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Villanova’s Josh Hart is Big East Player of the Year, Butler’s Holtmann COY

The Big East held their annual awards ceremony this afternoon at Madison Square Garden ahead of the league’s postseason tournament that begins later tonight. The results weren’t overly shocking.

Villanova’s Josh Hart, a finalist for the Wooden Award, was named the Big East’s Player of the Year. Hart is the fourth Villanova player to win this award and the first since Ryan Arcidiacono shared the award with Kris Dunn in 2015. Other Villanova winners were Randy Foye (2006) and Kerry Kittles (1995).

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The Official 2017 Big East Postseason Awards

Awards season in college basketball is just heating up with the regular season less than a week old in the major conferences. The Big East announced their All-League teams on Sunday and some of their individual awards on Monday. The big awards will be announced at 4:30pm ET Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, which is a couple hours before the Big East Tournament tips off. Here are my official 2017 Big East Postseason Awards. Hold your applause till the end, please.

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Providence’s Kyron Cartwright is Big East’s Most Improved Player

For the second straight season the Providence Friars are home to the Big East’s Most Improved Player. Kyron Cartwright was chosen by the league’s coaches as the 2016-17 Big East Most Improved Player a day after being named a Second Team All-Big East performer in his junior season with the Friars. Cartwright is the fourth player in school history to win this award and he’s the third player coached by Ed Cooley to do so.  Previous winner include Ben Bentil (2016), Kadeem Batts (2013) and Herbert Hill (2007).

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Big East Announces 2016-17 All League Teams


Andrew Chrabascz, Butler, F, Sr., 6-7, 230, Portsmouth, R.I.
*Marcus Foster, Creighton, G, Jr., 6-3, 210, Wichita Falls, Tex.
*Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, F, Jr., 6-10, 240, Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic
*Jalen Brunson, Villanova, G, So., 6-2, 190, Lincolnshire, Ill.
*Josh Hart, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-5, 215, Silver Spring, Md.
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, G, Jr., 6-6, 205, Indianapolis, Ind,


Kelan Martin, Butler, F, So., 6-7, 220, Louisville, Ky.
Justin Patton, Creighton, F, Fr., 7-0, 230, Omaha, Neb.
Rodney Bullock, Providence, F, Jr., 6-8, 225, Hampton, Va.
Kyron Cartwright, Providence, G, Jr., 5-11, 185, Compton, Calif.
Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-4, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y.


Rodney Pryor, Georgetown, G, Gr., 6-5, 205, Evanston, Ill.
Kris Jenkins, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-6, 235, Upper Marlboro, Md.


*Kamar Baldwin, Butler, G, Fr., 6-0, 170, Winder, Ga.
*Justin Patton, Creighton, F, Fr., 7-0, 230, Omaha, Neb.
Markus Howard, Marquette, G, Fr., 5-11, 175, Chandler, Ariz.
*Marcus LoVett, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-0, 175, Fort Wayne, Ind.
*Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-1, 165, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-5, 205, Wilmington, Del.

Release from Providence Athletics:

Providence’s Kyron Cartwright And Rodney Bullock Named All-BIG EAST Second Team

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — It was announced on Sunday, March 5 that Providence College juniors Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) and Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. It marks the fourth consecutive season that the Friars have placed two players on the All-BIG EAST Teams.

Cartwright and Bullock joined Butler’s Kelan Martin, Creighton’s Justin Patton, and Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington on the All-BIG EAST Second Team. The conference’s head coaches choose the all-conference teams. The coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Cartwright leads the league in assists in overall action (6.8 apg) and he led in conference play (6.2 apg.). He also ranks third in the nation in assists per game. In addition, he is averaging 11.3 points per game and 3.5 rebounds. Cartwright finished the season leading the league in assists in conference play to mark the fifth time in the last six seasons that a Friar has led the BIG EAST in assists in conference play. The other three Friars that have led the league in assists in the last six years were Kris Dunn in 2016 (7.7 apg), Bryce Cotton in 2014 (6.1 apg), and Vincent Council in 2013 and 2012 (7.2 apg and 8.0 apg). Other Friars who led the league in assists in conference play were God Shammgod in 1997 (6.8 apg), Abdul Abdullah in 1994 (7.3 apg) and Ricky Tucker in 1983 (6.3 apg). For the season, Cartwright has 211 assists in 31 games this season. He is just the 12th players in the history of Friar basketball to register 200 or more assists in a season. He has registered 10 or more assists five times this season, including 12 assists twice.

Bullock leads the team in scoring (16.1 ppg). He also leads the squad in rebounding (6.4 rpg). Bullock ranks 10th in the league in scoring and fifth in rebounding. He has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week once (Dec. 5) and has been named to the league’s Honor Roll six times. Bullock has recorded a team-best five double-doubles this season. He has scored 20 or more points nine times this season, including a career-high 36 points in a win versus New Hampshire on November 30.

The Friars finished the regular season with a 20-11 mark overall and a 10-8 record in BIG EAST play. Providence earned the third seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and will play No. 6 seed Creighton on Thursday, March 9 at 9:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

Big East TV Schedule Announced for March 4th

The Big East announced the TV network schedule for the final Saturday of action on March 4th during the league’s media call on Thursday. When the season schedule was initially announced the network placement of these final 5 league contests were left up in the air between FOX and FS2. All 10 Big East teams are in action on the final day of the regular season and here is where you can watch your team play:


  • 12:00pm – Villanova at Georgetown
  • 2:30pm – Seton Hall at Butler


  • 12:00pm – Providence at St. John’s
  • 2:30pm – Creighton at Marquette


  • 2:00pm – Xavier at DePaul

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Cooley: Kyron Cartwright, Jalen Lindsey Will Be Game-time Decisions Saturday

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.

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Rodney Bullock Named Big East Player of the Week 12/5/16

For the first time in his career Rodney Bullock has been named the Big East Player of the Week. Bullock scored a career-high 36 points on Wednesday against New Hampshire and followed that up by scoring 17 points against then 21st-ranked Rhode Island on Saturday. Bullock also pulled down 11 rebounds and shot 46.2% from beyond the arc in Providence’s two games.

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