Performing A Deep Dive Analysis on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Providence, the 4 seed in the Midwest region, is taking on the 13 seed Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits finished the year 30-4 and 18-0 in the Summit Conference and are known best for their deep ball shooting ability. As one loyal follower of the Jackrabbits said, “They are essentially the Villanova of the Summit League in how they play offensively”.

Below, we give a breakdown of what you need to know about the Jackrabbits ahead of Thursday’s afternoon match-up.

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The Bottom Fell Out: Providence Gets Walloped by Creighton 85-58

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Providence played terribly while Creighton played magnificent. Heading into this game, most Friar fans felt very confident (including yours truly) that they’d win this game in a rather comfortable fashion. Instead, a combination of poor shooting and subpar defense, on top of an excellent performance from Creighton, led to the Friars being run out of the gym.

We break down what went wrong and what Providence needs to adjust heading into the NCAA Tournament.

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Providence – Creighton Semifinal Preview

Providence, fresh off a nail-biter against Butler, is playing the Creighton Bluejays in the first of two semifinal games at Madison Square Garden. Providence, at the time of this writing, is only favored by 3 points. Given how the Friars have performed all season, I expect another game that will be decided in the final seconds.

We preview the game below and how the Friars can emerge victorious in this game.

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Survive & Advance: Providence Beats Butler in the Big East Quarterfinals 65-61

It is March. In this month, it is all about winning. Optics and beauty points no longer matter, and I think that suits Providence just fine. PC was able to hold off the Butler Bulldogs and are now playing this evening against the Creighton Bluejays.

We break down some interesting talking points about how the Friars were able to avoid an upset and why this game was so close.

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Providence – Butler: Round 3 – Big East Tournament Preview

Butler opened up the 2022 Big East Tournament by upsetting Xavier in overtime 89-82. With this win, Butler likely eliminates Xavier from the NCAA Tournament. Providence has defeated Butler twice this season (69-62 and 71-70), and I anticipate the third will be another good one in The Big Apple.

We break down the keys to victory in Madison Square Garden below:

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Big East Tournament – The Providence Crier Preview Article

All, it is finally March. You know what that means. Big East Tournament time. From 12pm Thursday through the first weekend of March Madness is honestly one of my favorite times as a sports fan. With Providence having a historic season, it is going to be that much better.

Below, we break down the Big East Tournament, give a rundown of the weekend activities, and provide predictions

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Providence, Seeking Revenge, Matches Up Against Villanova on Road – Game Preview

#9 Providence, fresh off the win against Creighton to capture the regular season Big East title, is traveling down to Philadelphia to match up against #11 Villanova. Villanova in their first match-up at The Dunk defeated Providence 89-84 behind stellar play and sharpshooting from Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore.

We break down some key storylines heading into the game and what Providence needs to do to split the season series with the Wildcats.

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An Instant Classic – Providence, Bynum Beat Xavier 99-92 in Triple OT

This game had everything and anything. Triple overtime? Check. Stoppage due to…roof leakage? Check. Al Durham pulling a Willis Reed several times? Check. End of game foul snafus? Check. Bynum playing the single greatest game as a Friar since Bryce Cotton in the NCAA Tournament? Absolute Check.

Jared Bynum put this team on his back and willed the Providence Friars to a win over the Xavier Musketeers. With the win, Providence has the ability to clinch the Big East Regular Season title for the first time EVER on Saturday with a home game against Creighton (who will be missing one of their best players in Andrew Nembhard).

We detail everything that happened in this game and what it means moving forward.

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#11 Providence Looks to Sweep Xavier – Game Preview

Providence is heading into a massive week as they near the conclusion of regular season Big East Play. The Friars match up against the Musketeers at The Dunk after escaping from Hinkle Fieldhouse with an overtime victory against Butler. With 3 games remaining on the Big East slate for the Providence Friars, Providence is looking to stay atop the Big East with a win against Xavier.

Here are some key themes heading into the game and what the Friars need to accomplish to secure the season sweep of Xavier.

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Big Picture Takeaway After Providence Escapes with a Win Against Butler 71-70

A win is a win. That is without question, especially this time of year. Rather than break down the game itself, The Crier and I are going to pivot and provide some high level thoughts on this Friar squad as they make the homestretch towards the Big East Tournament and NCAA’s. After watching every game of the Friars this season, we have a good feel for what the Friars do well and where they need to improve if they want to be a second weekend NCAA team.

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