Big East Tournament

Providence coach Ed Cooley
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John Rooke
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
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John Rooke
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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John Rooke
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
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John Rooke
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
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John Rooke
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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WEEI
March 10, 2018 - 10:59 pm
By John Rooke The finish line was right there. But as it sometimes happens in the auto racing world, your car can run out of gas before you get there. Providence played into a 3rd overtime for a 3rd straight night in the 2018 Big East Tournament – the first time in the 39-year history of the league...
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WEEI
March 09, 2018 - 11:36 pm
By John Rooke Hope you didn’t turn that one off early. If you did, you might have missed one for the ages. Big East regular season champ and top-seed Xavier flexed its sizeable muscle early and often against the Providence Friars Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York. But one thing they...
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WEEI
March 08, 2018 - 10:06 pm
By John Rooke Nothing like a close call to put a little madness right into March, is there? Potentially fighting for their postseason lives against the Creighton Blue Jays at Madison Square Garden in New York Thursday, Providence managed to dig deep when it counted most – in overtime – to overcome...
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WEEI
March 07, 2018 - 4:30 pm
By John Rooke Should there be any surprise that to the victors, go the spoils? Xavier is the first team not named Villanova to win the Big East regular season title since the league went through shape-shifting five years ago. From a national perspective, it’s no longer the Villanova Invitational-...
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WEEI
March 06, 2018 - 1:06 pm
By John Rooke Yes, it’s quite possible that for many New Englanders (or more specifically, Bostonians) March Madness is but a fleeting moment on the way to sunnier days at Fenway Park, heated spring-time moments inside TD Garden, and a minor distraction before OTA’s and training camp return for the...
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