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T.G.I.F: Thank God It’s Friartown 02.22.13

@FriarFrenzy —  February 22nd, 2013 1:32 PM —  Comments


-Congratulations to Vincent Council, the Big East’s all-time assist leader.

-Humble pie is a dish served Orange.

-When you get right down to it, Syracuse is better than Providence.  It’s that simple.

-Sometimes talent discrepancies can be mitigated by advantageous matchups, but in the case of Providence and Syracuse the matchups favor Syracuse too given their length and versatility at every position.

-It would take a great game plan, outstanding execution and shooting by Providence coupled with a subpar effort by Syracuse for the Friars to have a chance in any meeting with the Orange.

-Obviously this did not happen on Wednesday.

-Then you have the always mesmerizing Syracuse zone.  The Friars executed well enough against it early on, mainly because they did not treat it like a zone.  They used screens and cuts and navigated the baseline area well to get opportunities.

-The problem is that Syracuse’s zone is as much or more of a mental challenge than it is a physical one (and it is a huge physical challenge).  Players and coaches seemingly have to scrap everything they have ever learned about attacking a zone.

-But it is hard to resist the urge over the course of a full game to attack what you might think are gaps and throw the ball into the foul line area, and that’s when the Orange have you where they want  you.

-They get their hands on everything, and then it’s off to the races.

-I think Syracuse set record for alley oops converted in a game with 362.

-Never mind Syracuse, you are not going to beat anyone shooting 34.8 % from the field and 16.7% from three-point range.

-The Providence Journal reported that Bryce Cotton did not practice leading up to the Syracuse game due to a sore knee.

-Ed Cooley and a few of his players talked about the need to get amnesia after the Syracuse loss.
-I prefer to drink to forget but, OK, the amnesia approach might work too.

-I thought Cooley and the team said all the right things after the game.  Another sign that they are maturing and together as a unit.

-While all of Friartown was hopeful, no one really expected Providence to win at Syracuse though, right?

-We were giddy with the recent success and wanted to keep it rolling with a signature win.

-And that’s fine. It is what being a fan is all about.

-And there are a lot of reasons to be positive about the Friars these days.

-Continue to be optimistic.

-Stay the course.
-It was really never about Syracuse anyway.  The real opportunity lies in the season’s last four games.

-Another stretch where each game is realistically winnable but the Friars cannot afford to sleep on anyone because all four of their opponents will be hungry and confident that they can win.

-If the Friars go 3-1, they finish .500 in the Big East.  Think about that for a second.

-In a league that chose them to finish last.

-From preseason last place predictions to postseason talk in February.

-That is progress. And it is still about making progress.

-Told you there was no way the Friars were finishing last.

-That sound you hear is me patting myself on the back.

-Always bet on the field!

-The Big East tournament is always great, and this year’s should offer more intrigue for Friar fans than in recent history, but if they go 4-0 to finish the regular season, it gets really interesting.

-So it’s must win time Saturday night on the road in a tough gym.

-Time magazine recently reported that some states are looking to replace gender-specific words with those of a more gender-neutral nature.  One example would be to replace ‘freshman’ with ‘first-year student’.

-Seriously?  I’ll start doing that about the same time I use a capital ‘S’ Marshon Brooks’ first name.

Freshman, freshman, freshman.  Marshon, Marshon, Marshon. So take that!  (Photo:

Freshman, freshman, freshman. Marshon, Marshon, Marshon. So take that! (Photo:

-Great story relayed by Ed Cooley on his coach’s show with Frank Carpano.  Apparently there was a kid with a Boston College sweatshirt sitting court side at The Dunk last Saturday for the Notre Dame game. Cooley noticed it during warm-ups, took umbrage, had assistant Mike Jackson give the kid a PC T-shirt and made him wear it.

-John Feinstein recently reported in the Washington Post that Siena and Detroit Mercer are possible additions to the new Catholic league and that Creighton is not because the Catholic 7 does not want to expand that far west.

-The piece also stated that former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese is not a candidate for the same role with the new Catholic league because its current presidents hold a grudge over his bringing football into the Big East.

-However, local media members who are close to Friar hoops took exception with the validity of the report via Twitter.

-But did not get specific other than to say the Catholic 7 are not close to deciding on whom to invite.

-Which happens first, the Catholic 7 and the Big East settle their disagreements, or we get a new Pope?

Have a great weekend Friartown.  Be safe.

Friartown News and Notes 12.17.12

dave@friarblog —  December 17th, 2012 9:52 PM —  Comments

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link A Jersey Guy: Big East ready to respond

So is this the Old Big East, or our basketball Big East? Can we use OBE and BBBE?

According to sources in the Big East, Arseco and company are planning on exploring  the following moves.

1.   Sell the name “”Big East”” to the basketball schools after getting some assurances from the NCAA that the cost of losing the Big East name will not cost them too much in the lucrative NCAA basketball tournament. If the name is sold to the new Big East, the old Big East will petition the NCAA to get a 32nd guaranteed spot for its champion.

Aresco’s contention is that a basketball league with Connecticut, Cincinnati, Memphis and Temple has a decent foundation to build.

2. Give East Carolina full membership (the original deal was football only) which would give the new league an Eastern group of Cincinnati, UConn, South Florida, Temple, East Carolina, Central Florida, Tulane and in 2015 Navy.

link College Basketball Talk: Cooley: “We’re excited” about move away from Big East


The Big East was changing every single day.  There were nontraditional schools being invited and I’m pretty sure it just wasn’t in the best interests of them all.  But we’re excited.  We’re real excited about the direction. I don’t know what’s going to happen from here, I just know it’s going in a different direction. And Providence College has solidified itself as far as what we’re doing to be a powerful player in whatever league we’re going to be in.”

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Friartown News and Notes 12.3.12

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

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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?!


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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Friartown News and Notes 11.26.12

dave@friarblog —  November 26th, 2012 8:31 AM —  Comments

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picture Ricky Ledo Instagram

“Hey what time is it?” “Time to start having more of us play!”


link Fairfield Game Recaps: AP,,, Woonsocket Call, Sun Chronicle, Connecticut Post,, Friar Basketball

notes Bryce Cotton is 8th in the nation in scoring. AND HE’S PLAYING OUT OF POSITION. A big part of his success is that he’s getting to the line at a much higher rate (58.4 free throw rate so far this year, compared with 28.7 last season), along with spreading out his scoring from all over the court. The percentages of how Cotton gets his points: Two pointers – 36.9%, Three pointers 32.7%, free throws – 30.2%. Last year, Cotton got 50.5% of his points from three pointers.

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Friartown News and Notes 11.20.12

dave@friarblog —  November 20th, 2012 9:30 PM —  Comments

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picture Vincent Council Instagram

I don’t have a hamstring injury, but can I get this treatment? Looks rather comfy.


notes The early signing period is coming to a close tomorrow, so Brandon Austin wasted no time making it official by signing his National Letter of Intent. Do these kids still really fax in their letters? They must have to go find a Kinko’s or something, because who has a fax machine?

quote_1 “Brandon Austin is a tremendous athlete and we are excited that he is going to be a Friar. He has been part of winning programs and knows what it takes to have success. Those qualities are important to us as we build Providence College basketball. He will be a key part of our success.” – Ed Cooley

youtube YouTube: Providence College Men’s Basketball Participates in The Program

Wonder why the Friars have been so tough and resilient this year?

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Friartown News and Notes 10.29.12

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

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picture Kadeem Batts Instagram

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


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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Friartown News and Notes 10.23.12

dave@friarblog —  October 23rd, 2012 10:02 PM —  Comments

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The Ed Cooley “We’re gonna bite some asses” quote from BIG EAST Media Day really needed to have a Meme. Recaption away.

cooley bite

link Connecticut Post: Chris Elsberry: Providence, Cooley have chip on shoulder from coaches’ preseason poll

Coach Cooley, flashing his inner Walter White (sans meth making and drug dealing).

“(Those games) ate at me but I also realized that I was inheriting a team that just wasn’t close (chemistry-wise),” Cooley said. “And I think the closer that we become, those kind of games become easier to win, because our guys will play with a purpose of togetherness and not so much individually.”

To that extent, after cleaning house, as it were, Cooley made it a top priority to preach chemistry to his players.
“It was the number one thing we talked about after last season,” Cooley said. “Building chemistry toward success. That was the number one thing we talked about. This team has grown as far as chemistry. Our players are bonding more.”

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Friartown News and Notes 10.12.12

dave@friarblog —  October 12th, 2012 9:22 AM —  Comments

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picture Late Night Madness E-mail Promo

If you goto the hockey game you can get these awesome Ed Cooley and Nate Leaman t-shirts. Students only, I think. Still cool to see though.


link Watch Live Streaming Video Of Late Night Madness

And it’s FREE!

The Providence College Athletics Department will offer a live video stream of its annual Late Night Madness event to kick off the 2012-13 basketball season. The live stream is free of charge and will be available beginning at 10:00 p.m.

This year’s edition of Late Night Madness will be held in the newly renovated Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium, marking the first basketball-related event in the upgraded facility. For those wishing to attend Late Night Madness, doors open at 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.

notes Kevin McNamara tweeted that there could be dozens of recruits that show up to Late Night Madness, but they are teenagers so who really knows. Couldn’t be more true, as Jared Terrell is apparently no longer planning to attend after it was reported by his coach that he was on Wednesday night.

notes The list of Late Night Madness attendees is certainly impressive, but I’m not really expecting any immediate commitments. The 2013 guys (Brandon Austin and Ron Patterson) have a lot of big visits planned, and for the 2015 guys it’s way too early. There was a lot of talk about Kahari Beaufort practically ready to pledge to the Friars on Twitter earlier in the week. I would say he is the best chance for hearing some good recruiting news out of everyone listed so far, but I’m fairly certain he wants to visit other schools as well. Don’t be discouraged if nothing concrete comes out of this right away, as it’s just really a visit for these kids under a great atmosphere.

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Friartown News and Notes 10.8.12

dave@friarblog —  October 8th, 2012 9:24 PM —  Comments

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picture @PCAthletics Tweet

While you were sleeping early Sunday morning in preperation of an NFL Sunday, the Friar basketball players were SWIMMING as part of “The Program” workout sessions.


notes The Friartown Twitterverse was in a little bit of a frenzy after 2014 guard Kahari Beaufort (who is attending Late Night Madness on Friday) went on a tweeting spree about how excited he was about LNM and PC in general. He tweeted at Coach Cooley, said he was wearing Friars gear, retweeted EVERY Friar fan who gave him love, and even talked about big news coming up. It sounds like he is definitely interested in Providence, but let’s temper the enthusiasm a bit until there is an official decision. Based on some things I was told, let’s just say his Twitter follower count could be a big factor here.

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Friartown News and Notes 10.3.12

dave@friarblog —  October 3rd, 2012 9:42 PM —  Comments

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picture Marshon Brooks Instagram

Pretty sweet Adidas ad.


link ESPN: Bullock another recruiting win for Friars

Hearing about his great defense brought a tear to my eye.

Even more important than his offensive versatility is his defensive value. Prior to arriving at Providence, Cooley led Fairfield program’s to unprecedented heights by building the top defensive team in the MAAC. When he arrived at Providence, he wasn’t just taking over a team that needed to upgrade its talent base, but he was inheriting one of the worst defensive units in the Big East.

The Friars made consistent strides in that area last year, but there is still work to be done. Bullock will be a major asset in that endeavor because he’ll provide Cooley with just the type of long and mobile athlete he built his defense around at Fairfield.

Because Bullock can defend multiple positions, he’ll allow Cooley flexibility in his lineups and matchups. As the Friars add more and more versatile defenders, they’ll be able to extend their defense with more consistency while also utilizing more switching concepts within their halfcourt coverage — two things which have historically been key components to Cooley’s defensive playbook.

notes Since the loss in the NCAA Tournament in 2004, it seems that Friartown has been in an infinite loop of “next year” mode. “Wait until all these young guys play another couple of years together”, “The recruiting is on the verge of BLOWING UP!”, or “The next class is going to make us a Top 20 team!”. There have been injuries, de-commitments, players leave, and eligibility issues that have always seemed to pop up at the wrong times. Looking ahead to “next year”, doesn’t it seem that ALOT has to go wrong in order to derail what Ed Cooley is building toward? I’m not trying to jinx Friartown here since I feel like we’ve been down this road before as recently as last year, but Cooley’s brick by brick philosophy is turning into a massive structure that we will see with our own eyes next year.

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