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Two years ago at the BIG EAST Tournament, I did something I normally don’t do when attending sporting events. After a season of terrible defense under Keno Davis coupled with a Seton Hall lead that reached 29 points in the 2nd half, my buddies and I bolted from Madison Square Garden with about 6 minutes left and the Friars down 20. We needed to drown our sorrows at a quicker pace, and walking up and down all those stairs each time to pay for $10 beers wasn’t going to cut it. Shortly thereafter, we watched a Duke Mondy potential game-tying three pointer sail through the air, with the possibility creating one of the worst regretful decisions I could make as a sports fan. The shot would hit the rim and Providence would lose, but would it have made a difference if it went in and the Friars were able to win in overtime (other than me wanting to throw myself in front of a bus on 5th ave for leaving the game)? The utter lack of defense was driving the team to an inevitable downward spiral, and there was surely another 109-106 loss lurking in the next game.

This season the Friars have the same amount of conference wins as those ill-fated PC teams, but Ed Cooley is setting the foundation of the program with a better brand of basketball. A win tonight against Seton Hall (a team that needs a win or two to get into the NCAA Tournament) would be another solid brick for Cooley’s Providence College Basketball team.


Game Time: 7:00PM EST

Opponent: Seton Hall (19-11, 8-10)

Location: Madison Square Garden

Spread: Seton Hall -5.5

ESPN Accuscore: Seton Hall 70.3, Providence 63.3 (Seton Hall wins 71.1% of over 10,000 sims)

CBSSports Daily Picks: Seton Hall 72, Providence 66


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Seton Hall Roundup

dave@friarblog —  January 8th, 2012 8:03 PM —  Comments

ESPN (AP): Seton Hall 66, Providence 57

Seton Hall led 32-29 at halftime and pulled ahead by 11 points just five minutes into the second half. Providence did not go away easily and made it a one-point game with 3:40 remaining before Theodore’s jumper sparked a 12-4 Seton Hall run to close the game. Boxscore Men’s Basketball Falls To Seton Hall, 57-66

Junior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Friars in scoring with 23 points and nine assists while sophomore guard Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) added 10 points. The Friars posted a school-high 17 blocks in the match up. Edwin’s Career Night Propels Men’s Basketball Past Providence, 66-57

Sophomore Fuquan Edwin (Paterson, N.J.) scored a career-high 24 points as the Seton Hall men’s basketball team improved to 14-2 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play with a 66-57 victory at Providence on Saturday.

The victory is the Pirates’ third straight and 11th in their last 12 games. Seton Hall’s 14 wins surpass its win total of a year ago.

In an outstanding all-around game, Edwin scored his 24 points on the strength of 5-for-8 from three point range. He grabbed nine rebounds and added to his national lead with five steals.

GoLocalProv: Friars foiled again, Pirates prevail 66-57

Compounding the problems for PC over the four Big East games are turnovers, and the opposition scoring off of those turnovers. In the four league losses, PC has turned the ball over 63 times, leading directly to 96 points. Saturday night, 17 Friar mistakes led to 21 Pirate points, while 11 Seton Hall turnovers gave PC just nine points of their own

Sun Chronicle: Friars tripped up

The Friars shot a commendable 44 percent from the floor and held a six-point lead during the first half, but they also committed nine turnovers, grabbed just three offensive rebounds, while Coleman and Henton were each limited to two shots and Cotton went 1-for-5 from the floor. “That shows you what Ed Cooley is doing here,” Willard praised the play of PC. “He’s doing tremendous things.” Seton Hall rides Jordan Theodore late, to escape Providence with 66-57 win

The floating jumper with 3:23 left to play not only changed the direction of the game, but put it in Seton Hall’s favor. It led to 12-point closing burst that saved the game and gave the Pirates a crucial 66-57 road win over the Friars tonight. After canning the shot, Theodore followed it up by orchestrating a fast-break that resulted in a Fuquan Edwin basket that turned a one-point lead into a six-point one.

But it was the 10-footer that was the biggest shot of the night.

“It’s definitely what we needed,” said Theodore, who had 14 points and nine assists on the night. “Herb (Pope) set a great screen on Bilal Dixon and hedged hard. I drove by him and I saw the opening, so I pulled up and I took it.” The Tip In: Seton Hall putting away Providence latest sign Pirates headed in right direction

1. It didn’t look pretty, so how did Seton Hall manage to escape The Dunk with a win?
The most simple way to put this is the easiest and most apt, so we’ll start there: This is a game that Seton Hall would’ve lost last year. We’ve heard that numerous times so far this year, but in this case, it’s 100 percent true. After being up 11 with under 10 play, last year’s Pirates team would’ve watched that lead get whittled away and then when the point came where Providence was within one and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was about to explode, they would’ve caved in and lost. This year’s version played out differently because Jordan Theodore realized that the game-winning shot didn’t have to come with a few seconds left — it can come with over three minutes left. And it did. Theodore’s jumper with 3:23 left to play, crushed the Friar momentum. That was something we never saw from last year’s team and it’s a clear sign that this Pirate squad is for real.

Friar Basketball: PC in 7 Minutes: Providence vs. Seton Hall

3. Contrary to recent seasons, the Friars were sluggish on the offensive end, yet played with passion defensively. A school record 17 blocked shots played an obvious key in holding Seton Hall to just 36% shooting, with several blocks coming after a Friar ran down what looked to be an easy open court lay-in and others in recovery at the rim.

Behind hot shooting from Edwin (5 three pointers) the Hall nailed nine from deep on the night, which was big as they struggled to get much of anything inside in the halfcourt set, scoring just 14 two point field goals. They only got 11 points from the free throw line as well.

South Orange Juice: Seton Hall Basketball: Seton Hall 66, Providence 57; Good Teams Win Ugly Basketball Games

The ugliest moment of the night occurred when Herb Pope positioned himself to take a charge from Gerald Coleman. Pope set his feet in time, but a leaping Coleman ended up raking Pope in his left eye before plummeting to the hardwood himself. Every Seton Hall fan held their breath as Pope reached to his face and slowly lifted himself off the ground. I certainly was thinking back to Jeremy Hazell’s broken hand which derailed any possibility of a promising season last year. Surely, Seton Hall is further along this season in comparison, but the end result would have been the same, disappointment. Thankfully, neither player was seriously injured, Coleman returned to the game after a brief absence and Pope returned just seconds into the second half. Phew.

Watch Kevin Willard of Seton Hall and Ed Cooley give their press conference following the Hall’s 66-57 win over Providence.

Here are some of Ed Cooley’s gems:

“Right now we got puppies, and we are playing against dogs”

“When you lose at home, it just rips my heart out. It feels like someone broke into your house and took your nice china. I like my china. Tea is really good in it”

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If you are Seton Hall, you are feeling pretty good about the present right about now. After beating finally beating UCONN for the first time in eleven years, Kevin Willard and the Pirates are starting to get recognized and have begun making eye contact with the Top 25 from across the bar. The future ain’t looking too bad either, with highly ranked recruit Aquille Carr giving a verbal yesterday. Gone are the days of one man show Jeremey Hazell chucking up threes like they are going out of style. The Seton Hall offense is now a balanced attack, and their defense has tremendously improved from a season ago.

In order to get their first BIG EAST win this season, the Friars have to continue to play with the energy and fight that they brought against top ranked Syracuse during the week. The Hall will surely not be in “let-down” mode since a win will most likely get them in the polls, so PC will once again need everyone to be firing on all cylinders.


Game Time: 6:00PM EST

Opponent: Seton Hall (13-2, 2-1)

Location: The Dunk

Spread: Seton Hall -2.5

ESPN Accuscore: Seton Hall 72.2, Providence 67.2 (Seton Hall wins 65.3% of over 10,000 sims)

CBSSports Daily Picks: Seton Hall 72, Providence 67

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The Providence Friars are trying to prolong their season as they head to NYC for the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament.  Their opponent tonight is the Seton Hall Pirates, who the Friars lost to over the weekend at the DUNK as a result of a rather dull performance.  However, I think tonight is going to be different for several reasons.

  • Since I started, the Friars are 4-0 in games that I have personally attended.  Sure, the opponents have been Rutgers (twice) and DePaul (in the BET last year) — but the other was Gonzo’s Pirates at the Prudential Center.  Let’s hope I don’t get by a cab on my walk from the office to the Garden.
  • The Hall is in a very similar situation that our Friars were in last year.   They have a good conference record, but not enough marquee wins.  Most bubble-talkin’ people have SHU needing a win against PC AND Notre Dame in order to be considered for an At-Large Bid.  Why is this important?  Well, if the Friars have any fondness for last year’s class, they are going to want to play spoiler.  After all, PC had a better conference record (10-8 vs 9-9) and did not get with only one win in the BET.  Do it for McDermott boys!
  • This is Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Despite losing 10 games in a row and counting, I think the boys will up for a game of maximum effort.  Bilal Dixon will want to impress his Jersey City contingent, and Vincent Council and Greedy will hopefully shine for the Brooklyn folks.
  • Sharaud Curry deserves a better ending.  Last year should have been his Senior night, Upsetting #1 Pittsburgh with the class he played for 4 years.  However, his night came on the depressing end of an awful losing streak, behind a lackluster crowd.  Sure, Curry has his flaws defensively, but he has been a great scorer at Providence College and deserves a little better ending!  Let’s hope he takes matters into his own hands and drills some threes like we’ve seen him in conference play.


Before and after the game, I’ll be hitting up Stout (right down the street from the Garden, 133 West 33rd Street).  I’ll be rocking my homemade T-Shirt, so the first person to say hi and mention this post I’ll buy them a beer :) .

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Game Time: 7:00PM

Opponent: Seton Hall Pirates (18-11, 9-9)

Location: Madison Square Garden

Spread: SHU -5

ESPN AccuScore Prediction: SHU 83, PC 80 (SHU wins 56% in 10,000 sims)

Pomeroy Prediction: SHU 91, PC 87 (64% confidence)

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The Friars return to action on Tuesday, March 9at the BIG EAST Championship in New York, N.Y. As the No. 15 seed, PC will face No. 10 seed Seton Hall at 7:00 p.m. for the second time in three days and the first time in the BIG EAST Tournament since 2000. The Friars were defeated, 92-80, by the Pirates on March 6 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Tuesday’s contest will mark the 87th meeting ever between the two teams. Providence has posted a 45-41 mark all-time against Seton Hall. The two teams first met on February 26, 1927
when the Pirates defeated the Friars, 25-24, in South Orange, N.J. The Friars are 18-25 in road games against Seton Hall, 24-12 in home games and 3-4 in games on neutral courts. The Friars last defeated the Pirates, 98-93, in overtime on January 22, 2009 in Newark, N.J. PC, Hall set to tangle once more

PC guard Marshon Brooks says he sees the Friars with a bit of a mental edge. While the Pirates badly need to win the game, the Friars are riding a 10-game losing streak and clearly won’t be playing games after this week barring an unforeseen run through the Big East tourney. He expects his teammates to be excited to play for what could be the final time this year. Big East Tournament preview capsule: Seton Hall vs. Providence

The Pirates find themselves squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble after finishing at .500 in the Big East. Need a win Tuesday night and a victory over Notre Dame Wednesday to stay in the discussion Seton Hall’s John Garcia hoping for a second trip to the NCAAs

Garcia, who is the only current Pirate to have known the NCAA Tournament — having been a freshman during the 2006 NCAA season — has had one goal this season: Make it back to the dance. He doesn’t care that he’s averaging less than 14 minutes a game or that his body — which undergoes 10-14 hours of treatment a week — can only take so many trips up and down the court. Herb Pope pumped for the Garden

“I’m going to be juiced,” he said. “It’s going to mean a lot to me. That’s MSG. That’s where Michael Jordan and guys tried to come in there and put on a great show for everybody. If you come out there and you’re not playing basketball, [the fans] will let you know it. So you have to come out with your ‘A’ game.” College Basketball: Seton Hall (18-11) vs. Providence (12-18)

For the season, Jeremy Hazell leads Seton Hall and ranks third in the conference with 21.2 points per game. Herb Pope became the first Pirate to finish a season leading the Big East in rebounds per game (11.1). Big East casts large shadow on the week

No. 15 Providence vs. No. 10 Seton Hall: The Friars followed up its near-miss at Pittsburgh with a clunker in their home finale against these same Pirates. For once, the defense wasn’t the primary problem — not to imply that PC’s defense was good on Saturday. Worse was the offense, which shot just 42.3 percent eFG and committed turnovers on one quarter of its possessions. The latter has rarely been a problem this season. If the Friars can clean up the turnovers and get Greedy Peterson more involved — the double-double machine had just six points and four rebounds before fouling out — PC could pull off a crushing upset. The bad matchup for PC — and this isn’t new — is on defense, where Seton Hall doesn’t turn the ball over. Forcing turnovers is the primary way that PC gets stops, and without that out, the Friars’ only option is to pray for missed shots. Teams don’t generally miss layups.

SBRForum: Seton Hall Pirates on bubble and needing wins in Big East tourney

As far as a game plan goes, it’s as simple as throw the ball on the court and get out of the way. Both teams love to run and their scoring averages prove it. Providence is averaging 81.6 points per game while surrendering 81.3 ppg. Seton Hall is tickling the twine to the tune of 80.3 points per game while allowing 74 and change. The first half-court set you see tonight might be the last one, so enjoy it.


The game will be carried on ESPNU

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