Friars Drop Regular Season Finale at Nova 76-74

Down 14 at half time, with the Big East regular season title wrapped up and no Al Durham, the Friars could’ve easily packed it in. Instead they had a furious second half comeback that came up just short against Villanova. Despite the loss, the Friars once again showed they’re a gritty team that shows great resolve. Even though the Wildcats swept the Friars on the season, both games were close and if the ball bounces a different way perhaps the Friars win both of them. The Friars can hold their heads high as they prepare for the Big East Tournament next Thursday. Let’s take a look how it all went down.

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Goal Accomplished: Friars Capture 1st Big East Regular Season Championship

In the beginning of the season, The Crier said he didn’t have any expectations coming into the season. I don’t think many people could have expected the season the Friars have had but Saturday was a moment years in the making. This was Ed Cooley’s vision when he took the podium to be introduced as the Friars head coach in 2011. To see where Cooley has taken the program he inherited to the one that was just coronated Big East champs is truly remarkable. The Friars did us all a favor by not making this a nail bitter, defeating the Creighton Blue Jays 72-51. Let’s take a look at how they clinched.

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Friars Look For History As They Host Creighton on Senior Night

In the words of Ed Cooley, “the stage is set”. It’s senior night for a veteran group with a chance to make history in Friartown. After a gutty, thrilling 3OT victory over Xavier Wednesday night (recap here at https://theprovidencecrier.com/2022/02/24/an-instant-classic-providence-bynum-beat-xavier-99-92-in-triple-ot/#more-4600), the Friars are in uncharted waters. If the Friars end up victorious Saturday night against Creighton, they will be able to win the program’s first ever Big East regular season championship.

When you think about where this program was when Ed Cooley took over, and where they are now, on the verge of program history, it’s truly remarkable. Ed Cooley deserves this. The players who have grinded, connected, and grown together all year long deserve this. The PC community that has made the Dunk a mad house deserves this.

We all know, though, that a Big East regular season championship isn’t deserved, it’s earned. The Friars will certainly have to earn it as Creighton comes in as winners of six straight. So let’s look at the keys to bringing a Big East title home to Friartown!

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Top-10 Showdown: #8 Friars host #10 Villanova- Game Preview

I want to start this preview with Ed Cooley’s introductory press conference 11 years ago. You can watch the entire thing but wanted to focus on the 4:13 mark. Cooley exclaiming that it is our program with the big line “once we realize that we will absolutely light this place on fire. If you’re late, don’t come in”.

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Friars Execute Down the Stretch (Again)- Sweep St. John’s with 86-82 Victory

Tell me if you’ve heard this before: the Providence Friars built a solid lead and executed down the stretch to hold onto said lead. That seems to be the secret recipe this season as the Friars once again won a game decided within 5 points. The Providence Friars are 8-0 in such games. The Crier was worried about this one. St John’s, now 11-9 (3-6), came in desperately needing a win and Providence was coming off an emotional rollercoaster last week. The betting line stunk to high heaven, and a let down seemed inevitable. Welp what the Crier didn’t realize was this team is built different. They stay calm, cool and collected in crunch time and just know how to win. With the win the Friars are now 19-2 (9-1), their best start since the 72-73 Final Four team. Let’s take a look how they got it done.

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Friars Return to the Dunk Looking for Revenge Vs #22 Marquette

When Providence first met the Shaka Smart led Golden Eagles, Marquette was 8-6 and amidst a 3-game losing streak. Since then, they’ve been arguably the hottest team in college basketball with 7-straight wins including a 32 point beat down of PC in Milwaukee. The blizzard may have pushed it off a day, but they make their return trip to the Dunk, with the Friars are looking for vengeance. The streak started with the Friars, let’s end it with the Friars!

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Cooley Passes Gavitt – Friars Beat Butler 69-62

The Friars have returned from COVID pause and had themselves a 2-0 week. PC fended off a pesky Bulldog team 69-62 at the Dunkin Donuts Center. PC is now 12-0 at the friendly confines of the Dunk. With the win the Friars are now 16-2 and 6-1 in Big East play. Let’s look at how it went down.

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Cooley Gets #300, Friars Cruise Late in 2nd Half 83-73

The biggest question with the Providence Friars was how they’d respond after a 32-point blowout loss. It may have taken a little bit of time but the Friars certainly answered the bell defeating St. John’s 83-73 at The Dunk on Saturday. With the win it gave coach Cooley his 300th win as a head coach.

Outside of the win giving Ed # 300 it also was a big win for the Friars. PC is now 14-2 on the year and 4-1 in the Big East with playing three of 5 games on the road. Let’s see how it went down.

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Providence Snap 8-Game Win Streak in Blowout Loss at Marquette

It was a night to forget for Friar fans, as Providence (13-2, 3-1) dropped their first Big East contest in a 56-88 loss to Marquette. Going into the game the Crier expected to see a desperate Marquette team but certainly didn’t expect the Friars to get run out of the gym. So let’s take a look at how it went down.

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Friars Win 7th Straight with Dispatching of #15 Seton Hall

Going into the game there were a lot of uncertainties. Both teams coming off a lengthy COVID pause, Hall being down to 8 players, and the Friars playing basically a 7 man rotation. In the end it was the Friars cruising to a 70-65 victory despite a resilient Pirate team not going away. For the Friars, (12-1, 2-0) it was their fifth Quad 1 victory and their 7th straight victory overall. Some called it a street fight, let’s see how it went down.

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