stop playing defense. Coach Cooley’s head might have been ready to explode, but for a team who really only played six guys again tonight, another gutsy performance by the Friars.

Let’s start off this week’s Crunch with a little trivia question: When was the last time PC held a team to 42 or less points, and can you guess the team? And I’ll give you a bonus hint: Tim Higgins officiated that game! Oh wait, guess it seems he refs every game, doesn’t it?

Regardless, for that answer, you are just going to have to click to continue.

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holy-crossHoly Cross and Providence go way back to 1921, the Friars’ first ever basketball season. Ah, the simpler times. One didn’t have to worry about conference realignment, as everyone just played against local teams. There was no jockeying for big TV contracts, well because there was no TV. You could just fill up your fancy automobile with 20 cent gas, throw down a couple of pennies for a newspaper, and make your way over to campus to see the Friars and the start of Ray Hall’s long career in a PC uniform. It was one of his best seasons.

Fast forward to the present, PC is trying to win their 23rd straight home out of conference game as they face a young and offensively challenged Holy Cross team tonight. The “Super Seven” will try to keep holding down the fort until reinforcements hopefully start to arrive within the next couple of weeks.

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 7:00 PM

Opponent: Holy Cross (4-2)

Location: The Dunk

Spread: N/A

Ken Pom: Providence: #76, Holy Cross: #210

TeamRankings.com Projection: Providence 72.1, Holy Cross 62.4

Four Factors

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Ed Cooley spoke to the press along with Bryce Cotton and Gerard Coleman after the 82-77 win over Holy Cross.

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The Providence Friars improved to 5-2 by defeating Holy Cross 82-77 at the Dunk.  It was ugly at times and probably closer than what was expected, but still good nonetheless to get a victory after what transpired in South Padre Island. The offense showed vast improvement, and the Friars withstood the run by Holy Cross to take home the victory.

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Why the Friars won: It looked like PC was on their way to a blowout — their offense was clicking in half court and in transition (especially the Three C’s), Holy Cross was settling for threes and missing lots of shots, and the Friars had a 66-51 lead with 11 minutes to go in the game. However, the Crusaders went on a 21-5 run to finally take the lead with only two minutes left. Providence was able to make offensive plays down the stretch, get one final stop on defense, and also had some clutch free throws to help ice the game.

Why Holy Cross came back: The Crusaders had a great comeback, fueled by finally making some threes, scoring easily inside, clamping down on half court defense, and beating the Friars down the court in transition. On about two occasions, it looked like the Keno-era Friars giving up easy baskets because they were out-hustled coming back. It brought back some horrible memories of the last two years.

Turning Point: With the Friars trailing by 2 points with under a minute left, Gerard Coleman drove through the lane but missed a layup off the glass. LaDontae Henton grabbed the rebound, and was able to put it back up and in to once again tie the game. As Holy Cross went back up the court, Gerard Coleman came up with a great steal and got the ball to Henton once again for a nice layup while getting fouled. The freshman iced the three point play, and PC was back in command.

Player of the Game: LaDontae Henton. Even though the Three C’s put up some great stats (Bryce Cotton 24 points, Gerard Coleman 18 points, 8 rebounds) freshman Henton had clutch BUCKETS down the stretch.

Assists!: The Friars picked up 21 assists on their 34 made baskets, which is ONE less assist than they’ve had total over the last three games.  Vincent Council had 11 as part of his double-double (19 points, 7 rebounds).

Fun Stat I: The Friars first 10 points of the game was scored by 5 different players. Woh. Only three players scoring in the whole HALF have been the norm lately.

Fun Stat II: Brice Kofane was a beast on the boards with a career high 12 rebounds. However, he also led the game in LBOHAR (Losing the ball off hands after rebound) with about 3. Somebody get that guy some stickum. Throw some elbows! Ask Marvin Barnes for some help.

Fun Stat III: Holy Cross had 13 offensive rebounds, but only converted those into two measly points.

Links

Friars.com: Recap

ESPN: Boxscore

The Friars will try to put their winless trip in South Padre Island behind them by returning home to the Dunk to face a struggling New England foe. Holy Cross and Providence College go way way back, playing their first game in 1921. Did you think our offense was bad the last three games? According to the official game notes from the athletic office, “The two teams first met on December 14, 1921 with Holy Cross earning a 56-10 win at Providence”. Apparently, freshman Ray Hall was the only one who could score that game, netting all 10 points despite coming off the bench in spurts to thunderous applause. And that folks, is how the schools cafeteria got named. True story.

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 7:00PM EST

Opponent: Holy Cross (2-4)

Location: The Dunk

Spread: N/A

ESPN Accuscore: Providence 69.4, Holy Cross 66.7 (PC wins 60% of 10,000 sims)

CBSSports Daily Picks: Providence 75, Holy Cross 67

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