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The Providence Friars lost in heartbreaking fashion today to West Virginia, falling 87-84 in overtime. Daryl “Truck” Bryant hit the winning three with 4 seconds left, and Vincent Council’s three point attempt to tie fell short at the buzzer.

The Friars had as much as a 15 point lead in the first half, and could have won the game in regulation if not for poor foul shooting down the stretch. Gerard Coleman (who had a career game scoring 30 points) missed 2, and Bilal Dixon and Vincent Council each missed 1 over the final three minutes.

Here is West Virginia coach Bob Huggins and Ed Cooley doing their post game press conference.

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On Super Bowl Sunday, the Providence Friars will take on the traitor West Virginia Mountaineers. There has been a lot of craziness so far this weekend in talking about what could be for next year’s incoming class. Before we over-indulge on wings, beer, commercials, and chips, the focus will turn to the current Friars and their chance to build off the victory this past Wednesday against Rutgers. In the locker room that night, I like to think that Ed Cooley used the ‘ol Lou Brown phrase, “You guys won tonight. If you win again the next game, that’s called a winning streak. IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE!!”.

The Mounteers are coming in with a three game losing streak, but they haven’t played in almost a week. Bob Huggins should have this team extremely hungry and focused on a getting a much needed win against a team they have beaten handily over the last several years.

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 12:00PM EST

Opponent: West Virginia (15-8, 5-5)

Location: The Dunk

Spread: West Virginia -4.5

ESPN Accuscore: WVU 73.8, PC 72.2 (Providence wins in 50.7% of over 10,000 sims)

CBSSports Daily Picks: WVU 73, PC 71

WHAT TO: VOTE FOR

Four Factors

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Ryan Boatright Picks Hugs Over Keno

dave@friarblog —  October 18th, 2010 9:46 PM

Well, the first Decision is over.  At a press conference at his high school this evening, highly touted PG prospect Ryan Boatright has chosen to play for West Virginia next year.  After a great weekend at Late Night Madness this past Friday during his official visit, the young PG from Aurora, IL decided to go after the W’s.

BREAKING NEWS: Boatright chooses West Virginia 

“He’s just a coach I’d like to play for,” Boatright said of Huggins, whose team won the conference title last year and advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

“He wins. He knows how to win and he put a lot of pros in (the NBA). As soon as I went down there (two weekends ago) I liked the atmosphere, but what really sold me was coach Hugs.”

Even though Keno and staff didn’t land the #36 ranked overall (according to ESPN) player, they did a hell of a job getting down to the final 2 choices.  Time to move on and go after the next option.

Another ranked team comes to town.  What else is new?  Hey, if RUTGERS can beat Georgetown (really Georgetown, REALLY?) that means anything is possible in Friartown.  PC has not played West Virginia well over the past few years (I remember getting absolutely rained on by threes in the BIG EAST Tournament a few years ago), but this one is at home.  Speaking of Rutgers again, the Scarlet Knights beat DePaul last night, creating a 3 way tie for first place among the bottom four (hey, gotta look towards something).  We may be amongst the “bottom feeders” this year, but we might as well try to rule it, eh?  It all starts with a chance at a nice upset tonight.

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WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 7:00PM

Opponent: West Virginia Mountaineers (19-5, 8-4)

Location: The DUNK

Spread: West Virginia – 6

ESPN AccuScore Prediction: WVU 78, PC 74 (WVU wins in 59.8% of 10,000 sims)

CBS Prediction: WVU 84, PC 74

Pomeroy Prediction: West Virginia 84, PC 74 (80% confidence)

WHAT TO: LOOK FOR

  • West Virginia has an incredibly efficient offense, coming with an adjusted offensive rating of 119.7 (#3 in the nation).  They play a lot slower than the Friars  – about 10 possessions less per game.  WVU’s loss against Nova was their only non-OT game in BIG EAST play to go over 70 possessions (72).
  • Aside from defense, the Mountaineers have very similar numbers to Providence.  They excel in offensive rebounding, don’t turn over the ball much, but have more success from behind the arc (while shooting slightly worse than the Friars in 2 point shots).
  • Free throw shooting has burned WVU in their last two games.  In the loss against Nova they were a disastrous 18-32 from the line, and in the 3OT loss against Pitt they missed many key ones late.  With the way the whistles have been blowing lately, this could be a big factor.
  • My pick for random player to have a career night: Senior Wellington Smith.  He only averages 6 points a game, but is 27-59 (45.8%) from behind the arc.

WHAT TO: READ

StatSheet.com Pregame

Friars.com Gamenotes [PDF]

The Friars return to action on Wednesday, February 17 versus No. 8/8 West Virginia at 7:00 p.m. in Providence. The Friars have posted an 11-14 mark all-time versus the Mountaineers.  The Friars are 7-3 at home, 1-8 on the road and 3-3 on neutral courts all-time against West Virginia.  The two teams first met on March 8, 1965 with the Friars earning a 91-67 win at the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa.  Last season, the Friars were defeated at Morgantown, 86-59, on February 7 in the only meeting between the two teams. The Mountaineers have won the last five games between the two teams.  PC’s last win over West Virginia was a 64-61 victory on February 20, 2007 in Providence.

MSNsportsNet: WVU Looks to Rebound

Huggins gave the team two days off to get them refreshed for the remaining three weeks of the regular season that starts in earnest with Wednesday night’s game at Providence.

Projo.com: Can Friars join the upset party?

Asked if he feels his team is ready for a break-through upset win like so many other Big East squads, Davis says they are. Things need to break right for the Friars, however.

Projo.com: Capsule preview: West Virginia at PC

The Mountaineers are coming off two straight losses for the first time all season. They were beaten at home by Villanova and then let a road win at Pittsburgh slip away in regulation before losing in triple o.t., 98-95

CBS Sports: Providence vs. West Virginia

After a pair of tough games last week, West Virginia figures to have a much easier time against its next two Big East opponents. Providence’s schedule, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to be letting up.

Charleston Gazette: WVU Visits Struggling Friars

“They’re leading the league in offensive rebounding, so I think that’s a big part of it,” Huggins said of Providence’s penchant for scoring a lot of points. “And they shoot a lot of 3s. Your percentage doesn’t have to be as high when you shoot as many 3s as they do. And they’re a very good transition team.”

TimesWV: WVU visits Providence tonight

For the first time this year he is coaching a team that has lost consecutive games, having lost to Villanova and Pitt as it readies itself to go on the road to play a desperate Providence team that has five straight losses.

They do this at a moment when the Big East is trending toward upsets, with Louisville having knocked off Syracuse on Saturday and Connecticut having upset Villanova on Monday night, to say nothing of a week-old upset of Rutgers over Georgetown.

The Intelligencer: West Virginia Faces Slumping Providence

Perhaps it was little more than a slip of his mind, but Providence coach Keeno Davis may have picked a bad time to forget who his team was playing next when he was talking to reporters earlier this week about the strength of the Big East this season.

”I don’t see there’s any reason why the teams in the Big East can’t have similar success in the postseason (as last season), not just because of the depth of the conference, but because of how good Villanova is, how good Syracuse is, how good Georgetown is,” Davis said.

Three Big East teams are among the top 8 in the country. Georgetown isn’t one of them. West Virginia is.

Metro News: Mountaineers Begin Important Week

“Belated Christmas for Pitt,” Huggins said on his weekly radio show.  “We just gift wrapped it and gave it to them.  It was difficult to watch.  I know it was difficult for you all to watch and it wasn’t a whole lot better from where I was standing.”

“We just had so many breakdowns.  It’s hard to imagine that you could have as many breakdowns as we did in that short of a period of time.”

The Smoking Musket: The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (2/17/10) Providence Gameday Edition

It’s the beginning of Lent today and all around the world, people are giving things up for the next 40 days.  Huggs and the boys need to give up this losing thing that’s been happening the last two games.  They get their chance tonight against Providence.

WHAT TO: WATCH

WVU vs. Pitt in the 3 OT Thriller

The last 6 minutes of regulation

OT 1

OT 2

OT 3

WHERE TO: WATCH

The game will be carried on TV by COX locally, and on the BIG EAST Network (ESPN Full Court, SNY for NY/NJ).

WHERE TO: FOLLOW

Friars.com Gametracker

As always, I’ll be on Twitter @friarblog with in-game updates.

I have mixed feelings about West Virginia.  On one hand, they are the only team gracious enough to let Providence win a game in the BIG EAST tournament since I have been a fan over the last 10 years.  However, it’s West Virginia.  It’s easy to hate them even more, because PC can NEVER seem to win when they travel to Morgantown, WV.  Sure the Mountaineers have had some really great offensive teams over the past several years, and its always hard to win on the road in the BIG EAST — But those are not the real reasons.  I have finally uncovered why Providence has such trouble playing there (they are 1-7 lifetime there, last winning in ‘99).

A few years ago, a few friends of mine who are big Rutgers fans went down to Morgantown to watch a big RU-WVU football game.  Leading up until the game, the big joke was the “hotel” they were planning on staying at.  This early 2000 designed website for the hotel was pure comedy gold.

Friend’s INN [friendsinn.com]

Just WOW.  Crappy animated graphics?  Check.  Numerous spelling errors?  Check.

“Wel come”

Um, tha nk you?

“The Best Value in Loadging…..At the Best Location in Morgantown”

What the fuck is loadging?  Sleeping in the bathtub for fear of even going near the bed sheets?

And boy is this chock full of unnecessary quotation marks (check out that blog, it’s great).

Also we do have several “Economy Suites” with a sofa couch

First of all, Sofa couch?  So what’s with the quotes around Economy Suites?  Are they not really economy? Are you being sarcastic towards your own rooms?

Well, at least it says the staff is friendly — And according to my friend who stayed there, “Even the roaches are friendly!”.

Obviously, this has little to do with how the Friars play here (unless they actually did stay there).  In order to understand their poor play, you just have to check out the “Attractions in Town” section on the website.   “Attractions” should definitely have quotation marks there, because here is a small sampling.

  • West Virginia University Hospitals (this is listed first by the way)
  • All kinds of WVU campus shit
  • Glass Factory Tours
  • Bertek Pharmaceuticals
  • Mon General Hospital
  • Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center

Can you really blame the Friars for being distracted when they come down there?  It’s like fucking Vegas or New Orleans!

Tim Welsh: “Has anyone seen Weyinmi?”

Geoff McDermott: “Sorry coach, he was doing a tour of the glass factory, and cut his hand after falling into some shards of broken glass.  Good thing there are plenty of hospitals around!  Maybe Xavier can pick him up, since he was doing a tour of the hospital.”

Jonathan Kale: “Well I found out today that Bertek Pharmaceuticals is working a treatment to heal glass wounds.”

It’s no wonder PC hasn’t won a game there in 10 years.

GAMBLING AND PREDICTIONS

Spread: WV -10.5 [vegasinsider.com]

Ken Pomeroy: WV Win, 81-66 (91% confidence)

AROUND THE WEB

StatSheet.com

Friars.com Gametracker

Friars.com Gamenotes [pdf]

The Friars have posted an 11-13 mark all-time versus the Mountaineers. The Friars are 7-3 at home, 1-7 on the road and 3-3 on neutral courts all-time against West Virginia. The two teams first met on March 8, 1965 with the Friars earning a 91-67 win at the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa. Last season, the Friars posted a 0-3 mark versus the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers have won the last four games between the two teams. PC’s last win over West Virginia was a 64-61 victory on February 20, 2007 in Providence. PC’s only win at West Virginia was a 77-68 victory on February 3, 1999.

Projo Hoops Blog: Kevin McNamara Audio Preview

Projo.com: For PC, staying fresh is a challenge during season’s dog days

This may be the most important time of the season for Efejuku, the Friars and the rest of the college basketball teams still clinging to hopes of playing in March’s NCAA Tournament but it is also the dog days of the schedule, too. This is the time of year when bumps, bruises, twists and sprains become vital. Miss a key game and your team could lose a close one. Fight through the pain and you may just help win a critical game.

Projo.com: Capsule preview: PC at West Virginia

MSNsportsNET: Providence Preview

Two teams searching for league victories will hook up Saturday when West Virginia plays host to Providence in a 4 pm Big East matchup at the WVU Coliseum.

TimesWV.com: “WVU men hope to rebound”

The West Virginia University men’s basketball team hopes to avert a third straight loss in Saturday afternoon’s Big East game against Providence at the Coliseum.

The Mountaineers haven’t dropped three in a row since Bob Huggins took over the reins in 2007-08, and that’s one of numerous things in which they take considerable pride. He probably does, too.

WVMetroNews: Experience Comes to Motown

The Providence Friars (14-8, 6-4 Big East) come to Morgantown after losing consecutive games and having allowed ninety-plus points to their last four opponents.  While the Mountaineers (15-7, 4-5 Big East) beat the Friars three times last year, this year’s Providence team is much improved comes in sixth in the Big East Standings.

Spygate II: A Secret Tape of WVU Practice

dave@friarblog —  February 6th, 2009 6:05 PM

Good news Friar fans.  We just found some secret tape of WVU praticing today.  It should provide Keno Davis and the Friars a really big advantage tomorrow afternoon, as some of their best secret plays are revealed.