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Earlier today I post a little something on Facebook asking you all what article you’d like to see – a Cincy recap, a postseason discussion, or a reflection on one particular player.

Thankfully, you guys picked the postseason article. Because God knows deep down I was going to do everything in my power to avoid doing a Cincy recap.

So, you asked for it, now you got it! Hit the jump and let’s talk about the Friars in the postseason!

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Pregame Buffet: UConn

Daniel "The Warrior Friar" James —  January 31st, 2013 12:56 PM —  Comments

Welcome to another Friarblog Pregame Buffet, a new feature I hope to make regular on this site. This buffet comes with all-you-can-eat videos, audio, images, lists, and everything else you need to have a good time.

Like most buffets this is short on words, but long on content. Read/listen/watch on to get everything you need to fill up on before the UConn game at the Dunk tonight at 7:00!

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With West Virginia’s win over USF this afternoon, Connecticut finishes up as the No. 10 seed in the conference (even if Seton Hall were to lose to DePaul tonight, the Pirates hold the tie breaker by beating UConn). They will play Providence at 7PM on ESPNU, 7 days after the Friars came back to beat the Huskies at the Dunk.

Looks like PC will have another chance to end UConn’s NCAA Tourney hopes. This time, Jim Calhoun will be on the sidelines, and he will be angry.

UPDATE: I’m an idiot. Seton Hall lost to DePaul, now I have no idea what’s going on. If St. John’s win, PC gets Uconn. If Rutgers wins, we get Seton Hall. I think.

via Cox Sports Online

H/T @mhopkins8587

ESPN (AP): Providence 72, UConn 70

“There’s not a shot LaDontae doesn’t like,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said of Henton’s buzzer-beater. “That mentality is great at some points, and he’s always ready to shoot.” Men’s Basketball Ends Home Season With A Victory Over Connecticut, 72-70

The Providence College men’s basketball team (15-15, 4-13 BIG EAST) defeated the Connecticut Huskies (17-12, 7-10 BIG EAST) by the score of 72-70, in its final home game of the season on Tuesday, February 28, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Three Friars scored in double digits in the victory. Sophomore guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) scored 22 points while freshman forward LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) registered 18 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) added 13 points. Junior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) contributed nine points and 11 assists and sophomore forward Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) grabbed 13 rebounds. Boxscore

Hartford Courant: Providence Upsets UConn, 72-70

Bryce Cotton (22 points) was let loose for a couple of three-point shots to pull the Friars (15-15, 4-13) within striking distance. Then came several terrible, rushed three-point attempts from the Huskies and a turnover, and the crowed became a major factor.

“All hell broke loose,” Napier said.

Pawtucket Times: Friars deliver in home finale, top Huskies, 72-70

The message from the coach: “I told the team prior to our walkthrough that we’ve come a long way as a program. Against Assumption, we were immature. In our last game against DePaul, our execution, our precision down the stretch, paying attention to detail – it might not reflect in our record but I think our program grew from Assumption to DePaul.”

The Day: Post-game breakdown, video: Providence

Freshman LaDontae Henton (18 points) delivered two of the game’s biggest shots, burying back-to-back three-pointers. His second one just beat the shot clock, handing PC a 69-61 lead with one minute left.
“I had my hand in his face and he knocked the shot down,” Drummond said. “That’s a big time shot right there.”

The Day: Friars are on the rise

Let me just say this: If you have some money burning a hole in your wallet, invest in Providence season tickets now and avoid the inevitable bandwagon. The Friars are a comin’.

This much we know, however: UConn better milk all it can from the moment. You can make a decent case that after this season, Providence will make the NCAA tournament before UConn does. UConn fans will hate that. Sorry. But an energetic coach has his whole team back plus two of the best high school players in the country. UConn has a 70-year-old coach with a bad back, two players who might leave for the pros and the specter of NCAA ineligibility.

Friar Basketball: Looking to Finish Strong, Sharpshooting Friars Knock Off Connecticut

It was a season that looked as though it would close much in the same manner of many others in recent PC history, but with a buzzer-beating jumper by Henton on Saturday and a 26-5 blitz of a stunned Connecticut group, Providence has turned the tide in February – and they have a chance to close the season on a high note similar to the one Rutgers finished with at this time a year ago.

GoLocalProv: Providence 2nd half comeback stuns UConn, 72-70

But in this unlikely scenario, with the game on the line and the outcome hanging in the balance, it was Providence making the plays in the final minutes that UConn is used to making. But in this game, the Huskies were the team left wondering what happened at the end. Behind an incredible 26-5 run during an eight minute stretch in the second half, PC came from behind to beat UConn 72-70 at the Dunkin Donuts Center Tuesday night.

New Haven Register: Right Now, This is Not an NCAA Tournament Team. Sorry.

I don’t care what Joey Brackets says. I don’t care what their RPI is, or whether they (somehow) still have the nation’s No. 1 strength of schedule. I don’t care if the ol’ “last 10 games” aren’t supposed to matter much, if at all.

They should matter. The Huskies have lost nine of their last 12 games. Their only three wins over the past 1 1/2 months came against a Herb Pope-less Seton Hall, last-place DePaul and 14th-place Villanova.

Hartford Courant: Huskies’ Bubble May Have Burst In Providence

The Huskies lost by falling apart defensively in the second half just when it looked as if they were in control of the game. They blew a 14-point lead with under 13 minutes left. They lost once again by allowing far too many three-pointers, 10 this time. They lost with some rushed threes, like the one by Niels Giffey that turned into a Bryce Cotton three-pointer where the lead went from 11 to eight and so went a chunk of momentum. They lost late after Jeremy Lamb took a three-pointer of 30 feet that looked as if it would have needed radar guidance only for him to get the ball back, turn and chuck another three-point miss. He said he thought they were good looks and, hey, he’s The Shooter.

Connecticut News: Three Months After UCF Loss, Not Much Has Changed For Huskies

As you all know, Shabazz Napier has no problem speaking his mind. And I respect that – it’s definitely refreshing to hear something that isn’t pre-meditated media talk. Here’s his take from Tuesday.

“No disrespect to them, but this is one of the games you put a ‘W’ by before you even play,” Napier said.

Only problem is, against Providence, it’s not always an easy ‘W.’ In fact, the Friars have nipped the Huskies in five of the past seven meetings.


The players, past, current and future

Kiwi Gardner (@KiwiLoveThaKids): Big shot BILLUPS = BIG BIG SHOT BUCKETS

LaDontae Henton (@HentonBuckets23): It feels good to be a friar!!!

Lee Goldsbrough (@GeordieFriar): Can’t really complain with that result!!!

Brice Kofane (@BFL_Brice13: Great team effort tonight.

Bryce Cotton (@b_cotton11): What a way to end the last home game of the year..

Austin Croshere ‏(@AustinCroshere): Big win for PC over the Huskies. Always love beating the Huskies.

Marshon Brooks ‏(@Marshon2): #FRIARTOWN baby, we on our way!!! Favorite this tweet #incooleywetrust

Kris Dunn (@ShowTime_Dunn): #Friartown was rockin tonight, fans was wild, cooley sweatin, Ladonte(Buckets) knocking 3′a but respect to my bro Andre, pointed to the kid


My favorite part of this win, is thinking of Calhoun on his couch yelling at the TV #pcbb
Steve Quinn

@RichSlate: Given the stakes for UConn & the fact they were up 14 in the 2nd half, it was easily the best win of the season for PC. #pcbb #uconn

@TonyRBranco: Great win tonight by the Providence College Friars over UConn. The future is bright for Ed Cooley and his program.

@jlock5: PC takes down UCONN’s NCAA hopes I could not have asked for a better game. Priceless. Hopefully uconn rebuilds for 2014 season.

@FriarTruck: Way to go Friars and a hat tip to the Friar fans who still believed when they were down by 14. Friar fans are LOYAL! #pcbb

@SiptheCool_Aid: “The Dunk, where ranked teams come to die.” -Doug Gottlieb on ESPNU College Basketball Live. #pcbb

@PCDen: Lost my voice tonight. Worth every second. This is why I’m a Friar Fanatic #pcbb #icwt

@Jake_Finan21: Second best game I have been to, only one better was when @Marshon2 dropped 52 in a game before my eyes #beastmode #pcbb

@MattOliveira21: 1 thing I loved seeing about #PCBB this year:They grew up and became men.These players needed Ed Cooley.Council,Cotton,Batts took huge steps

@TMerc3: What a way to close out the season @ the #Dunk #Friars beat their biggest rival #UConn on senior night! This team never gives up! #pcbb

@FriarFrenzy: Great crowd. Great energy. Great student presence. Great win. Go Friars! #pcbb

The Providence Friars beat the Connecticut Huskies 72-70, closing out their season at the Dunk with a great comeback win over their biggest rival. Winning games in late February? IS THIS REAL LIFE? Thank you, Ed Cooley.

ESPN: Providence 72, UConn 70

Connecticut (17-12, 7-10 Big East) started the second half with an 11-1 run and eventually gained a 14-point lead.Cotton’s four 3-pointers led a Providence (15-15, 4-13) charge, giving the Friars a 63-55 advantage.The Huskies scored the next six points, but Friars freshman LaDontae Henton stopped their charge with two 3-pointers to create a 69-61 lead with 1 minute to go

Why the Friars Won: Despite getting repeatedly alley-ooped on by Andre Drummond in the first half and missing pretty much from everywhere, Providence kept it close on a late run over the last minute to take only a two point deficit into halftime. This was huge, because UConn came out swinging in the 2nd half to build that 14 point lead. In the 2nd half comeback, the Friars got hot shooting from Ice Cotton, the defense picked up some key steals, and the team showed toughness with great offensive rebounding. This was all done without the player having the best game (LaDontae Henton) out on the court, who had to sit big minutes with foul trouble. With the Huskies climbing back in the final few minutes, Buckets came off the bench and drilled two huge threes to give PC the cushion they would need.

"I can shoot a three like this, and it would go in. True story"

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The Providence Friars did what they are so good at doing over the years, beating UConn! Here is the post game press conference following the game. Bryce Cotton, Vincent Council, and LaDontae Henton joined Coach Cooley to talk about the win on the last home game of the season.

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In his Weekly Watch column today, Andy Katz picked Providence over UConn as his upset pick of the week.

Weekly Watch: Drama doesn’t have to wait for March Madness

Upset pick of the week

Providence over Connecticut, Tuesday: Traditionally, the Huskies haven’t played well at Providence. And the pressure will be immense on UConn to win this game after failing to score on a final possession against Syracuse. Providence has the offense to score against Connecticut from the perimeter. Of course, the question will be whether UConn has the focus to lock in and defend the Friars in what is a must-win game. Can the Huskies lose this game, beat Pitt on Saturday and make a mini-run in the Big East tournament to still earn a bid? Yes. But falling to PC would zap them of any momentum, save a return to the bench by Jim Calhoun if his surgery goes well Monday.

H/T @PhilRealMcCoy

Providence, just when I thought the season could not get any worse, you do something like this AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!!

It’s a great day to be a Friar fan.  What a phenomenal job by Keno Davis and his staff getting the team to come together after the South Florida debacle.  The team played intense, inspired basketball in front of an EXCELLENT crowd at the DUNK.  The excitement at the arena really came through on TV as I watched on SNY.

Read the full recap of Providence’s 81-66 upset win over #19 Connecticut last night after the jump!


More on the Four Factors

  • The Friars completely dominated UConn on the offensive glass, doubling them up 24-12.  Greedy Peterson (14 rebounds total, 6 offensive) and Bilal Dixon (12, 5) combined for as many total rebounds as the Huskies (24) and came one short offensively as well! Alex Oriakhi had a great 5 ORB, but no one else on the Huskies had more than 2.  When your point guard Kemba Walker leads the team in total rebounds (8), you know you are in trouble.  PC turned those boards into 21 second chance points.
  • Turnovers were plenty among both squads, but the Friars only ended up getting a 1 point lead from UConn’s 13 first half turnovers.  Points off TOs was an even 15-15.  It’s hard to imagine a team committing 19 overall turnovers when your PG Kemba Walker had ZERO, but UConn managed to pull it off.  Vincent Council tied Jerome Dyson with a game high of 5 TO, but they all seemed to come towards the beginning of the game.  VC took over the final 9 minutes, so all is forgiven.
  • It wasn’t the best shooting performance from the Friars — can you believe they didn’t hit a three (0-7) in the second half and still won by double digits?  PC didn’t need to hit any long range shots, scoring 28 out of the 45 second half points in the paint.  Out of those 28 points, I think about 14 came from rim-rocking dunks.  Sure helps when you have a PG who can cut through defenses and make perfect setups!
  • Neither team did particularly well at getting to the foul line, and a big percentage of the Friars trips came when Connecticut kept fouling Sharaud Curry at the end of the game.  He is not the one you want to send to the line, as he hit a perfect 10-10 from the stripe! That is why he is one of the top 10 foul shooters in the country.


Possessions: 76

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 106.8

UCONN: 86.8

  • This was UConn’s 2nd worst offensive efficiency rating of the season, behind their Duke loss (78.7).
  • Only St. John’s (79.7) and DePaul (84.9) had worse offensive ratings versus the Friars in BIG EAST play this year.
  • Providence has only won twice with a lower offensive rating, versus St. John’s (100) and Brown (104.5).

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

Jamine Peterson – I counted at least 3 plays that could have made SportsCenter’s Top plays.  The alley-oop towards the end of the game…did his knees almost hit the rim??? Yet another dominant double-double.

Vincent Council – You can’t say enough about this kid.   Stuffed the living sh*t out of the stat sheet with 8 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and continually beat his man off the dribble all night.

Bilal Dixon – 2nd double-double of the season, and first since his very first game as a Friar!

Sharaud Curry – Had an invisible first half, but scored 18 in the second on some nice shots and drives, plus a pristine 10-10 from the foul line.


Kemba Walker – Had an amazing game with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and zero turnovers.  Maybe he should have taken all the offensive duties in the last part of the 2nd half.

Stanley Robinson – Had a good shooting night, but only 4 rebounds from the team’s best rebounder? 

Jerome Dyson – Woeful shooting and turned over the ball 5 times. 

BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS! Boxscore Gametracker Boxscore


OFFICIAL SCHOOL Men’s Basketball Knocks Off No. 19/19 Connecticut 81-66

The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-8, 4-4 BIG EAST) knocked off No. 19/19 Connecticut (13-7, 3-4 BIG EAST) by the score of 81-66 before a raucous crowd of 11,136 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson led the way with a game-high 23 points along with 14 rebounds. Huskies Fall to Friars, 81-66 

Beating the top-ranked team in the country last week didn’t give Connecticut much momentum to build on.

One game after upsetting Texas to reclaim a spot in the rankings, the Huskies fell to Providence 81-66 on Wednesday night when Jamine Peterson had 23 points and 14 rebounds.

PROVIDENCE PERSPECTIVE Friars bounce back with flair, top UConn, 81-66

Four nights after publicly calling out his team’s talent and effort, Davis basked in the glow of his team’s best performance of the season. His Providence Friars shook off a few body shots from the 19th- ranked Connecticut Huskies Wednesday night and ran away from their Big East rivals, 81-66, before 11,136 fans at The Dunk. Friars Journal: Council forgets bad night, comes up big

“In this league you can’t have memories about the last game,” said Council, who continually beat UConn defenders off the dribble and finished with 8 points and 8 assists. “We had to go 100 percent hard, every play, every practice.”

Projo Hoops Blog: PC rebounds, upsets UConn 81-66

PC held off UConn runs midway through the first half and again near the 10 minute mark of the second and then pulled way late for the victory. Greedy Peterson was the best player on the floor with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Sharaud Curry added 18 points and Bilal Dixon added 11 points and 12 boards. 20 Games in, this is Vincent Council’s team

On a night with a lot of angles, Vincent Council was the story.  Greedy Peterson’s 23 and 14 were featured in ESPN’s postgame highlights, Bilal Dixon fought his heart out against a bigger frontcourt (11 points, 12 rebounds), and the team responded to Keno Davis’ challenge, but long time followers of Providence basketball have waited far too long for Council to overlook the impact he had on this one.

Truth About PC Basketball: We’ve got your number…

Seriously, I don’t know what the bigger total was, insane Greedy alley-oops or Jerome Dyson points. Here’s the thing, Jerome. Next time, when you respond to the student section, make sure you can back it up. Honestly, you would’ve been much better off if you just ignored us. Also, where was this Stanley Robinson kid I keep hearing about? Did he play?


Hartford Courant Blog: Providence 81, UConn 66

The season of inexplicably flat performances and iffy NCAA Tournament hopes?

Back on.

Momentum from Saturday’s victory over Texas?


The turnover-happy, defense-challenge, overall sloppy No.19 Huskies endured their worst loss of the season Wednesday, 81-66 to unranked Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Hartford Courant: Huskies Fall Apart At Providence

This second-half breakdown, air balls from UConn and uncontested Providence dunks among the various embarrassments, was built on failure in all the basic areas.

The Huskies couldn’t defend. They couldn’t score. They couldn’t rebound or take care of the ball.

Hartford Courant: For This One, They Needed The Tough Guy

For those UConn fans who wanted to RSVP Jim Calhoun’s retirement party, effective last Saturday at, oh, 6:30 p.m., we hold up this final score in rebuttal.

Providence 81, UConn 66.

Stamford Advocate: Providence thumps No. 19 UConn

“Just about everything that we hoped would not happen after the game on Saturday reared its head in the last nine minutes of the game,” acting head coach George Blaney said.

The Huskies fell to 0-4 in true road games and just 1-6 away from home in total. Peterson, Friars dunk UConn

“We just took our foot off the gas. We thought that we had the game won already,’’ said UConn forward Gavin Edwards, who scored 17 points. “Everybody was just resting on their laurels from the Texas game, and as a result, nobody really came out to play, and we got beat.’’

The Day: Huskies Worst Fears Realized

In a span of a few days, UConn went from standing on top of Mount Everest to tumbling into an icy abyss.

It was an alarming free fall, to say the least.

The Huskies were at a loss to explain suffering their worst loss of the season Wednesday – 81-66 to Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center – after playing their best game in upsetting then-No. 1 Texas last Saturday.

Republican American: When Dyson goes cold Huskies are in trouble

“I don’t know,” Dyson said when asked why he had such trouble. “I can’t say.”

It wasn’t coincidence that as Dyson cooled offensively, so did the Huskies. With Dyson involved, the Huskies opened a 10-point lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. With him uninvolved, the Huskies needed the next 30 minutes to score 44 points.

The UConn Blog: Providence-UConn postgame discussion: In which we accept our mediocrity

Defensively, that might have been the worst effort I’ve seen from a UConn defense in years. I lost count at the number of dunks and easy layups and un-blocked-out offensive rebounders. Packing five guys around the hoop and watching Providence make 20 3-pointers would’ve been a much less frustrating way to lose this.


ESPN: Andy Katz: Wednesday night observations

Something I didn’t think I would see: Providence ahead of Connecticut in the Big East standings. PC is 4-4, UConn is 3-4.

How about this quote from PC coach Keno Davis: “We can beat anybody in the country. We have enough talent, but we have to play extremely hard.’’ I’m not sure I’m buying that proclamation, but it’s good to know Davis has that much confidence in his crew.

New York Times Blog: UConn Returns to Its Struggling Ways

There was something missing here Wednesday night. The stomping on the floor. The spittle flying from the lips. The diatribes that seem like just one run-on sentence.

The No. 19 Connecticut Huskies missed Coach Jim Calhoun, being blown off the floor in the final nine minutes and falling, 81-66, to Providence. The Huskies, fresh off their victory over Texas, which was No. 1, looked as if they could have used a verbal beating all night.

The Sports Network: Recap: Providence vs. Connecticut

With the Huskies leading by three past the midway point of the second half, Providence took control with a 14-0 run. Connecticut didn’t score for more than five minutes as the Friars deposited shot after shot.

Boring-ass AP Writeup: Providence uses second-half flurry to beat No. 19 Connecticut 81-66

Jamine Peterson had 23 points to go with 14 rebounds, scoring eight of Providence’s 14 straight points as the Friars took the lead and ran away from No. 19 Connecticut to win 81-66 on Wednesday night.


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kylerossi Congrats to the Friars on a huge W over UConn. And congrats to me for totally owning the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday.

PhillyFriar Gut check win for #Friars tonight. Solid work on the glass, D was improved — good signs going forward.

FriarBasketball Nothing better than walking past 4 buses of down on their luck Husky fans.  Mad sweatshirt & jersey wearers were very quiet.

brendamclema doesn’t believe this is the same team and the reason why I love the Friars!

PCDen I truly love beating UConn especially when it happens so often and so vast a margin!

PeteThamelNYT PC Coach Keno Davis regrets ripping his team: “I shouldn’t have been as brutally honest with the media.”

BrendanPrunty People keep laughing when I say Keno Davis is one of the top coaches in the Big East. I will now point to 2nite UConn win as another example

SteveHartnett92 Friartown took it to Uconn once again 81-66. That is now 4 out of the last five? Maybe PC’s nickname should be the Dog Whisperers…lol

squirrelpoacher @friarblog VC stuffing stat line: 8pt, 7reb, 8ast,4stl (5to though)

gregjbutler @friarblog Is this a camp? Cause you just got council’d

PeaSchoir what’s more impressive, Council’s 8-8-8, Greedy’s 23-14, Curry’s 10-10 frm the line, Dixon w/ 1 foul lft 2 give? @friarblog @friarbasketball

Friartown Alright, now that’s a birthday present.  81-66 PC.


MCMSwets Great win for the Friars tonight 81-66 over No. 19 UConn!!!

ocktalks1 Friars by 15 over the Huskies! When’s the dance begin?

lauraewhitney HELL YEAH #FRIARS!!  Excellent win against UCONN!

VarahSasko LET’S GO FRIARS!!!! God I love PC!

kaymilll Still thrilled after the basketball game tonight. Loving the PC friars more than ever right now!

raphiellej Now that’s a quality court-storming. 81-66 #Friars at the Dunk. You talk about falling apart though. #UConn gets 2nite’s Chinua Achebe Award

Fan Video of the Court Storm

dave@friarblog —  January 28th, 2010 3:16 AM

Saw this video posted by Ryan of the RI Sports Coverage Blog, who was at the UConn game and captured the fans storming the court.

Say what you will about storming the court after beating the #19 team, I say eff it.  We’ve had a rough year and deserve it.  Storm away students.