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John Rooke
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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John Rooke
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
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John Rooke
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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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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Evan Marinofsky
December 26, 2018 - 4:08 pm
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl between the Boston College Eagles and No. 23 Boise State Broncos was canceled due to lightning Wednesday afternoon. There was a delay that lasted an hour and 20 minutes before the game was called. The game, which was being played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas...
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Ryan Hannable
December 11, 2018 - 5:15 pm
Steve Addazio will be the face of the Eagles for the years to come. Boston College announced Tuesday Addazio has signed a two-year extension, meaning he's signed through 2022. "After every season we evaluate all aspects of our programs to make sure they are aligned with the core mission and...
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