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The Providence Friars were able to get their 2nd BIG EAST win of the season by defeating Rutgers at the Dunk 78-67.

Bilal Dixon scored a season-high 18 points, and Vincent Council had 11 points and 14 assists to lead Providence to a 78-67 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.Rutgers (12-11, 4-6) whittled the deficit to 64-60 with 2:38 remaining after switching to a full-court press midway through the second half, but the Scarlet Knights didn’t get any closer the rest of the way.Cotton hit two 3-pointers in 20 seconds, both on assists from Council, to give the Friars (13-10, 2-8) a 70-60 lead with 1:51 remaining. Cotton finished with 17 points.

Wait a minute, Bilal Dixon 18 points? Yeah that’s right. Dixon played perhaps his best game ever in a Friars uniform, really giving the team a presence in the paint on both ends of the floor. “A man amongst boys” according to Rutgers head coach Mike Rice.

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After Rutgers head coach Mike Rice talked, Ed Cooley was joined by the double-double boys Bilal Dixon and Vincent Council following PC’s 78-67 victory.

The Providence folks join about 8 minutes into the video below.

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On BIG EAST Media Day back in October, Mike Rice said that he hated the Ed Cooley hire, and he was going to start a petition to get him fired. Rice was joking of course, because he felt his job would be that much harder with another strong coach in the conference. Cooley would probably say otherwise in regards to Rice, because he is getting a look ahead at a similar rebuilding project and culture change for a team that has struggled over the years despite having so much local talent. The Scarlet Knights are a Dr. Jekyl / Mr. Hyde type team, but Rice gets the young team to play hard and with tough defense. It’s sounds absolutely crazy to say, but wha

There are a lot of distractions right now, with new players coming in, and several players speculated to transfer out of the program after the season. While it’s fun to look ahead to the bright future, these remaining games can help the guys who will be here next year, and help Cooley grow as a coach. More importantly, the team needs to show it hasn’t take back in it’s progression like PC’s teams over the last few years. Once the calendar strikes February, things have generally fallen apart. Over the last two seasons, Providence has won TWO games after February 1st. Interestingly enough, those were home games against South Florida and Rutgers, the two best chances PC will have for wins in their remaining 9 games.

If the Friars stumble tonight, they may be looking at another visit by this guy below.


Game Time: 7:00PM EST

Opponent: Rutgers (12-10, 4-5)

Location: The Dunk

Spread: Providence -2.0

ESPN Accuscore: Providence 66.0, Rutgers 65.1 (Rutgers wins 53.2% of over 10,000 sims)

CBSSports Daily Picks: Providence 75, Rutgers 71

Fun Fact: Mike Rice got his first victory as head coach of Rutgers against Ed Cooley and Fairfield in November 2010.


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Rutgers Game Highlights From COX [Video]

dave@friarblog —  January 14th, 2010 4:58 PM

Full of Greedy Goodness, and Shawna interviewing McD!

I had a great weekend up at Providence, and was able to visit the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time since it was renovated.  Checking into the hotel, I noticed a big RU bus, and some of the Rutgers players at the lobby.  I saw Mike Rosario and whispered ominously into his ear “You are going to shoot 1-11 tonight” and walked away.  OK, that didn’t happen, but I did see Rutgers head coach Fred Hill come out of the elevator and chatted with him for a few minutes.  I forgot that he knew my uncle, so he was happy to talk to us.  Real nice guy.  Right before he left, I said “Don’t pay any attention to Greedy Peterson.  He’s banged up and not playing well.  Don’t guard him all.  It’s safe I swear!”.  OK, well that didn’t happen either (the Greedy part, I did talk with Freddy).  I probably didn’t need to psyche out any of them, as the Friars just completely outworked and outplayed the Scarlet Knights in the first half.  Even though Providence let up a little in the 2nd and Rutgers kinda fought back, it was never really close.  If I wasn’t so sound asleep thanks to one too many fine beers from downtown Providence, I probably would have had trouble sleeping due to the weeping and groaning coming from the floor above where the players stayed.

I also want to point out that since I started this site last year, the Providence Friars are 4-0 in games that I have attended.  OK, so the opponents have only been Rutgers, Seton Hall, and DePaul, but I still like to take credit for the wins.


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  • It’s amazing the shooting ended up being so close after the Friars just blew Rutgers out in the 1st half.  It seemed like RU just kept launching threes off the rim left and right. I guess it helped that Dane Miller was 10 of 16.
  • The Friars once again had a great night taking care of the ball, and won the points off turnovers battle 23-9.  This was the 4th game that PC coughed it up less than 10 times.  Given their style of play and youth, it is really surprising the team continues to put up excellent turnover percentage numbers.  Definitely their biggest strength this year, and good to see after last year’s problems (see McDermott, Geoff).
  • Although Greedy Peterson made all the headlines with his dominant 20 rebound performance, Dane Miller had the game high with 6 offensive rebounds (but strangely  only 1 defensive board). It appears that Keno’s motivation worked not only on Greedy (5 ORB), but also on Marshon Brooks and Brian McKenzie (4 offensive each).
  • Providence had not really done a good job at getting to the line this season, but put up their 3rd best free throw rate of the year.  Once they got there? Um, that’s another story.  Sharaud Curry was the only Friar to have success at the line, as PC went a dreadful 13-27 (48.1%) from the line.


Possessions: 76

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 123.7

Rutgers: 106.6

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

Jamine Peterson – 13th player to ever get 20/20 in BIG EAST play.  Most damage done in the first half, as he was drilling threes and making numerous highlight dunks.

Dane Miller – Impressive performance from the Freshman.  5 turnovers though

Vincent Council – Seeing him make no-look passes in person was truly amazing.  I’ve been super impressed watching him all season, but he just looks that much better in person.

Sharaud Curry – Can he lead some free throw drills in practice? He’s the only one who can shoot them apparently


Mike Rosario – Rutgers leading scorer was shut down for the 3rd time against Providence.  For some reason, they have this guy figured out.

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AROUND THE INTERWEBS Men’s Basketball Downs Rutgers, 94-81

The Providence College men’s basketball team (10-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) defeated Rutgers University (9-6, 0-3 BIG EAST) by a score of 94-81 Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had an incredible effort for PC, leading the team with 29 points and 20 rebounds. It marked the 32nd time in school history that a player has posted at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game and Peterson becomes only the sixth player in Friar history to accomplish the feat. The last time a Friar hit the mark was November 11, 2006 when Herbert Hill recorded 20 points and 20 rebounds against George Washington. It also marks only the 13th time in BIG EAST history that a player has eclipsed the mark. Career Nights from Miller and Mitchell Not Enough as RU Falls at Providence

Freshman wing Dane Miller (Henrietta, N.Y.) scored 26 points and redshirt junior forward Jonathan Mitchell (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) added 18 points to both post career-high scoring totals, but it was not enough as Rutgers (9-6, 0-3) fell to Providence (10-6, 2-2) by a 94-81 score Saturday evening at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Miller shot 10-of-16, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc, and grabbed seven rebounds, while Mitchell also had seven boards, to spark the Scarlet Knights. McKenzie, Peterson get Friars back to winning ways

“There was a little whisper going on throughout practice,” said McKenzie, “and that definitely was a motivator. He didn’t really come out and say it. He would just hint towards it, but that little murmur motivated everybody.”

Projo Hoops Blog: Greedy’s Big Night

Peterson totaled 29 points and 20 rebounds in PC’s 94-81 win over Rutgers Saturday night. You could make a case that it was the greatest individual performance ever by a Friar against a Big East opponent. Sound like a stretch? Not really.

Sun Chronicle: Friars Rebound

“Everything came to me, I was more patient instead of rushing things,” said Peterson, the 6-foot-6 Brooklyn, N.Y. resident, who was scolded and reminded by PC coach Keno Davis of his responsibilities after a stink-a-roo, three-point in 29-minute effort against Louisville four days ago.

Go Friars Blog: Friars Roll; Greedy’s For Real

It was only the 32nd time in school history that a player has posted at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Peterson becomes only the sixth player in Friar history to accomplish the feat. It also marks only the 13th time in BIG EAST history that a player has eclipsed the mark.

Friar Basketball: 29, 20, and 5 (great recruits)

As for the game itself, the story was Greedy Peterson.  Is there such a thing as a good missed dunk?  When Greedy missed a one hander late in the 2nd half (he was fouled) it sent the crowd buzzing because he took off from Smithfield, but it was perhaps even more significant as it symbolized a rousing 29 point, 20 rebound effort in which he continually attacked the rim for the first time in a while.

Truth About PC Basketball: Rutgers Postgame

All of that said, there is certainly still work to be done. The Friars just seemed unable to deliver a knockout punch in the second half, allowing the Scarlet Knights to hang around for too long. Against a better team, that might have been a bigger problem.

State of Friars Basketball: Peterson’s Career Game Propels the Friars Over Rutgers

Well, this game certainly had its moments.  The Friars of the first half seemed a lot like the team that fans would like to see every night.  They moved the ball well, and all of our important players were hitting shots.

It seems like Keno Davis’ rumors of a lineup shakeup really scared the players.  Both Peterson and Brian McKenzie, both rumored to be moving potentially to the bench, had big games.  McKenzie had 11 points on 3-6 shooting, although he did not provide much offense in the second half.

PFB: Postgame: Providence 94, Rutgers 81

Overall though it was a good game.  The team didn’t play with the intensity we probably all would have liked over the entire 40 minutes, but they played with enough to win, which last night was good enough.  Considering the league we are in we will take it, but we know that if we want to knock off any of the top teams this season nothing less than an all-out 40 minutes performance will do.  It is something we have still yet to see

Star Ledger: Providence steamrolls Rutgers, 94-81, to continue rough weekend for program

Tough night? No, last night’s 94-81 loss to the Friars was a painful exercise of what happens to sluggish teams in the Big East. It was the bitter punctuation to a weekend to forget for the Scarlet Knights. Barely 24 hours before they tipped off, Rutgers endured the news that one of the building blocks for their future — sophomore center Greg Echenique — was transferring.

Star Ledger: Ugly first half against Providence could be a sign of things to come for Rutgers

Really? Fifty-five points in the first half against Providence?
You better believe it and it was every bit as ugly as it looked on TV or sounded on radio. That was as bad of a first half — or any half — as I’ve seen Rutgers play.

Daily Targum: Providence piles on misery for Knights, more Echenique fallout

The day after news broke that sophomore forward Gregory Echenique would tranfer, the Rutgers men’s basketball team suffered another disheartening defeat.

Providence forward Jamine Peterson scored 29 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as the Friars handed the Scarlet Knights a 94-81 loss Saturday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It was the Knights’ third straight defeat to open conference play and fourth in a row.

Boring-ass AP Writeup: Peterson has 29 points, 20 rebounds as Providence rolls over Rutgers 94-81


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squinn02 @vc_32 just gets people the ball in the right spots #friars

SteveHartnett92 RU kidding me??? Greedy Peterson with 29 points and 20 rebounds in a Big East win? Best part was that it all came within the team concept.

raphiellej That should do it. #Friars win 94-81. Good sign for #Rutgers: the play of Dane Miller. Very good night for that freshman. #rubb

phriarphreak greedy with a 20-20 day. wade phillips tells @jhpenfield to suck it

JMulley Rutgers mens basketball team is really bad! #Fail #Friars

MCMSwets Great win tonight for the Friars to get back to 2-2 in the league. 94-81 over Rutgers.

chris_tredeau greedy gettin greedy on the boards pullin down 20. go friars

BrendanPrunty Who teaches Providence FT shooting? Seton Hall? 91-81 PC with 41.9 left. #rubb

rjsuperfly66 Friars looking real solid right now in all aspects of the game

Fred Hill and Rutgers Get Desperate [Pic]

dave@friarblog —  December 9th, 2009 2:47 PM

While Rutgers may be 5-2, coach Fred Hill still realizes they still kinda suck and is desperate to gain any advantage he can with the referees.  Here is his technique.

(Photo Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)

Saw this linked on the Syracuse blog “Cuse Country” and had to share it with everyone.  Think you have it bad as a Friar fan, only going to the NCAA tournament twice in the last 10 years?  Well you got NOTHING on Rutgers fans.

The pain and sadness of Rutgers men’s basketball

The Rutgers men’s basketball team was last in the NCAA Tournament in the 1990-91 season. I love college basketball. Like chocolate frosting. So you can imagine how painful it is. To convey just how futile the team is, I decided to list every school that’s been to the NCAA Tournament at least once since 1991. If you went/go to Rutgers, look away.

Providence recruiting target Vincent Council will visit Rutgers for their New Year’s Eve opener against #3 Pittsburgh at the RAC.

According to

Vincent Council, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard from New York, will visit Rutgers this week and will attend the Pittsburgh game on Wednesday at the RAC.

“I’m going on the 30th,” Council, who plays for Chris Chaney at The Patterson (NC) School, wrote Sunday in a text message.

Council is also supposed to visit Central Florida the weekend of Jan. 10.

Council is basically down to Providence, Rutgers and UCF and his father, Vincent Council Sr., said he will announce in early January.

As I mentioned last night, Rutgers is in the process of being the first team to ever play the top 3 seeds in the nation in a row.   Rutgers beat Pitt (at the time ranked #13, but playing without Levance Fields) last year at the Peterson Center, so they hope they can find some New Year’s Eve magic and show Council a great game at the RAC.

Poor Rutgers

dave@friarblog —  December 29th, 2008 5:29 AM

To nobody’s surprise, Rutgers lost to #1 ranked UNC tonight 97-75.

Who do they play their next two games?  #3 ranked Pittsburgh and #2 UCONN.  Yikes.  According to

It marks the first time in history that one team will face the top three teams in the country consecutively, let alone in one week.

Hey, at least the Pitt game is at the RAC.  Last year Rutgers inexplicably beat #13 Pittsburgh AT the Peterson Center in Pittsburgh, so who the fuck knows.   However, Pitt was without point guard Levance Fields (broken foot).   We all know what missing your point guard can do to a team.