John Rooke

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    Stew Milne/USA Today Sports
    March 20, 2019 - 9:56 am
    The postseason for Providence basketball was a lot like a visit to the tax preparer’s office – brief, and no one really wants to be there. Except for the tax preparer, of course. Arkansas was only too happy to hang around the Dunkin Donuts Center Tuesday night to take what the Friars would give...
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    Jim Brown/USA Today Sports
    March 18, 2019 - 3:06 pm
    The National Invitational Tournament has been roasted, toasted and generally lambasted since being relegated to second-class status more than 50 years ago. The one-time, true national collegiate basketball championship is more often referred to these days as the “Not Interested Tournament.” It...
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    Providence coach Ed Cooley
    Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports
    March 17, 2019 - 9:53 pm
    At the beginning of the season, the NIT wasn’t exactly the postseason tournament Providence figured to get into. After all, out of the 10 Big East schools, only PC, Villanova and Xavier had reached each of the previous five NCAA tournaments since the league reconfigured itself before the beginning...
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    Paul Rutherford/USA Today Sports
    March 15, 2019 - 3:16 pm
    Thinking out loud…while wondering if we can ever turn off life’s constant ebb-and-flow, if even for just a minute… Happy “$4-billion-in-corporate-losses-due-to-unproductive-workers-during-March-Madness” Week! The surprises in the Big East Tournament this week haven’t measured up – yet – to the...
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    Providence coach Ed Cooley
    Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports
    March 14, 2019 - 5:34 pm
    It sounded like a plan, at the least. Take some of the energy and momentum from a Wednesday night blowout win over Butler – turn it around in about 10 hours’ time and then and use it to your advantage against the regular season conference champs from Villanova. Only one problem with that scenario,...
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    Providence coach Ed Cooley
    Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports
    March 13, 2019 - 10:05 pm
    The problem with the Providence Friars this season has been mostly on the offensive end. Sometimes sluggish to start games, unable to finish plays, not really able to shoot the ball from the perimeter with any consistency. Except that none of those issues made an appearance on the Madison Square...
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    Paul Rutherford/USA Today Sports
    March 12, 2019 - 11:52 am
    Yes, it was a nutty year. Up was down, down was up, home was away, good was bad, Cats beat Dogs and…well, you get the idea. But just because the regular season in the Big East was as wild and precocious as any in the previous five years of the reconfigured league – and perhaps beyond those years,...
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    Providence coach Ed Cooley
    Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports
    March 11, 2019 - 1:32 pm
    There is an adage in sports – college basketball, especially – that says simply “it’s hard to beat a team three times in a year.” First of all, that may be true if you’re playing a team for a 3rd time in a single season. It may also have more to do with the quality of that opponent, however, than...
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    Providence coach Ed Cooley
    Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports
    March 10, 2019 - 9:05 pm
    Madison Square Garden has been good to Providence Basketball over the past few years. It will need to be extraordinarily friendly this week for the Friars to earn a sixth straight invitation to the Big Dance the following week. Following a 17-14 regular season record (7-11 in Big East play), the...
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    Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports
    March 08, 2019 - 11:13 pm
    Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to ol’ Billy Clyde Puckett… Tweet of the Week I, from former PC assistant, RIC and UMaine head man @CoachBobWalsh: “Good teams are compliant and do what they are told. Elite teams take ownership and refuse to let their teammates down. A coach’s...
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