ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan: College Basketball Bubble Watch #pcbb

Eamonn Brennan has his latest Bubble Watch through Monday’s games. Here is how he views the Big East:

Big East Conference
Work left to do: XavierGeorgetownProvidence

This is the first edition of the Bubble Watch to cover the new-look Big East, which means it’s the first to not have, like, 12 bubble teams to work through in any given set. It’s jarring! (But also kind of nice.)

Xavier [16-7 (6-4), RPI: 46, SOS: 51] The Musketeers’ win over Cincinnati back on Dec. 14 wasn’t just a nice little mini-upset in a heated local rivalry game. It was the distinguishing win on this team’s profile. The next-best victories are over Tennessee (Xavier also lost to the Vols on a neutral court), Providence, St. John’s, Georgetown and Wake Forest. Meh. Throw in losses to USC and Seton Hall, and you’ve got yourself a pretty good team with an underwhelming CV.

Georgetown [15-9 (6-6), RPI: 52, SOS: 24] It was easy to write the Hoyas off a few weeks ago, and maybe we still should. But the Feb. 1 win over a depleted and exhausted Michigan State team at least keeps them in the conversation, which is surprising, since this is a suspension-riddled version of the same team that lost to Northeastern (RPI No. 218!) in November.

Providence [16-9 (6-6), RPI: 53, SOS: 60] While the Musketeers would probably be in the tournament if the field were seeded today, Providence doesn’t even have that much going for it. The Friars’ only big win (against Creighton) came at home; their only road win against a top-100 opponent was at St. John’s. Their home game on Feb. 18 against Villanova will be a big, big fixture.


ESPN Recruiting Nation – Roundtable: Non-top 50 impact players #pcbb

Interesting piece on those members of the 2014 class that are currently outside the top 50 in the rankings that will have an impact immediately next season at their respective schools. Contributions in the article are from ESPN’s Recruiting Nation staff of Paul Biancardi, Adam Finkelstein, Joel Francisco, Reggie Rankin and John Stovall:

Freshmen have been the talk of this college basketball season, and while the likes ofAndrew WigginsJabari ParkerJoel Embiid, and Julius Randle have all been as good as advertised, there have certainly been plenty of surprises as well.

Tyler Ennis rose up the rankings to the No. 20 spot in the final ESPN 100 of 2013, but few could have predicted that he would this good this early for Syracuse.

Then there are those like Texas’ Isaiah Taylor, Kansas State’s Marcus Foster, and Villanova’s Josh Hart, freshmen who have exceeded the prevailing expectations at the time of their signings and have made an immediate impact.

In some cases, these contributions can be more predictable than others, such as when there is an immediate opportunity or a particularly good fit with the program’s style of play. With that in mind, we asked our team of RecruitingNation experts to look ahead and identify one current ESPN 100 prospect outside of the top 50 who they believe can make a notable immediate contribution.

Reggie Rankin: I think center Paschal Chukwu (Westport, Conn./Fairfield College Prep), a Providence signee, will be a player outside of the top 50 that will make an immediate impact next season as a college freshman. The No. 61 player brings Friars coach Ed Cooley an immediate rim protector on the defensive end of the floor with his length. The 7-foot-1 Chukwu’s mobility and shot-block timing on or away from the ball is a thing of beauty. He is also a very active and productive rebounder. His defense is clearly ahead of his offense, but Chukwu will develop his already soft touch once he arrives on the Providence campus. Adding strength should be at the top of his to-do list in addition to his offensive development, but make no mistake about it: Chukwu will make opponents think twice about challenging him at the rim.

Cox Sports: PC goalies Nick Ellis and Jon Gillies unmasked on FRIARS ALL ACCESS #pcbb

PC goalies Nick Ellis and Jon Gillies unmasked on FRIARS ALL ACCESS

Watch PC Mens’ Hockey vs. UConn, on February 11th, televised “live” from Schneider Area 7pm on OSN channel 5, 1005 HD (Cox Cable) and streamed “live” at

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How #pcbb Can Boost Their RPI Today 2/11/14

Like PC’s fast falling NCAA tournament hopes, the 3 games  for RPI boostability last night for the Friars went 0-3. PC’s RPI is now at 54 (was 50).

A new portion of this daily post will include the 10 teams with the biggest impact (5 positive plus PC themseleves, 5 negative) on PC’s RPI. This value is via RPI Forecast. For an explanation of this value, click here.

Top 5 Negative

Team Conf Curr Wgt Fut Wgt Curr W/L Exp W/L Curr Impact Exp Impact ▾
Maine AE 2.22 1.70 19.05 20.22 -1.38 -1.01
Boston College ACC 2.17 1.67 23.81 24.20 -1.14 -0.86
Fairfield MAAC 2.13 1.67 21.74 24.27 -1.20 -0.86
DePaul BE 2.63 4.08 43.48 40.27 -0.34 -0.79
Marist MAAC 2.17 1.69 40.91 39.64 -0.39 -0.35

Top 5 Positive

Team Conf Curr Wgt Fut Wgt Curr W/L Exp W/L Curr Impact Exp Impact ▴
Providence BE 26.29 26.31 64.00 60.53 7.36 5.54
Villanova BE 2.63 4.10 90.91 87.82 2.15 3.10
Creighton BE 2.67 4.07 86.36 83.39 1.94 2.72
Xavier BE 4.57 4.07 70.00 64.18 1.83 1.15
St. John’s BE 4.62 4.08 63.64 61.98 1.26 0.98
Massachusetts A10 2.22 1.72 81.82 78.12 1.41 0.97

No games tonight for PC to get some RPI assistance.

Per Jerry Palm’s “Palm Reader”:


#pcbb Links of the Day 2/11/14

Game Recaps:

General News

Rapid Reaction: Season Hanging By a Thread

Bryce Cotton did about all he could tonight with 19 points in the last 7 minutes of the first half to give PC a 6 point halftime lead. It seemed like everyone else was doing their best to give this game to Georgetown, including the referees at times. I haven’t seen that many uncalled travels not in an NBA game in I don’t know how long. Henton was largely absent from the offensive end and Batts, while playing well in spurts after sitting the majority of the first half with foul trouble, missed some easy shots near the hoop. That was a similar story for Desrosiers.

In a game the Friars absolutely needed to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive, everyone not named Cotton really didn’t show up. Cotton finished with a game high 31 points and only two other Friars finished in double figures (Batts 14, Harris 13). PC will likely have to do something wild to get into the Big Dance at this point (i.e. beat Villanova at the Dunk and Creighton in Omaha).

Final Score

Providence 71
Georgetown 83

Game Notes & Preview: PC at Georgetown 2/10/14 #pcbb

Where: Verizon Center – Washington, DC

When: 7:00pm

How: Fox Sports 1/WEEI 103.7 FM

Game Notes

  • Including their game on January 8th at the Dunk, the all time series is now 43-20 in favor of the Hoyas.
  • Providence’s win earlier this season snapped an 8 game losing streak vs. Georgetown
  • The Friars have only won 4 times in Washington, DC
  • Bryce Cotton is 2nd in the Big East in scoring (20.8 ppg) and Markel Starks is 5th (16.9 ppg)
  • Bryce Cotton is 1st in the Big East in assists (5.9 apg) and Markel Starks is 6th (4.0 apg)
  • Kadeem Batts is 4th (7.7 rpg) and LaDontae Henton is 5th (7.4 rpg) in the Big East in rebounds while Nate Lubick is 10th (6.0 rpg)
  • Line opened at PC +4.5

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