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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Hurricanes Dose the Friars with a Reality Check – Providence Loses 74-64

Providence did not start off in Mohegan the way they envisioned, slogging their way through a game that was never really in doubt for the Miami Hurricanes. Miami controlled throughout the entire game and never gave the Friars much of a chance to get back into the game in the second half. With the loss yesterday, Providence takes on St. Louis, who were walloped by Maryland 95-67.

We break down what went wrong in this game, what needs to be fixed, and what are some concerning themes emerging for the Friars 4 games into the season.

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Miami – Providence Preview: Friars Looking to Start 4-0

Providence takes on a familiar face in the Jim Larranaga led Miami Hurricanes. Miami is also 3-0 and has similarly yet to be tested this season with wins over Lafayette, UNC-Greensboro, and FAMU. This game will certainly be a litmus test for both programs and will reveal (both good and bad) a lot about the Friars.

Below, we break down what (and who) to know about the Hurricanes and what PC must do to leave Mohegan Saturday 4-0 heading into the championship game.

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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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Time to Empty the Benches – Providence vs. Stonehill Preview

Providence, fresh off a 2-0 start, hosts 1-2 Stonehill at 5PM EST as the Friars look to remain undefeated heading into the crucial weekend at Mohegan Sun. Providence is favored by 24 points, and we are hoping to see an almost entire second half of PC’s bench getting minutes.

Below, we break down keys to the game and what to watch for.

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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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Second Half Surge – Friars Use Electric Second Half to Beat Northeastern 89-65

If Ed Cooley had the abilities to trick his Friar squad into thinking the entirety of the game is played in the second half, he may have a juggernaut on his hands. In two games this season, the Friars have outscored their opponent by a total of 33 points in the second half compared to being outscored by 8 points in the first half. Somewhat similarly to the Rider game, Providence started off slow in the first half before turning the corner in the second half. The silver lining is that Providence continued to grow its lead against Northeastern on the way to a 24 point victory rather than almost relinquish it like it did against Rider.

We will revisit the keys to the game for the Friars and identify a few positive developments that will be vital to a successful season.

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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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New Year, Same Heart Attack – Friars Survive to Beat Rider 66-65 in Season Opener

Providence was pushed to the limit in the season opener of the 2022-2023 season. The game will likely be a microcosm for the season – the lows are low, the highs are high, and we’ll likely experience both versions of that squad in the same game. The Broncs gave Providence everything they could handle, and it was a great opening test for the Friars. It is much easier to improve after a win, and Providence is able to walk out of the AMP 1-0.

With this being the first game of the season, there were a few things that caught our eye that we think will be themes for the duration of the season.

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