Technically, conference play has already started. St John’s held serve at Carneseca against DePaul a week ago. However, the Friars and the rest of the league gets their first crack this weekend.
Some are saying that it is a tough start for the league this non-conference, and it’s hard to argue. There have been plenty of upsets so far this season but that’s being seen across all major conferences. We think the Big East has potential to have another good season.
So we figured we’d check in with all the other teams to see how they’re doing.
The Friars are looking to finish off their non-conference with a win, as they host the Albany Great Danes at the AMP. PC looks like they’re coming together after a dominant win over Manhattan on Wednesday (recap here: https://theprovidencecrier.com/2022/12/08/providence-secures-biggest-win-of-season-beats-manhattan-99-59/#more-5421), and they’ll look to build off that today. So far non-conference play has been a mixed bag for the Friars. While they squandered all three chances at resume building wins, they also haven’t hurt themselves with any bad loses. Albany represents another weak team that the Friars should find success against yet can’t afford to lose. Let’s see what to watch for in this one.
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.
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.
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.
The Friars will look to build off their 71-57 victory over Merrimack, as they host Columbia Saturday afternoon. This game will be Providence’s final tune up before playing their first true road game of the season at TCU on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.