Friars Return to the AMP to Face Manhattan

After playing the last two games on the road, the Friars return to the Amica Mutual Pavilion tonight, as they face the Manhattan Jaspers. Manhattan parted ways with head coach Steve Masiello two weeks prior to the season, which was a very curious move. That led to star guard and preseason MAAC player of the year, Jose Perez, to transfer to West Virginia.

Under interim coach RaShawn Sores the Jaspers are off to a 3-4 start. They’re a guard heavy team with senior guard Ant Nelson leading the way with 14.6 ppg.

For the Friars the mission is quite simple: finish off the non-conference slate with two wins. Let’s see what to look for in this one.

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Rivalry Renewed: PC visit URI

To say that this year’s Battle of the Ocean State has lost some sizzle would be an understatement. URI is off to a 2-5 start under new head coach Archie Miller in what appears to be a rebuild for the Rams. PC, on the other hand, is off to a 5-3 start without any noteworthy wins on the resume. It also didn’t help the build up that the Friars had a big game at TCU this week and fell flat on their face to the tune of a 75-62 loss.

The game may lack the hype of usual rivalry games, but this is Providence’s first trip to Kingston since 2019. PC nixed the 2021 game in Kingston due to the lack of games with the pandemic, and URI fans sadly claimed the Friars were ducking them. So while on paper the game lacks sizzle it’s a game that both teams really want to win.

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Offensive Drought Dooms Providence in Loss to TCU

The Providence Friar’s trip to Fort Worth certainly didn’t go like their last, as the Friars lost to TCU 75-62 at Schollmaier Arena. Providence couldn’t overcome slow starts to both halves and dropped to 5-3 on the season. PC had over a ten minute span where they didn’t hit a field goal between the end of the first and into the second half. Here’s our thoughts from the game.

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Do the Friars Get Right? Defeat Merrimack 71-57

The Friars returned from their trip to Mohegan Sun and defeated the Merrimack Warriors 71-57 at the AMP Wednesday night. It was Ed Croswell, who led the Friars with 17 points, but PC showed their balanced attack with three others in double figures. While some (like the Crier) expected a larger margin of victory after this past weekend’s trip to Mohegan Sun, the Friars should be happy with the end result.

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Friars Leave Mohegan Sun Winless After Loss to St. Louis

At a casino there are big winners, and there are big losers. The same could be said about the Hall of Fame Tip-Off this weekend at Mohegan Sun. The Friars dropped a heartbreaker against St. Louis to come up empty handed this weekend. PC took and held a lead with 2:10 left in the first half all the way until the final 26 seconds of the game but couldn’t stave off the Billikens comeback effort.

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Previewing the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Field

The Hall of Fame Tip Off gets underway this weekend at Mohegan Sun. It is truly one of my favorite MTEs to attend but you can hear about the Crier’s experiences on the podcast. This year’s field is shaking up to provide potentially one of the best events of Feast Week, with all four programs entering with unblemished records. Let’s take a look at the Friars opposition to take the tournament title.

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Friars Cruise to Victory in Final Tuneup Before MTE

The Providence Friars moved to 3-0 on the season after a 100-76 victory over Stonehill early Tuesday night at the AMP. The Friars had a well balanced offensive attack with 6 players scoring in double figures. Let’s get into it.

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Look Around The Big East with Gavitt Games Preview

The Friars will have their final tune up against Stonehill Tuesday before heading to Uncassville, CT for the Hall of Fame Tip Off tournament at Mohegan Sun. One out of conference event they won’t be participating in this year is the Gavitt Games. The Gavitt Games are the annual 8-game series between Big East and Big Ten schools, which started in 2015. Initially, it was an 8 year plan for the games with them set to expire after this season. However, with Covid canceling 2020’s games, next year will be the last year they are played, unless the conferences come together on a new deal.

With the Friars sitting this one out it’s a good time to check out how fellow Big East teams are faring. So without further ado here is the Gavitt Games preview.

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Friars Look to Build Off Opener as They Host Northeastern

Now that banner night has come and gone, the Friars play host to Northeastern Saturday night at the AMP. The Friars were able to dig themselves out of a hole before almost blowing a late lead against Rider. The Friars showed flashes of their potential this season, but now they look to string together a more complete game with Northeastern coming to town.

The Huskies lost their opener to Walter Whyte and the BU Terriers. Northeastern projects to be a top half team in the CAA, but are a step below the Towson and Delaware.

For the Friars, this is an opportunity for them to get more cohesion as a unit against a foe that is less challenging than their opening opponent.

We break down the keys to a victory and what to watch for below:

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