Providence, standing at 10-3 and 2-0 in the Big East, starts their Midwest tour with a match-up Thursday against the 8-5 Butler Bulldogs. Butler is currently 0-2 in the Big East after losses to UCONN and Creighton. Below, we preview the match-up and what Providence must do to get another road win in the Big East. We also have the podcast previewing the Butler and DePaul game below.
If Providence can somehow go 2-0 on this road trip, they’ll be in prime position to be nationally ranked ahead of the gargantuan match-up against UConn at the AMP on 1/4. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though.
In this article, I put together a list of players I’d like Providence to begin recruiting. They aren’t recruits I have seen tied to Providence as of this writing, but I’m hopeful that changes. There’s a rationale behind why each of these players are on this list: playing style, location, need fit, etc.
This isn’t a “wish list”. For instance, I’d love for Providence to land 3 Top 10 nationally ranked players, but that isn’t realistic. I didn’t include every single Top 15 player in the 2024 class. I tried to keep this as level headed as possible.
There is just something about Marquette and Providence that leads to instant classics. The Bat Game. The Floor Slippage. Blizzard Beach. Jonathan Xavier. This match-up has it all, for better or worse.
Last night lived up to the billing, with Providence doing everything possible to claw back in the game, give it away in overtime, and then recapture the victory in the second stanza of overtime. Providence won 103-98 over #24 Ranked Marquette to improve to 10-3 and 2-0 atop the Big East.
We break down everything from this heart palpitating match-up below.
Providence, coming off a gutsy road win against Seton Hall, has a chance for another resume building win when Marquette (also 9-3 on the year) travels to Providence Tuesday night. Marquette is coming off a nice win of their own, a drubbing of the Kalkbrenner-less Blue Jays of Creighton. The winner of this game remains atop the Big East.
We preview the game, what to watch for, and what Providence needs to do to come out on top against the Shaka Smart led squad.
Providence opened up conference play with a needed road win against the pesky Seton Hall Pirates. Providence was led by the dynamic duo of Ed Croswell and Bryce Hopkins. Hopkins and Croswell accounted for 45 of 71 total points and 19 total rebounds. When Providence needed a basket, they turned to these two. Seton Hall was seemingly a one man show, with Kadary Richmond scoring at will to the tune of 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists on an efficient 10-16 shooting.
Below, we break down the good (and the bad) from this conference opener.
Despite what some of the haters may say (or choose to believe), the Providence Friars are the defending Big East Champs and will begin their title defense Saturday afternoon at Seton Hall. The non-conference slate for the Friars was a mixed bag. The good news is that PC didn’t lose to any opponent that could impair a NCAA Tournament resume; on the flip side the Friars squandered all three chances at resume building wins.
Clearly, the Friars won’t be the favorites to repeat; however, they’re starting to come together as a team and have the talent to be a threat to repeat. Last year was no flash in the pan. In the last two games Providence was able to show what they are capable of. Is this for real or just a cupcake mirage? We will find out Saturday, let’s take a look at the matchup.
Providence is 8-3 with no great wins and no terrible losses. One might say they are status quo heading into Big East play (St. Louis outcome could be argued, but I digress). With the out of conference behind us, we take the time to analyze what we have learned in these 11 games before getting into the meat grinder of the Big East.
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.
PC wrapped up an anti-climatic out of conference with another dominant win against an inferior opponent. PC held Albany to 55 points on 28% shooting. Six players scored in double figures for the Friars, continuing a theme of balanced offensive outputs that made last year’s Friar squad so dangerous.
We recap the game below as we look towards Big East play.