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Friartown News and Notes 12.3.12

dave@friarblog —  December 3rd, 2012 10:00 PM —  Comments

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

picture Kadeem Batts Instagram

Here is a nice pic of one of Kadeem’s pin blocks from Saturday against Mississipi State. Maybe this should be on PINTEREST? AMIRITE?!

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notes For his efforts that also included a career high 32 points, Kadeem Batts was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll this week. Bryce Cotton made it two weeks ago.

link Mississippi State Game Recaps: ESPN (AP), Friars.comGoLocalProv, Sun Chronicle, Woonsocket CallFriar Basketball

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misstSaturday afternoon’s 73-63 win over Mississippi State was a roller coaster of emotions. From the get go, the Friars dominated the Bulldogs and it looked like they would coast to an easy victory in the Big East / SEC Challenge. We did this for you, BIG EAST! Then, Bryce Cotton was fouled on a three pointer late in the 1st half (seriously, do you know any player who gets fouled more on threes than Cotton??), and came down awkwardly hurting his knee. Ice didn’t return for the 2nd half, and is going to get an MRI to see what’s up according to Ed Cooley in the postgame. Without Cotton, the “Sexy Six” held down the fort and the laugher continued on strong with Providence leading by as much as 26 points. However, Mississippi State woke up late in the game, and came ridiculously close to a monster comeback that would have just kicked Friartown while they were down. In the end, PC held on to beat a very terrible Mississippi State team, but may have to deal with a serious injury to their best player to date.

Why Providence won: In the pregame, I mentioned that Kadeem Batts needed to produce and be more aggressive in order to take some of the pressure off of Cotton. Batts must be an avid reader of Friarblog (READER COUNT UP TO 4!), because he was fantastic from the get go. Long range jumpers, aggresive drives to the hoop, baby hooks — you name it, Batts was scoring. Mississippi State didn’t have an answer for him, and they dug themselves into a big hole. The PC defense showed a lot of hustle, and forced their opponent to rely on long range shots they couldn’t hit. When the Bulldogs came roaring back in crunch-time, the Friars held it together and executed under pressure while shorthanded once again.

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T.G.I.F: Thoughts Generated In Friartown

@FriarFrenzy —  November 16th, 2012 9:16 AM —  Comments

TGIF-ABCHeartbreaking loss to UMASS last night. Outstanding effort and Providence deserved a better fate.

However this is another one of those close and late situations that the Friars faced a number of times last year and could not close.

LaDontae Henton is a great player and he gave his usual max effort last night, as evidenced by yet another double-double. That said, regardless of what you think of the charge call, it was an off night for Henton offensively and the last possession should have focused on Cotton and Batts, and not Buckets.

This tournament will help the team adjust to life without Vincent Council.

Here’s hoping Dan Dakich loses his voice. #BRUTAL!!!

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Friars Defeat Bryant 81-49

dave@friarblog —  November 12th, 2012 10:20 PM —  Comments

The Friars moved to 2-0 with a nice 81-49 win over Bryant University at The Dunk. Playing with 6 scholarship players and without a true point guard, PC’s offense was incredibly sharp and efficient in the 1st half. Although they got sloppy and struggled a little bit in the first part of the 2nd, the Friars were able to keep Bryant in check defensively for practically the whole game.

Why Providence Won: The Friars built a huge lead in the first half behind the fantastic play of Kadeem Batts. He scored in a variety of ways — back to the basket with jump hooks, foul line and longer jumpers, and fast break dunks (one which reminded me a lot of the Louisville dunk from last year). It was good to see Batts in his beat-the-chest mode that we saw in that Louisville performance last year, taking a leadership role that he promised Friartown during the offseason. After the first twenty minutes were over, Batts was actually outscoring Bryant 23-21. The Bulldogs made a slight run with a bunch of three balls that finally went in, but they were never able to recover from PC’s onslaught in the 1st. Kadeem did the initial damage, and a combination of Cotton and Henton delivered the knockout punch.

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Photo by Kevin Reilly

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Friartown News and Notes 11.5.12

dave@friarblog —  November 5th, 2012 8:58 PM —  Comments

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

picture Ricky Ledo Instagram

Whatever Ricky Ledo decides to do with his future, he will always love the city of Providence. Check out his new tattoo.

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notes According to @StartTheFriars, Ed Cooley was on PC’s radio station and said that Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton were still unable to practice today. I imagine that Cotton would be able to go by Saturday, but I have no idea what the deal is with Batts’ bursitis in his shoulder. Anyone have any insight to what type of injury he is dealing with?

link Providence Journal: Friars may lead for Philly recruit Brandon Austin

While this is definitely good news, we saw what happened when PC was the “leader” for Jakarr Sampson, Orlando Sanchez, and Nerlens Noel. I’ll just patiently wait for the official announcement.

It is nearing decision time for Brandon Austin and the highly rated guard from Philadelphia just may be favoring the Providence Friars.

Austin, a 6-5 guard from Imhotep Charter who’s helped his school to two straight PIAA state championships, is looking at PC, Connecticut and Texas. He visited all three schools on successive weekend last month and one of his advisers says Providence is in very good shape.

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Improving PC’s Underrated Offense

Brendon Desrochers —  November 5th, 2012 1:13 PM —  Comments
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Where’s the consistency fellas!?
(photo by Kevin Reilly)

As noted in my preview by-the-numbers on ScoutFriars.com, last season’s offense was better than average in the Big East, but it was also highly inconsistent, scoring at least 1.09 points per possession in seven conference games but less than 0.85 in six, including the Big East Tournament debacle vs. Seton Hall. The previous year’s team only went under 0.85 twice and over 1.09 three times.

The offense’s effectiveness was tied directly to its ability to make shots, and so Cooley often went with small lineups to get the best shooters on the floor, which included Bryce Cotton as a small 2 and LaDontae Henton as a small 4. This created more room for Vincent Council to penetrate and score or dish and for Gerald Coleman to get inside the defense. When either of those two shooters was off the floor, Providence was playing a non-scorer (Ron Giplaye or Brice Kofane) or a lane-clogger (Bilal Dixon) as well as Kadeem Batts, who had a very poor offensive season (more on that later). The big lineup might have been marginally better defensively, but it also compressed the offense and made it harder for Council to get his teammates good looks. Cooley sacrificed the defense in favor of the small lineup because his offense was simply not functional without all four of the key guys on the floor together.

The 2012-13 squad figures to have a lot of the same problems as last year’s team — lack of length, lack of depth, but maybe not quite the shortage of shooters. When looking at this squad’s offense, I want to focus briefly on the seven-man rotation that Providence figures to have for the first handful of games and then focus more extensively on the nine-man rotation we’re hoping it has for conference play.

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Photo by Kadeem Batts via Instagram

Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

Exactly a year ago, Kadeem Batts was starting his 1st semester suspension for violating team rules. This apparent off the court issue set the tone for a disappointing season on the court. Heading into his junior year, Batts’ mindset appears to be quite different. He’s all-in on Ed Cooley, and looking to be a leader of the team.

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Friartown News and Notes 11.2.12

dave@friarblog —  November 2nd, 2012 1:20 PM —  Comments

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

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Here is an interesting picture from the Friars practice yesterday. It seems Batts was sitting out with ice packs on his shoulder (and not wearing football pads). I really hope it’s not too serious since Cooley cannot afford to lose anyone early on in the season. Also, Kris Dunn appears to be rehabbing with some sort of wand apparatus. Or maybe he was a ninja turtle for Halloween.

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notes Scott Cordischi of GoLocalProv also noted yesterday that Kris Dunn was seen taking 15-17 foot jumpers in practice on Wednesday which is certainly a good sign.

link Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Game Notes Vs. Rhode Island College

Gametime is 7PM at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It will also be televised on COX.

Scouting Rhode Island College: Rhode Island College posted a 23-7 mark during its 2011-12 season, including a 10-4 record in the Little East. The Anchormen i nished tied for second with Western Connecticut and Keene State. The Anchormen also went 14-0 at home. RIC made the Little East Conference championship as a third seed entering the tournament. They advanced to the championship game before being defeated by No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut in the i nals, 82-60. The team is led by 6-2 senior guard Tahrike Carter. The 2013 All-Little East guard averaged 10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.2 apg last season. Head Coach Bob Walsh, a 1994 graduate of Hamilton College and former Friar assistant coach, enters his eighth year at the helm of the Anchormen in 2012-13. He has presided over one of the most successful periods in the program’s storied history as RIC has made seven consecutive trips to the postseason and six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament-one of only i ve teams in the nation to accomplish this feat. Walsh has led RIC to the Sweet 16 three times and the Elite Eight once

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Friartown News and Notes 10.29.12

dave@friarblog —  October 29th, 2012 5:17 PM —  Comments

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

picture Kadeem Batts Instagram

The inside force Friartown needs Kadeem Batts to be all season.

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notes I hope everyone stays safe in the next coming days in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. There’s a high chance Friarblog headquarters are going to lose power at some point, so updates may just be relegated to Twitter. As far as the basketball team is concerned, apparently all students are being kept inside their buildings until 9am tomorrow morning according to the school website. Cooley should get a PS3 and do some coaching on NBA2k13.

link Sporting News: Big East preview: With Peyton Siva, Louisville stands above Syracuse, others

Good news, they think the Friars will finish 12th. Bad news, we apparently have no “must-know” story lines. At least they call out Vincent Council as the best passer in the league after snubbing him for the All-Conference team.

1. Louisville

2. Syracuse

3. Cincinnati

4. Notre Dame

5. Pitt

6. Marquette

7. Georgetown

8. South Florida

9. Seton Hall

10. Villanova

11. Rutgers

12. Providence

13. DePaul

14. Connecticut

15. St. John’s

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Sunday Morning Crunch – 10.28.12

rjsuperfly66 —  October 28th, 2012 9:42 AM —  Comments
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Photo by Kevin Reilly

Welcome to this new segment here on Friarblog.  It was truly to be honored to be asked by Dave to really get involved here with the site, as I have been an avid reader basically from the first day this blog started. Dave once inspired me to start my own blog, which unfortunately got discontinued due to the fact it became constant complaining about how poor of a job Keno Davis was doing with the Friars.

When Dave asked me to get involved here on a weekly basis with the site, it was a no-brainer.  The work that they put in here is amazing, and I am honored to be part of the team.  The Crunch is going to be for the statistics geeks out there like myself, breaking down the stats of past and present games to show strengths, weaknesses, improvements, and flaws for the Providence Friars from game-to-game, season-to-season. It will dive into the positives and negatives about a given game from a unbiased point of view, which is the reason Friarblog became my number #1 source of Friars news so many years ago.

With that said, let us dive right on in …

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