’s Sean Brennan: Cooley at Home at Providence #pcbb

Nice piece by Sean Brennan at with a bunch of good quotes from Coach Cooley.

“I feel very fortunate to be the head coach of Providence College,” said Cooley, now in his third season with the Friars. “Having grown up here in Providence, having seen all the great coaches come through here, I was a Friar fan at birth. I went to the camps here starting with (former Providence coaches) Rick Pitino and Gordie Chiesa and I worked the camps when (former Providence coaches) Rick Barnes and Tim Welsh were here. Being a head coach here really is a dream opportunity. At the end of the day I think jobs are about fit and I think we’re the right fit for one another in this time and place.”

It’s a rare thing when childhood dreams actually come true, even if they are delayed a bit, as was the case for Cooley.

“I wanted to attend Providence College but I wasn’t talented enough” said Cooley, who was a two-time Rhode Island High School Player of the Year at Providence’s Central High before playing collegiately at Stonehill College. “We were brought up on BIG EAST and Providence basketball and being from Providence, there aren’t many people from Providence that aren’t Friars fans. I was probably the biggest Friar fan. I remember Otis Thorpe when he was playing and Ricky Tucker when he played. It’s just a great tradition and for me to be part of this organization, I feel blessed.”


#pcbb Opening Line – PC @ Marquette -5.5

My numbers have this game at pick ’em but that doesn’t take into account home court advantage and other factors like injuries, momentum, tired legs, etc. Even still, Marquette being 5.5 point favorites seems a bit high. I have a feeling this line will drop down to around 2 or 3 points by the time these teams tip-off tomorrow night.

Providence 10-8-1 ATS 2-2 ATS Away
Marquette 7-11 ATS 2-6 ATS Home

Betting Trends

  • Providence 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Providence 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • Providence 0-5 ATS and SU in their last 5 games @ Marquette
  • Marquette 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games
  • Marquette 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games
  • Marquette 5-1 SU in their last 6 home games

Upcoming PC Alumni Gamewatches in Your Area #pcbb

Here are the regional clubs that are hosting Gamewatches for Thursday’s and Saturday’s games. I have attended a few of these and I have to say it’s a lot of fun watching a PC game with other PC alums and also meeting new people who share the common bond of loving the Friars. If you live in any of these areas, I recommend checking these out:

Thursday 1/30/14 vs. Marquette

Providence College Club of Greater Boston

  • The Black Rose 160 State Street Boston, MA 02760
  • Meeting on the 2nd floor at 6pm. Game begins at 7pm
  • Contact Jenn Sheytanian

Providence College Capital Area Alumni Club

  • Penn Social 801 E Street NW Washington, D.C. 20004
  • Contact Brittany McHale 336-416-3647 mchale,

Providence College Club of Long Island

  • Churchill’s Restaurant and Bar 18 South Park Ave Rockville Centre, NY 11570
  • Contact Mike Hopkins ’10

Saturday 2/1/14 vs. DePaul

Providence College Greater Chicago Area Club

  • Harry Caray’s 10233 West Higgins Road Rosemont, IL 60018 – Located in the Holiday Inn & Suites (Chicago-O’Hare) Rosemont Hotel
  • Pre-game reception – Alumni ticket packages are $50/person, which includes food and a game ticket at Allstate Arena. If you already have a game ticket, admission to the reception is $20/person. Children 12 & Under are FREE to the reception but a game ticket must be purchased.
  • Contact Lindsey Rogers 401-865-1909

Providence College Club of New York

  • Session House 1009 2nd Ave New York, NY 10022
  • Contact Mike Hopkins

How #pcbb Can Boost Their RPI Today 1/29/14

Potential for a decent amount of positive RPI movement with 7 games that could affect PC’s RPI on the slate today.

Per Jerry Palm’s “Palm Reader”:

PC’s RPI is now at 42 (was 43) and here’s how PC can boost their RPI today:

#pcbb Links of the Day 1/29/14

@Friarblog FRIARpod by @ChrisTorello11 #pcbb

New episode of FRIARpod from Chris Torello or FriarBroadcaster as you may know him. Chris discusses the recent winning streak and gives his take on the lack of student support along with a few anecdotes from his experience and sharing his own frustrations about some of the reasons he hears for why students attend/don’t attend games. He also talks about how important the upcoming road trip to Marquette and DePaul is for the Friars.


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