Friars Spoil Justin Moore’s Return, Get Key Road Win at Villanova

The Crier is fully aware that the Villanova Wildcats were 10-10 entering today. However, this was always going to be a tough win to get. The Wildcats were fighting for their tournament lives to try and get a win today and got a huge emotional boost with the return of Justin Moore. No matter. These aren’t the same Friars that Villanova has tormented in the past.

The Friars played a team game today and didn’t let the Wildcats’ waves of momentum break them. PC feasted on points in the paint, and the deep shots started to fall when they needed them most. It was truly a gutty performance to get the win and with it the Friars enter a 3-way tie for first place in the league.

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Providence Looks to Start a New Trend Against the Kyle Neptune-Led Wildcats – Providence Villanova Preview

For the last several years, the Villanova Wildcats have been the class of the Big East (and of college basketball, if we are being honest). Jay Wright ran a Top 5 program, and Providence often succumbed to the juggernaut that was the Wildcats. Whether it be in conference games or at the Big East Tournament, Villanova has always been the team that found a way to defeat the Friars and stunt their progress. Even last year, with Providence winning the Big East, Villanova went 2-0 against PC. It’s a hurdle that PC has continually struggled to get over.

With Wright no longer at the helm and Providence surging once again this year, Sunday’s game is absolutely a statement game. Not because Villanova is at the top of the Big East, however. It is a game where Providence needs to exorcise the demons and show that this is a new era of PC basketball with a dominant win against the Wildcats. PC needs to show that wilting to a Villanova team is a thing of the past and that they are now the class of the Big East.

We break down the Wildcat team and what Providence needs to do to emerge victorious on Sunday.

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After Slow Start, Friars Dominate Bulldogs & Get Season Sweep

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s officially sweep season in the Big East. At the end of the day, a race for the Big East crown is all about getting splits and a few sweeps along the way. Well the Friars are now two-for-two in their chances to sweep a conference foe with a 79-58 victory over Butler Wednesday night. They started off slow. It may have been the fact that UConn’s failed comeback attempt extended into the Friars tip-off slot for FS1. Providence found its groove halfway through the first half and never looked back. We recap the game, speaking to the incredible bench production and return of Jared Bynum.

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Friars Looking for Bulldog Season Sweep – Providence Vs. Butler Preview

There are few “gimmes” in the Big East. This may constitute as one, as Providence hosts the 11-10 Butler Bulldogs. Butler is 3-7 in conference and coming off a shellacking from both Creighton and Connecticut. In their first match-up, Providence beat Butler by 20 and held them to 52 points. Below, we’ll discuss what Providence needs to do to capture another Big East conference victory, as they look to stay on pace with Marquette and Xavier at the top of the Big East.

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Crier Recruiting Corner- Junjie “Barry” Wang

The Friars had a recruit visit this past weekend when PC took the floor Saturday against DePaul. Junjie “Barry” Wang is a 6-8 forward from China. He attended the Friars 75-64 victory over DePaul. Barry currently plays for the NBA Global Academy in Australia. Wang also has international experience competing for the Chinese U15 national team, averaging 18.7 ppg. Let’s take a look at the tape.

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UnLOCKEd – Noah Locke Carries the Friars to Home Win, Defeating DePaul 75 – 64

It wasn’t always pretty, but Big East games rarely are. With the offense struggling to find a rhythm, Noah Locke carried the Friars with a career high 29 points on 11-17 from the floor and 7-12 from deep. Providence needed every ounce of it, as DePaul came in hungry for their second upset bid of the week. The Friars did just enough to hold off DePaul to get to 15-5 overall and 7-2 in the Big East.

Below we break down how the Friars came about getting the home victory.

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Providence Looks to Get Back on Track at Home – PC Versus DePaul Preview

Providence, coming off a brutal 2 game road trip, is looking to get back in the winning column after two straight losses. In comes DePaul, a suddenly hot team after knocking off the Big East leader Xavier at home. Providence had its way with DePaul on 1/1 when they beat them 74-59 in Chicago. While the Friars should be heavily favored in this (early lines showing -13…wow), one cannot overlook any Big East teams, especially when the Friars are a bit dinged up.

Below, we preview the game and what Providence needs to do to continue to be within arm’s reach of the top of the Big East leaderboard.

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Friars Lose Second Straight, Falling to Marquette 83-75

It was a tough night for road teams in the Big East. The Friars were looking to get a split on their two game road trip and a season sweep of Marquette, but it wasn’t to be. Providence once again showed great fight to claw back into a game on the road but similar to the Creighton game it was just too little, too late.

Below, we break down what led to the loss for the Friars.

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Crier Recruiting Corner – Introducing 2024 Guard Kur Teng

Providence has already struck gold in the 2024 Class with the early commitment of 4 Star Top 100 Guard/Wing Kayvauhn Mulready. This sent a message to the recruiting world and specifically in New England that Providence is big game hunting in the 2024 class. With Mulready in the fold, Providence is looking to build an elite backcourt recruiting class with a true three level scoring guard to pair with Mulready.

Enter Kur Teng.

Teng has been a name recruitniks should be familiar with. He’s been the apple of the Providence staff’s eye for several years now. Teng is a high level scoring guard that is extremely familiar with the Providence Friars. Kur Teng plays with the Mass Rivals AAU program, which has been a pipeline for Providence in the form of A.J Reeves and David Duke Jr., to name a few.

Below, we break down the recruitment of Kur Teng, who the main competition is, what his game is all about, and how he would fit within the Providence Friar program.

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A Rematch on Enemy Grounds: #20 Marquette Looks to Settle the Score Against #22 Providence

Providence, coming off a tough road loss to Creighton, is back on the road Wednesday as they play 14-5 and #20 Marquette. Tough sledding for the Friars, eh? Marquette is coming off a loss as well to Xavier, so both programs are looking to avoid starting a losing streak. The game tips at 9PM EST .

If Providence can somehow get a win here and split the road trip at 1-1, they will have gotten through arguably the toughest part of their schedule at 3-1 (home UConn, home St. Johns, road Creighton, road Marquette). With both Providence and Marquette standing at 2 and 3, respectively, in the Big East, this is a massive match-up for both programs. Marquette is looking to even the record with Providence after the classic 103-98 double overtime game at the AMP. Providence, with a win, stays on pace with #8 Xavier to try and repeat as Big East Champions.

We’ll discuss below what the Friars will look to do heading into this game to secure a road victory over the Golden Eagles.

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