2021-22 Providence College Hoops: The Boys Are (Mostly) Back in Town

Mloaf71

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Beating #15 Seton Hall qualifies as a Quad 1 win, even if they had a few COVID absences. Friars keep rolling.

Let’s beat DePaul on New Year’s Day!
Really only one guy out for SH, one starter and a guy or two who don’t really play.

Great win and this team continues to show they are tough as nails. Love the way Bynum looks the last 2 games.

Get a win in Chicago and crack the top 15!
 

NoLastCall125

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They played like a ranked team should today. It feels like for as long as I’ve been a Friar fan, they have always played up or (especially) down to the quality of their opponent. They blew the doors off of DePaul. At Marquette scares me next week, but hopefully they can keep the momentum going and keep rising in the polls.
 

CouchsideSteve

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Today was validating — 17pt road win, when we were actually mild underdogs. As the post above alludes to, even in the 2016-17 season when the Friars were last ranked, they dropped some baffling games, including a road loss to DePaul.

Friars are 3-0, Marquette 0-3 to start conference play. This is a game we should and need to have.

Damn, it’s fun to root for a good and well-coached team.
 

CouchsideSteve

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Welp, the kids got absolutely rolled against a desperate Marquette team Tue night in Milwaukee. The vibes were awful from the very start. Burn the tapes — no one expected 20-0 in Big East play, anyway.

Today’s noon tip-off hosting St. John’s is a different story. Gotta have it, even with Reeves out due to a broken finger on his non-shooting hand. Watson took himself out of the game against Marquette by going right at their double team; he just needs to play smarter and more efficiently. When you have arguably the strongest, most experienced post player in the conference, he can’t have 4 for 11 nights around the rim.
 

CouchsideSteve

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Wasn’t pretty, but an exceptional response in the second half without the team’s best shooter.

Justin Minaya played all 40 and was phenomenal on D, with some clutch shots too. Durham and Horchler barely sat and weren’t super efficient, but hung tough. And Watson redeemed himself with 21-10.

Until Reeves is back, it’s Minaya, Durham, Watson, and Horchler for as many minutes as they can handle. Bynum and Breed plug in at guard. Croswell subs when Watson needs a blow. 7 dudes, that’s it. Definitely a departure from how Cooley has managed rotations in the past, but the right call.
 

CouchsideSteve

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Did what they had to do, beating a disappointing Georgetown team at home after a week-plus COVID pause.

Friars should be 6-7pt favorites hosting Butler at noon on Sunday, in another game they really ought to have. Hold serve and Providence will be 6-1 through the first third of their conference schedule, leaving some buffer if they slip against the likes of Nova, Xavier or Seton Hall.

Noteworthy that AD Bob Driscoll announced he will retire at the end of the school year. He deserves as much credit as anyone for the improvement of the basketball program — not to mention a men’s hockey national championship and numerous other distinctions — over the last two decades. The new practice facility is truly a game-changer. Between Fr. Shanley and Driscoll, it’s hard to imagine an administrative duo more committed to winning, within the framework that PC operates. Cooley frequently mentioned that he planned to stay as long as those guys stayed put. It does worry me somewhat that the next AD, if it isn’t Nap, might have a different agenda. Some are more focused on fundraising, program image, and personal career advancement. With Driscoll, that was never a concern.
 

HomeRunBaker

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I don’t know anything about Fr. Sicard but having your A.D. “retire” 18 months after your new boss arrives doesn’t speak well to Sicard’s choice being a Cooley guy. If ever Ed decides to take the next step it could very well be coming real soon especially if we make a deep run this spring.