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  1. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    Since dropping the game at Nova, the Friars handled business against Marquette, only to blow a big first half lead en route to a maddening loss at Georgetown. PC was subsequently uncompetitive in it’s next two against Seton Hall and St. John’s, but for very different reasons: First scoring an...
  2. CouchsideSteve

    Predicting the Future: How Many SBs Does Mahomes Win?

    ^This is where I’m at, too. Though I’ll add, I’m more optimistic about his potential for longevity than previous posters seem to be. From Brady to LeBron to Federer, we’re seeing elite athletic primes extended due to superior training, nutrition and sports science. Mahommes could benefit from...
  3. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    Battled Nova for a half yesterday, but things got out of hand quickly in the second. The team is just brutally thin after Duke and Watson — the latter still being a weak spot on D. They may flirt with the bubble if they get hot in Feb like they have in years’ past. But if Duke jumps to the NBA...
  4. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    Hung tough on the road against Xavier today, carrying a 7-point lead with 1:16 left, thanks to some very clutch shots by Duke down the stretch... and they cough it up. The mental and defensive lapses are very uncharacteristic of an Ed Cooley team. Super disappointing.
  5. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    Just a terrible and demoralizing lapse after crawling all the way back to tie it. I’m consistent with my praise of Ed Cooley, as I think he’s an outstanding coach and a clear cut above what Providence could otherwise attract. But damn, this team really struggles with end of half and end of game...
  6. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    Watson and Duke were killers tonight, as the Friars throttle Butler. Inserting Nichols in the starting lineup certainly helped, too — his length is invaluable on the defensive end. Creighton visits at noon on Saturday.
  7. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    A win’s a win. And Reeves deserves credit, both for the game winner at Seton Hall and for salvaging tonight. Two *very* clutch shots. But we can’t sit here and pretend a team who was 33-78 from the field and 6-23 from beyond the arc tonight against the worst opponent in the Big East is in good...
  8. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    I’ve been slacking a bit on this thread. Admittedly, while I’ve still tuned into all the games, my heart isn’t in it as much as seasons’ past. Still, it seems like a really good group of kids who play hard, so they deserve my (our) support. Watson has been a revelation, pairing the athletic...
  9. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    The Friars are 2-2 over their last 4: Run out if the gym against Indiana, squeaked one out over Davidson, and run out of the gym yet again versus Alabama (the former all in Asheville, NC), before settling in to beat Farleigh Dickinson back in Providence. Where does that leave us? Roughly where...
  10. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    Easily covered the 20pt spread over Fairfield today. What to make of it? Gantt started, with Nichols apparently injured Shot 49% from the field and 44% from beyond the arc — we’ll take it Our bigs bullied a weaker opponent, as you’d hope to see... Watson, Horchler & Croswell is a stout...
  11. CouchsideSteve

    2020-21 Providence College Hoops: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

    College basketball is around the corner – we think. And so it’s time to check in on Ed Cooley & company, who have built a consistent winner down in Providence in the refashioned Big East. Remember last season? You’d be forgiven not to, but I certainly do. We had high-high hopes with a talented...
  12. CouchsideSteve

    2019-20 Providence College Hoops: Just Add Shooting

    I’ve put off checking this thread since the season came to its abrupt end. I was sitting in a hotel bar in Portland, OR on the last Sat in Feb, watching PC beat Nova in Philly. Exhilarating. Then, still playing with backs against the wall, holding off an equally desperate Xavier team at home...
  13. CouchsideSteve

    2020 Dolphins: Aloha

    Most optimistic I’ve felt about the team since Marino. Welcome, Tua.
  14. CouchsideSteve

    2019-20 Providence College Hoops: Just Add Shooting

    Wow, 10-point favorites over DePaul today. I’m trekking up for the game — 6:30 tip on FS1.
  15. CouchsideSteve

    2019-20 Providence College Hoops: Just Add Shooting

    BracketMatrix.com has the Friars a 9 seed based on an average of 94 brackets, of which we’re included in 93. Win tomorrow against a DePaul team who we’ll be ~7pt favorites over and we’re a lock. Slip up tomorrow and lose the first game at MSG... well, that would make for an uncomfortable few...
  16. CouchsideSteve

    2019-20 Providence College Hoops: Just Add Shooting

    There were so many points where that game could have gotten away, but they never trailed (playing with a short bench), because they took great care of the ball in the last ten minutes and worked hard for quality shots. Diallo was amazing, and Pipkins made two big when it mattered most. Bring on...
  17. CouchsideSteve

    2019-20 Providence College Hoops: Just Add Shooting

    Pipkins is absolved of all early season woes. Playing like one of the best guards in the conference right now. Close this out, beat DePaul Saturday, win one or two at MSG and maybe we’re the favored side of the desired 7/10 matchup in the tournament.
  18. CouchsideSteve

    2019-20 Providence College Hoops: Just Add Shooting

    Unbelievable. Just a monster game from Pipkins today. 10-6 in the Big East with two (winnable) home games remaining, and now five straight wins over ranked teams. What an incredible run.
  19. CouchsideSteve

    2019-20 Providence College Hoops: Just Add Shooting

    I’ve been a season ticket holder for 7 years, and while I only make it up from New York for a handful of games each season, today was up there for best atmosphere. Great crowd and energy.
  20. CouchsideSteve

    2019-20 Providence College Hoops: Just Add Shooting

    Well said. This team is statistically just as bad at shooting as last year’s and somehow turns it over even more. Yet here we are with a meaningful game in late February. Cooley has done it through creative lineups, getting the team to play tough D, and somehow convincing Diallo to buy back in...