Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PC vs. USC Tonight at 9:10 PM on TruTV

#11 Providence Friars
#11 USC Trojans

Wednesday March 15th
9:10 PM
Dayton, Ohio (UD Arena)
TruTV Network

Before we get started with anything, let's just get this video out of the way...

I have mixed feelings going into this play-in game between PC and USC.  One the one hand, the last NCAA game that we won was last year against USC on a last second layup from Rodney Bullock.  On the other hand, the year before that, we were in the play-in game against Dayton and played horrendously on our way to a loss.  Granted, that game was basically a home game for Dayton, but it still brings up some sour memories.

Looking at both PC and USC, both teams look very different than they did the last time they played.  Providence is without Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil, while USC lost 2 starters and their 6th man from last year's squad.  Their two resumes are kind of counter-balances to each other as USC excels at shooting the three and PC excels at defending the three.  PC turns the opposing team over a lot and USC doesn't turn it over a lot.  USC started the season strong and faded at the end, losing 4 of their last 6, while PC was able to turn things on at the end of the year, winning 6 of their last 7 games.

I've seen this game as a pick 'em to a point spread here and there.  All in all, summing up that these two teams match up very well with one another, much like last year where the game came down to the final seconds and a 1-point difference.

The one thing about USC that concerns me a little bit is Benny Boatwright.  Boatwright is USC's leading scorer with 14.6 points per game.  He's a 6'10'' forward who can stretch the floor and make shots from the outside, netting 36.2% from three.  He's also an incredible 92.6% free throw shooter on the season.  The one things that Providence seems to struggle against are versatile big men who can shoot.  Here's a look at some of the stat lines during Big East play to give you some reference:

Angel Delgado (Seton Hall): 12 points, 16 rebounds
Marcus Derrickson (Georgetown): 26 points*, 6 rebounds
Justin Patton (Creighton): 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks
Luke Fischer (Marquette): 13 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks
Angel Delgado (Seton Hall): 19 points, 15 rebounds
Nate Fowler (Butler): 19 points*, 3 rebounds
Rashid Gaston (Xavier): 19 points, 14 rebounds
Justin Patton (Creighton): 17 points, 6 rebounds


So that's something that has me a little concerned for tonight's play-in game.

Other than that specific fact, Rodney Bullock needs to be productive early.  I know that he is able to turn things on in the second half but he's also very susceptible to getting down on himself if he starts off cold.  We are going to need Bullock offensively if we're going to make any sort of run in the NCAA tournament.  That's just the truth.

Kyron needs to limit turnovers, Bullock needs to keep his head up, and we need to take advantage of the free throw line.  If USC has anyone get into foul trouble, then PC will be in good shape as the Trojans only play about 6 players.

I'm already getting pumped for tonight.


Some pics from the last year's game against USC to reminisce about before the tip tonight...which is obviously at 9:10 PM because the NCAA Committee continues to hate me and schedule every PC game after 9 PM, like a buncha jerks.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Game Recap: PC Friars Drop a Sloppy Game to Creighton in the BE Tourney 70-58

Providence Friars (20-12) 58
Creighton Bluejays (24-8) 70

Ed Cooley summed up the game perfectly in the post-game conference, "We just didn't play well.  We picked a bad time to play our worst game in probably 5 or 6 weeks."

After finishing the Big East regular season with 6 straight wins and seemingly gelling and peaking at the most opportune time as a team, Providence laid an egg in the Big East tournament through some very uncharacteristic play.  Whether it was turnovers, points off those turnovers, free throws, or missed layups, this game had a very familiar feel to the NCAA play-in game that Providence played against Dayton.

A true Murphy's Law game where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.  We were just missing an Ed Cooley chair throw to put us over the edge.  Every single time that the Friars did something right, it was followed by something to mess it up.  They'd get a steal and then double-dribble with no defenders around.  They'd lay out for a ball on the ground and then somehow throw it to the other team.  It was frustrating to watch and I'm sure even more frustrating to play.

Hopefully the Friars have still done enough in the last couple of weeks to assure themselves of a spot in the NCAA Big Dance come Sunday evening.  I think that they have, and fingers crossed that they don't find themselves in a play-in game again.  In what should have been a rebuilding year, both these players and the coaches have done an incredible job of even being in the conversation to make the NCAA Tournament, let alone being as competitive in such a deep league as the Big East.  Go Friars!

Quick Hits:
  • Providence held a three point lead going into halftime and were outscored by fifteen points in the second half.  Not ideal.
  • Kyron Cartwright once again closed out the first half with a great one-on-one play to give the Friars a little more of a cushion going into the half.
  • Cartwright even finished that left-handed floater over recently named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in Khyri Thomas.
  • On the other hand, Khyri Thomas must have been heated that he wasn't on any of the All-Big East teams and looked like he had a message to send.  Thomas had a game-high 19 points on 5-11 shooting and an impressive 8-8 from the line.  Thomas finished out a nice rounded stat line with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
  • The Bluejays had come into the game struggling from the free throw line but the roles were flipped for the game as even though Creighton went 20-33 from the line, Providence was even worse going 14-26 (53.8%).
  • Providence committed 22 turnovers versus 8 assists which is pretty much the opposite of what they usually do as a team.
  • Cartwright was uncharacteristically turnover prone in the game recording 6 for the game.  8 players on the team had multiple turnovers in the game, so the blame for giving up the ball was definitely there to go around.
  • Cartwright did lead the team in points (15), assists (4), and rebounds (7).
  • Emmitt Holt was the most efficient player for the Friars, shooting 5-11 from the floor and 3-4 from the line, totaling 14 points.
  • Foul trouble was also abound for the Friars, with Jalen, Alpha, and Emmitt all having 4 fouls and Cartwright fouling out.
  • When in the game, Alpha was rising to the occasion as we've seen him do on the big stage this year.  Diallo finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals in just 25 minutes, including this stellar finish.
  • Jalen Lindsey was 1-5 from three, making it the first time in the last 7 games that he hasn't hit multiple threes.
  • The bench was also uncharacteristically careless with the ball, with three of the four bench players to get time having 2 turnovers apiece.  
  • Fazekas got just 2 minutes of run but was able to score a bucket (and not a 3).  I was surprised that he didn't get more playing time based on the lack of offense in addition to the foul trouble that the starters had.
  • Isaiah Jackson rightfully got the majority of the bench minutes but just wasn't the same play maker that we have become accustomed to over the last couple of weeks.
  • Jackson was just 1-4 from the field in 21 minutes.
  • Maliek White had some nice minutes off the bench, save for a couple of very preventable mistakes.  White was uber aggressive taking it to the hole and might be the best finisher at the rim on the team.
  • White's 3-point shooting didn't look all the great but I still liked his hustle and urgency.
  • The PC Freshmen must have been working on around-the-back moves this week or something because both Diallo and White had great finishes with the maneuver.
  • Justin Patton is gone after this year.  Fact.
  • His skill set and athleticism translate perfectly to the next level.  If he puts on a little bit more muscle, he's going to have a long career in the NBA.
  • Rodney Bullock disappeared in the game.  Bullock was just 1-8 for 3 points, with his one basket coming on a broken play layup.  He was 0-4 from three, 1-2 from the line, and had 4 turnovers with 0 assists.  That is what Khyri Thomas can do to guys and that is why he was the defensive player of the year in the conference.
  • PC needs Bullock to be effective offensively in order to hang with the higher caliber teams.
  • The good thing about this (if there is one) is that we have seen Bullock bounce back from games like this before.  You have to have a short memory after a game like this.  Plus he has to be thankful that Khyri Thomas won't be guarding him going forward, so that will make things easier for him right off the bat.
  • Marcus Foster has a pretty looking shot.  I was going to do a post about the 5 prettiest shots in the conference but I never got around to it.
  • It was going to include Jalen Lindsey, Josh Hart, Marcus Foster, Trevon Blueitt, and Andrew Rowsey.  
  • I was going to follow that up with the ugliest shots in the conference that would have included Desi Rodriguez, Edmond Sumner, a guy on St. John's who I can't remember, at least to start. 
  • Fingers crossed for the NCAAs.
  • Go Friars!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stories From Around Friartown

Stories from Around Friartown

1. Ben Bentil became the first Ghanian player to ever play in the NBA.

Bentil signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks that just happened to fall in the window of Dirk Nowitzki scoring his 30,000th point to become just the 6 player in NBA history to achieve that feat.

2. Bryce Cotton won the Australian League Championship with the Perth Wildcats

Cotton led the Wildcats to their 8th League Championship, dropped 45 points in the title game (on just 17 shots), was named the Grand Finals MVP.  Cotton turned down multiple NBA offers (most likely 10-day contracts) to head over to Perth 

3. Julian Gressel started in the first ever game for the Atlanta United FC in the MLS

The PC Men's Soccer alum started in the midfield for the team against the New York Red Bulls.  Atlanta fell in its first every match 2-1 but looked promising in their debut.  Since I don't currently have a favorite MLS team, I might have to start to favor Atlanta and perhaps check in on them periodically during the season now.

4. Rodney Bullock and Kyron Cartwright Take Home 2nd Team All-Big East Honors

Rodney Bullock finished the season 10th in scoring (16.1 ppg), 5th in rebounding (6.4 rpg), 10th in blocks (0.8 bpg), 11th in steals (1.2 spg), 15th in FT percentage (74.8%).

Kyron led the league in assists (6.8 apg) by 2.5 assists per game more than anyone else in the league.  He was also 2nd in the league in assist to turnover ratio, something he has always been good at.  Cartwright also snuck into the top 15 in steals in the league with 1.1 per game.  The part of the game that may have seen the biggest jump is in his scoring we he was 24th in the league with 11.3 points per game.

5. Bullock and Cartwright were also named to USBWA All-District 1st Team with Kyron being named Player of the Year

The USBWA All-District Teams are broken out by colleges that fall into each particular regional district.  District 1 consists of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Mass, and Connecticut.  There were 12 players selected to this district's team.  They usually have 10 players but in case of ties, they can have a few more

Jalen Adams, UConn
Evan Boudreaux, Dartmouth
Rodney Bullock, Providence
Kyron Cartwright, Providence
Anthony Lamb, Vermont
Tanner Leissner, New Hampshire
Hassan Martin, Rhode Island
E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island
Jerome Robinson, Boston College
Steven Speith, Brown
T. J. Williams, Northeastern
Nisre Zouzoua, Bryant

Kyron was named the player of the year in the district and Vermont Coach John Becker was named Coach of the Year.  I don't have a huge problem with Becker being named as Vermont was the first team to ever go undefeated in conference play in the American East, going 16-0.  We will see VT in the NCAA tournament most likely.

Twelve players does seem like a lot for an All-District Team.  If I were going to go with 5, I would probably have it as Kyron Cartwright, Jalen Adams, Rodney Bullock, Hassan Martin, and Steven Speith.

My Picks for the All Big East Men's Basketball Teams for 2016-2017

Here's my selections for last year's All-Big East Teams.  I breakout the teams by backcourt players (BC) and frontcourt (FC) players as that is really the way teams are made up these days.  Also, I don't pick more than 5 players per teams because as far as I know, you can't play 6 guys at a least I don't think you can.

Player of the Year: Josh Hart (Villanova)
Defensive Player of the Year: Khyri Thomas (Creighton)
Co-Coaches of the Year: Chris Holtmann (Butler)/Ed Cooley (Providence)
6th Man of the Year: Andrew Rowsey (Marquette)
Freshman of the Year: Shamorie Ponds (St. John's)
Most Improved Player: Kyron Cartwright (Providence)

1st Team
BC - Jalen Brunson - Villanova 
BC - Kyron Cartwright
BC - Marcus Foster - Creighton
FC - Josh Hart - Villanova
FC - Angel Delgado - Seton Hall

I was going back and forth between having Trevon Blueitt or Kyron Cartwright on the 1st team but I ultimately went with Blueitt here.  My argument for Cartwright would be, if Rodney Bullock went out for the year, would PC have fallen off as much as Xavier did with Sumner going down.  I don't think they would have, and that's why the edge went to Cartwright here.  The other four spots are no-brainers in my mind.  If I did 6 spots like the actual 1st Team Big East does, I would have included both, but I don' here we have it.

2nd Team
BC - Tevon Blueitt - Xavier
BC - Shamorie Ponds - St. John's
FC - Rodney Bullock - Providence
FC - Kelan Martin - Butler
FC - Justin Patton - Creighton

That's a hell of a 2nd Team.  Two freshmen were able to sneak onto the team with Ponds and Patton, both having stellar years in their own right.  Bullock and Martin have had very similar season with their respective teams and have had their ups and downs during the season, Martin even being relegated to the bench for some time.

3rd Team
BC - Khadeen Carrington - Seton Hall
BC - Markus Howard - Marquette
BC - Rodney Pryor - Georgetown
FC - Kris Jenkins - Villanova
FC - Luke Fischer - Marquette

Honorable Mentions: J.P. Macura (Xavier), Andrew Chrabascz (Butler), Desi Rodriguez (Seton Hall),  & Rashid Gaston (Xavier).

It was a toss up for two of the spots, Khadeen Carrington or teammate Desi Rodriguez for the last guard spot.  I think an equal argument can be made for either.  When playing against Providence, I would say that Desi Rodriguez is the better player and the one that I am more concerned about throughout the game.  However, Carrington seems to be the guy more feared around the conference.  The last frontcourt spot was between Luke Fischer and Andrew Chrabascz,  They have very similar numbers but Fischer's points and rebounds per game are slightly higher.  In counterpoint, Chrabascz is more important to his team and on the better team.  The tiebreaker is defense, where I believe Fischer has the edge.

All-Freshmen Team
BC - Markus Howard - Marquette
BC - Shamorie Ponds - St. John's
BC - Marcus LoVett - St. John's
BC - Kamar Baldwin - Butler
FC - Justin Patton - Creighton

Honorable Mentions: Donte DiVincenzo (Villanova), Alpha Diallo (Providence), Myles Powell (Seton Hall), Quentin Goodin (Xavier).

Every team is represented except DePaul, which is pretty much what you'd expect

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Game Recap: PC Friars Make it 6 in a Row with 86-75 Win at the Garden

Providence Friars (20-11) 86
St. John's Red Storm (13-18) 75

6...Can I get a 6 in a row!?!

The Friars needed to complete their 6-game Big East win streak in order to solidify themselves both a first round bye in the Big East Tournament and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The win gave their Friars at least 1 win over every team in the conference not named Villanova.  That fact bodes well for Providence as they enter the Big East Tournament.  They know that they can beat any team in the conference and also they already know that they can at least hang with Nova.  The fact that the Freshmen got to play under the lights of MSG before the BE Tourney, behind a large Friar contingent, gives them a little experience in the Big Apple before the massive conference tournament.

Isaiah Jackson continues to develop into a legit difference maker, scoring 18 points off the bench to go along with 17 points from both Alpha Diallo and Jalen Lindsey.  The fact that Kryon Cartwright, Emmitt Holt, and Rodney Bullock weren't among the three leading scorers for the Friars during a must win game that they still won handily speaks to the depth of this particular Providence team.

Quick Hits:
  • Let's talk a little bit about Isaiah Jackson shall we?
  • Jackson scored a team-high (and season-high) 18 points on a very impressive 8-10 shooting.  Isaiah is now averaging 11.4 points off the bench over the last 5 games for the Friars.  A double-figure scorer off the bench is an ace in the hole to have in your back pocket, not only as another guy that the opposing team has to worry about but also some insurance in case one of your top scorers finds himself in foul trouble.
  • To show that he isn't just all about the points, Jackson also had 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

  • Kalif Young had 10 rebounds in the first half alone.  He finished the game with 11 rebounds in just 13 minutes and 6 points on 3-5 shooting.  He makes his impact felt in a short period of time but that was especially evident in this game.

  • Alpha Diallo seems to step up on the big stage.  Diallo plays with a different kind of intensity when there's a big game.  Alpha was 5-10 from the floor, 6-8 from the line, and added in 4 assists. 
  • He's also decided to try and slam it home whenever he's around the rim now...which I am all for.

  • Kyron Cartwright didn't have his usual offensive prowess working, shooting just 3-12 from the floor for 8 points.  Even with just 8 points and a paltry shooting night, Cartwright still almost had a triple-double with 8 points, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds.

  • Rodney Bullock was in foul trouble for the majority of the game including most of the 2nd half and the Friars were in dire need of someone to step up in his absence.  Emmitt Holt really stepped up to the table, scoring 14 points on 4-6 shooting.
  • Jalen Lindsey, sharpshooter.
  • Lindsey went 4-7 from the field, 3-6 from three, and 6-8 from the line for 17 points.
  • This was the 7th game in a row with multiple made 3-point field goals from Lindsey.
  • Shamorie Ponds is a helluva Frosh.  He was the only St. John's player doing anything that scared you as a PC fan and he was able to score 29 points...although it was on 25 shots.
  • I love Coach Cooley talking in his postgame speech.  He's just the fucking best.
  • Just a reminder how how awesome Kyron Cartwright is, in case you didn't know.
  • Post Game Celebration Photo...favorite guy is Tommy Planek, I finally caught on to his patented thumbs up move.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Game Recap: PC Friars Make it 5 in a Row with Sloppy Senior Night Win Over DePaul 73-64

Providence Friars (19-11) 73
DePaul Blue Demons (9-21) 64

And that would be 5 wins in a row for those of you folks counting at home.

This was the game that Providence couldn't afford to lose after their 4 big wins over the last two weeks.  A loss to DePaul would've have made it a season sweep for the Blue Demons, a second loss to a 200+ RPI team, and a home loss to the bottom-dwelling squad of the Big East.

Even with the win, Providence's RPI actually dropped because DePaul is actually that bad of an opponent to be playing.

The game wasn't pretty, but it didn't need to be.  Providence took care of business and got the job done behind 14 points apiece from Emmitt Holt and Kyron Cartwright.

Quick Hits: 
  • Tuesday night was Senior Night for the Friars and the only Senior on this year's team is none other than Casey Woodring.
  • There were Casey Woodring shirst floating around both the student section and parts of the arena at The Dunk for Woodring who will actually be graduating with a Finance Degreeand MBA in just 4 years at PC.
  • Woodring, who is from Darien, CT (what up fellow Nutmegger!) is the 4th winningest player ever at Providence College and would be the first PC player ever to go to 4 NCAA tournaments.  
  • With the win against DePaul, Wooding now has 88 wins in his 4 years at PC.  The all-time wins leader for PC Men's Basketball is Mark McAndrew, with 96 wins during the 1973-1976 seasons.  In 2nd place on the wins list is Joe Hassett with 93 wins between 1974-1978.  With a little run in the BE tournament and a win or two in the NCAA Dance, Woodring has an outside change to catch him.
  • Woodring has 11 career points in his playing career.
  • As luck would have it, Mr. Woodring did get a chance to get in the game with a little over a minute left.  Just a thought, but PC should schedule DePaul as their last home game every year so that every Senior walk-on can get a chance at some points.  A look at Casey's highlights from the game.
  •  Athletic Director Bob Driscoll had a nice view of the lone Senior's final PT at The Dunk.
  • A nice little shoutout from former teammate (and current Dallas Maverick) Ben Bentil.

  • The Friars had a really balanced scoring attack which included 7 guys scoring and 6 of those 7 scoring between 8 and 14 points.
  • Rodney Bullock has a really solid all-around game, going 4-8 from the floor for 13 points, grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds, and chipped in 2 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal.
  • Let me know if you've heard this one before, but Emmitt Holt was hampered with foul trouble, eventually fouling out after playing 28 minutes.
  • While on the floor, Holt was arguably the best player in the game.  Holt had a game-high 14 points on an impressive 7-12 shooting.  
  • Kyron Cartwright was tied with Holt for the game-high in scoring with 14 points as well.  Cartwright added a team-high 6 assists (let's ignore the 5 turnovers for now) and was a perfect 5-5 from the line.  Let's get to the Kyron Carwright highlights.
  • Number 1 with the right hand.
  • Number 2 with the left hand.
  • Number 3, my personal favorite with the crow hop.

  • Jalen Lindsey didn't have the best game going 2-9 from the field...of course, those 2 made field goals were threes where he went 2-6 and multiple threes in 6 straight games and at least 1 three in 24 straight games.
  • Alpha Diallo spent a game in unfamiliar foul trouble but was still able to keep up his new found talent of rebounding the shit out of the ball, grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds on the night.  Diallo is averaging 8.3 rebounds over the last three games.
  • Isaiah Jackson continues to be a standout off the bench for the Friars, scoring 8 points in 22 minutes of playing time.  Over the last 4 games, Jackson is averaging 9.8 points in just under 20 minutes per game.
  • I still love Kalif Young's motor.  I just haven't said it in a while so there that is.
  • What happened to last year's Eli Cain?  Cain was 3-8 for 7 points with 1 assist and 2 turnovers.  His FG% is down 3.1%, his 3-PT% is down 7.6%, and his turnovers are up 0.4 per game over last year.  His PPG and APG are both up with more minutes but he just doesn't have the same feel of the emerging Freshman from last year.
  • Billy Garrett Jr. has been at DePaul for about 15 years.  He also had about 30 offensive fouls on the night.
  • How did these guys rehire Dave Leito...I still don't understand it.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Game Recap: Make It 4 in a Row for the Friars with a 73-69 Win Over Marquette

Providence Friars (18-11) 73
Marquette Golden Eagles (17-11) 69

Let the good times roll baby!  Make it 4 wins and a row against NCAA caliber teams and the Friars have just put themselves in a position to win out and secure a bid to the Big Dance.  With 7:20 left in the game, the Friars faced a 12-point deficit at home.  The Friars then when on a 14-1 run to take the lead and finished off the visiting Golden Eagles in a thriller at The Dunk.

Rodney Bullock & Kyron Cartwright once again led the way for Providence and Bullock connected on a game-winning layup with 43 seconds left to give the Friars a lead that they would not relinquish. 

For some reason (again), Wojo went to Katin Reinhardt for the end of the game shot.  I don't know if that guy is great at buzzer beating shots in practice or something, but he gets every opportunity for Marquette when the game is on the line...this time, the line wasn't a friend and he stepped out of bounds on the long inbounds pass for a game-winning attempt.

Quick Hits:
  • The Rodney of old was back!
  • Bullock crushed it on offense going 7-13 from the floor for a team-high 20 points for the Friars.  Bullock also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, recording his 5th double-double on the year, and 3rd one in a row.
  • Bullock is rediscovering his elite offensive game at the perfect time for the Friars.  It's no coincidence that the Friars are peaking as a team as Bullock turns up his offensive output.
  • Here was my view for the game, so I wasn't able to get any good videos from this one.
  • You know I love me some Bullock War Cries, so this one hurt when I wasn't able to get the full audio effect.
  • Kyron Cartwright...stud.
  • Kyron dished out 8 assists for the 12th time this season.  Cartwright also finished with 16 points on 6-11 shooting.
  • Isaiah Jackson scored in double-figures off the bench for the 3rd game in a row.  Jackson was 3-6 from the floor and a perfect 4-4 from the line.
  • Jalen Lindsey continued his excellent marksmanship, connecting on multiple three point field goals for the 9th time in the last 10 games, going 2-6 in this contest.
  • Lindsey was 4-8 from the floor for 10 points and had 3 swipes in the game.
  • Kalif Young only played 7 minutes but was able to make the most of it scoring 4 points, grabbing 4 boards, blocking a shot and grabbing a steal.
  • Alpha Diallo continued his using his length and grabbed 8 rebounds after taking down a career-high 9 just last game.  Keep up that ferocity on the boards my man.
  • It might go under the radar, but Emmitt Holt played really well in this game.  He scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds, and played some great (and much needed) defense against the big guys of Marquette.
  • The Friars truly had contributions from everyone who played during this game.
  • Maybe my favorite Ed Cooley quote of the year...

  • Hey Markus Howard, stop making all those threes dude.  Howard is currently leading the Nation in 3-point percentage this year and that certainly showed in going 6-8 from deep.  Howard played the best game I've seen him in all year long, going 8-13 from the floor for a game-high 24 points.
  • In all honesty, I'll take Kyron Cartwright's game over Markus Howard's.  Cartwright had 8 less points than Howard but had 8 assists to Howard's 0.  Also, Howard turned the ball over 5 times.  I'm not sure, but I think an assist to turnover ration of 0:5 isn't ideal from your point guard.  In all honesty, I think Howard is much more of a 2-guard than he is a point guard.  He barely averages more than 2 assists per game.
  • Luke Fischer, your haircut looks like Jimmy Darmody.

  • Providence did a really good job of not jumping at any pump fakes this time around, so kudos there.
  • What the heck happened to Haanif Cheatham?? I thought he was going to be a terror for the Friars for 4 years and he looked completely lost out there.
  • Post game celebration photo...favorite person is Maliek, hands down.

Game Recap: Friars Finally Get a Big Road Victory, 68-66 Over #23 Creighton

Providence Friars (17-11) 68
#23 Creighton Bluejays (22-6) 66

The Providence Friars followed up a pair of big home wins against Butler and Xavier with their biggest road win of the year of #23 Creighton at the Bluejays home in Omaha.  After trailing by as much as 13, Providence battled back and eventually took the lead down the stretch to give PC a much needed road win over a high quality team.

Providence has been able to mostly take care of business at home but their NCAA resume really needed a signature win over a really good team on the road.  Not only did PC beat a very good team in Creighton, but they came out on top in a road game in a really tough atmosphere.

Providence seems to be gelling as a team and peaking at the right time...perhaps the whispers of a possible NCAA tournament trip can get a little louder if the Friars keep this up.

Quick Hits:
  • This was the first win for Providence over a ranked opponent on the road since last year's January 24th, 2016 win over Villanova
  • PC had 19 assists on 21 field goals...that's what I'm fucking talking about.  That's incredible.
  • The 13-point deficit that Providence overcame is the largest ever by a Creighton opponent at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
  • This was awesomeness personified.  I woke up everyone within a 5 block radius in all directions...Onions indeed.
  • Cartwright hit that game-winning 3 with 2.2 seconds left.
  • Kyron Cartwright's Veins: 5% Blood, 95% Ice...
  • If you didn't know...don't worry, Kyron will let you know.

  • Cartwright recorded a double-double with 13 points (on just 7 shots) and 10 assists.  He also grabbed 5 boards, 'cause he's good like that.
  • Emmitt Holt came up HUGE in this game.  Holt finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-13 shooting including 3-6 from three.  When Holt steps directly into his three point shot, that's when he's at his best.  He got a little trigger happy from three after hitting back-to-back threes, but I'll allow it when he's feeling it.  I do prefer his flow of the offense step-in threes.
  • Rodney Bullock was hampered by foul trouble for the majority of the game but still managed to tie his season high with 12 rebounds.  Besides some turnovers (4) that seem to be popping up on the regular for Rodney, he was pretty good on offense, going 4-9 from the floor for 10 points.
  • Per usual, Jalen Lindsey was fire from three point land, going 3-5 from distance for all of his 9 points.
  • Jalen has now had at least 3 made three-pointers in 6 of the last 9 games.
  • Isaiah Jackson is turning himself into a legit playmaker off the bench.  Jackson has all but taken all of Fazekas' minutes now and is excelling with the expanded role of the pine.  
  • Isaiah had 11 points, shooting 3-5 from the floor and 4-6 from the line in just 22 minutes.  
  • Alpha Diallo was solid once again as well and used his long frame to grab a new career-high 9 rebounds.  Diallo had 4 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals as well, to round out a nice stat line for the night (we'll just ignore the 4 turnovers).
  • I think Justin Patton has the highest ceiling for an NBA career of anyone in the Big East conference.  He's not quite there yet, but his size, athleticism, and ability to shoot the ball for a Center is clearly evident and will only get better as he develops.
  • Marcus Foster is hella good.
  • If this team still had Mo Watson, they would be a legit final four contender.  Now that he's out with an ACL, I'm not sure how deep their run can go in the tournament.
  • Khyri Thomas has my vote for Defensive Player of the Year.  He is a freaking menace. 
  • Post-game winners photo...favorite is Drew Edwards in the back row.
  • Some more photos from the game for your browsing...