Analyzing Providence’s Scorching Start Through Statistics

It is truly incredible what is happening in Friar Town. Providence is 13-1, atop the Big East, nationally ranked, and on an 8 game winning streak. When I’ve glanced over this team’s statistics, nothing jumps out which clearly defines why Providence is doing so well. Is it fool’s gold or can the numbers help tell us something?

I decided to take a deeper dive into how this team stacks up nationally, using a few key metrics to compare the Friar team as a whole to the rest of the D1 (using stats through games as of 1/1). I then got a bit more granular and compared individual stats to the rest of the players in the Big East.

The findings below tell a pretty unique story that this Friar team has hung its hat on defense, and that will be their calling card moving forward. Additionally, the sum of this team is greater than its individual parts, exemplified by no one individual player dominating stats like we’ve routinely seen with Friar teams in the past.

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Providence Cruises to an Easy Road Win against Depaul 70-53

Providence, fresh off a win against a depleted #15 Seton Hall team, strolled into Chicago and handily beat the DePaul Blue Demons to get to 13-1 on the season. Providence maintains their grip atop the leaderboard of the Big East at 3-0 in conference play and have won 8 in a row. We break down the win below.

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Providence Friars Look to Start 2022 With a Win – PC vs. DePaul Preview

Providence, hot off a win at home against #15 Seton Hall, look to extend their 7 game winning streak when they take on the Blue Demons of DePaul in Chicago. We preview the game below and provide keys to victory for Providence.

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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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Providence Hosts Seton Hall in Top-25 Showdown

On Monday the Providence Friars jumped one spot in the Top 25 without playing a single game to #21. It is a position many teams across the country have faced as the Omicron variant makes it’s way through the US. PC will get their first shot as playing as a ranked team this season when they host #15 Seton Hall at the Dunk Wednesday at 7pm EST on FS1. Providence hasn’t played in 11 days and apparently has players in COVID protocol. Seton Hall, on the other hand, haven’t played since dispatching instate rival Rutgers on December 12th. Given the lay-off, the boys at the Providence Crier have no clue what to expect going into a normally massive conference game.

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The Providence Crier Christmas List

As the Crier stated on the latest episode of the Providence Crier Podcast, there is plenty to be merry about in Friartown. The Friars are off to their first 11-1 start since the 2015-2016 season. The team has stuffed their stockings with good wins over Wisconsin and Uconn on the road, Texas Tech at home and Northwestern on a neutral court. Providence is the only team with 4 Quad1 wins. The road win at then #20 UConn tipped the scales to finally get some recognition from the AP poll voters with PC checking in at #22 this week. There really isnt much more that we could ask for from the Friars, but we live in a capitalistic society. There can always be more. So BOC and I decided to make a Christmas wish list for the team. Enjoy.

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PC Opens Big East Play with Massive Road Win Against #20 Connecticut, 57-53

Providence, 11-1 on the season, continued their winning ways by beating the UCONN Huskies in Hartford 57-53. We break down how the Friars won the game and what is up next for the scorching Friar squad.

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PC Starts Big East Play Against Familiar Foe UCONN – Game Preview

Providence, fresh off a 10-1 non-conference start, jump right into the thick of Big East play with a road matchup against the Connecticut Huskies. We break down the Huskies below, keys to the match-up for Providence, and provide game predictions.

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Revisiting Preseason Predictions On the 2021 Friars With Big East Play Around the Corner

With Big East play about to start, The Crier and I decided to review some preseason publications we put out that include preseason predictions on certain players and the team. Even though we are only 11 games in, it is interesting to see where our bold predictions were accurate and where we were off drastically off base.

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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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