Providence head coach Ed Cooley gave an update on his injured Friars during Thursday’s Big East media call. Cooley his players are still “hobbling and getting some treatment.” When asked to provide specific updates on Kyron Cartwright — who played against DePaul on Tuesday night after missing the second half against Creighton last Saturday — and Jalen Lindsey — who did not play against DePaul after injuring his hand at the end of the Creighton game — Cooley termed both players as game-time decisions.
Cartwright has been hampered by knee tendinitis, off and on, since the fall. He was held out of Providence’s closed door scrimmage against Northeastern in early November but the issue only caused him to miss extended game time in-season for the first time on Saturday against Creighton when he only played 12 first half minutes in Providence’s loss to the Bluejays. Cartwright did play 32 minutes against DePaul on Tuesday night but did appear to not be 100% healthy. He finished the game with 5 points, 7 assists and 5 turnovers.
Lindsey wore a brace on his hand on the Providence bench Tuesday night in Chicago but never got on the floor. It appears he could be in jeopardy of missing his second straight game. Lindsey is a key cog for Cooley because of the way he has developed into a lockdown defender and he’s shooting 45.5% from beyond the arc so far this season.
Should Cartwright not be able to go his replacement in the starting lineup would be freshman Maliek White who played a career-high 20 minutes after Cartwright sat out the second half of Providence’s game against Creighton. Freshman Alpha Diallo started in place of Lindsey in Providence’s last game out against DePaul and he would be in line for his second career start should Lindsey not be able to play on Saturday.
Cooley indicated during the media call that his players were given yesterday off from practice but he and his coaching staff are “trying to keep our players up and positive.” Cooley hopes to “get some more energy and confidence playing at home’ against Seton Hall on Saturday. The Friars are 11-7 overall and 1-4 in Big East play. Seton Hall comes to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with a record of 12-4, including a 2-2 mark in league play. Both teams are coming off a road loss. The game will be televised on FSN at 12pm.
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