Friars End Non-Conference 10-1, Beat CCSU 68-53

Let me take you back to March 7th, 2020. The Friars finished off a great conference showing by boat racing DePaul 93-55. You all know how that turned out with COVID having other plans for college basketball, but similarly today’s game felt like a celebration. A celebration of PC having a strong non-conference resume and setting themselves up for a return to the NCAA Tournament. It did seem like the players got the celebration started a little early and a 19-point halftime lead resulted in only a 15-point victory.

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Friars Look to Finish Non-Conference Play 10-1, Host Central Connecticut

If I’m Ed Cooley, my message to the team heading into their non-conference finale against Central Connecticut is to finish what you started. Your 9-1 start marks only the second team in the Cooley Era to achieve that feat. The other team to do it found themselves in the NCAA Tournament and victors in the Round of 64. You’ve put yourselves in a great position where not only can you make the NCAAs, but get a good seed as well. Now don’t screw it up. Take the opponent seriously and take care of business. Alright enough from Coach Crier, here’s the preview:

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PC Fends Off Catamounts, Improve to 9-1

When PC took the floor against UVM Tuesday night it was certainly an opportunity to have a let down game. They were coming off two high energy games against Texas Tech and URI, with both games having a ton of fans in attendance. A hangover may have been inevitable; however, PC shut the door on those notions right away jumping out to a 11-0 lead to start the game. Despite a tough Catamount team keeping themselves in it throughout,PC won rather comfortably 68-58 to improve to 9-1 on the year. Let’s take a look at how it went down.

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PC defeats URI, Improve to 8-1

Well, well, well. It had been a year off for the Battle of the Ocean State, but on Saturday afternoon it was clear the Friars weren’t ducking the Rams. PC started off hot and despite URI taking a lead at one point late in the first half, the Friars cruised to a 66-52 victory. Let’s take a look at how it went down.

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Friars Host Unbeaten Texas Tech in Big East / Big 12 Challenge

The 2021-22 Friars first real test came against against Wisconsin, and the Friars passed that with flying colors. This will be Providence’s first big test in front of a home crowd. PC will play host to undefeated Texas Tech on Wednesday night, and the Red Raiders will certainly be another litmus test into the quality of this Friar squad. Let’s take a deeper look into this one.

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Horchler, Watson Help Shorthanded Friars past St Peter’s

With Minaya and Goodine already out with an illness, PC guard Jared Bynum went down with an ankle/foot injury. PC led by one after the first half, and this felt like one PC just needed to survive and advance. Horchler and Watson went to work to punish a pesky St Peter’s squad en route to a 85-71 victory Saturday afternoon. Let’s look at the takeaways.

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Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper Recap

BOC and I really enjoyed our time in Newark at the Legends Classic despite the 1-1 result from the Friars. We met a ton of great people and despite the humble pie served by UVA, the Friars should feel good about themselves going the rest of the non-conference slate. Here’s all the content we’ve put out over the last few days.

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Legends Classic a Big Opportunity for the Friars – Tournament Preview

Originally, the Providence Friars were slated to take on the likes of Gonzaga, Louisville and Oklahoma State in the Empire Classic. When it was announced the tournament would be held in Newark as opposed to MSG, all of the teams backed out. Looking for a new out of conference tournament, the Friars will join Northwestern, Georgia and Virginia in the Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper.

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Coming off a Big Win, Friars Host UNH

The Providence Friars are coming off one of their biggest wins in what feels like awhile. PC did beat #11 Creighton in Omaha last year but this win feels different. To go on the road and beat Wisconsin to move to 3-0 on the young season will do that. This Friar team is showing real promise. Now the Friars look to carry over that momentum as they host UNH Thursday night.

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Friars Stay Undefeated – Beat Wisconsin on the road 63-58

The Friars got a statement win on Monday night with 63-58 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers. With the win the Friars knock off a top 35 team per KenPom and are off to their first 3-0 start since the 2015 season. That 2015 season the Friars would start the year winners of 14 of their first 15 games and a #8 ranking. It was also the season where PC won a NCAA Tournament game before bowing out to the home UNC Tar Heels. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here’s our takeaways.

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