Joe Lunardi updated his bracket at ESPN.com on Thursday and Providence remained in his field of 68, though they dropped one seed line since his last update on November 30th. Friar fans might get triggered when they see that Lunardi has Providence facing USC again. Obviously this bracket isn’t even close to Selection Sunday, but I always find it good to keep an eye on where Providence is projected to find themselves in March. At the minimum it provides a look at how the team is being perceived on a national level.
The podcast has a new name! Shout out to Mike Gormley who suggested the name on Twitter last week. The inaugural Providence Friarcast features our full cadre of myself, Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times and Chris Grenham of BigEastCoastBias.com. Despite some technical issues on our first episode together we had a nice chat about the 2K Classic and Providence’s next game against Belmont. I also took a quick look ahead at the Friars game against Boston College on Saturday. Chris also interviewed BarstoolReags, the college basketball writer at barstoolsports.com, over the weekend. Also, check out Reags’ podcast Fundamentally Sound with former Wisconsin player Ben Brust.
Go ahead and give it a listen:
It’s finally time for the ball to go up. The 2017-18 season tips off tomorrow all across the country and with everything that’s been going on off the court it will be nice to finally see some real games take place. After the 2016-17 season ended in early April I wrote a post asking for your help to improve both the site and my coverage of Providence basketball. With the help I received from the wonderful patrons who have signed up over the last 7 months I’ve been able to greatly enhance the site.
The Associated Press released their preseason poll on Wednesday and Providence was among the group of schools who received some votes but not enough to crack the Top 25. The Friars got 34 votes and are ranked 30th by the 84 writers who cast ballots. The Big East has 3 schools inside the Top 25, including league favorite Villanova who is ranked 6th. The Friars’ first opponent at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games is Minnesota who is ranked 15th and Providence’s in-state rival finds themselves two spots in front of the Friars 9 days before the 2017-18 season kicks off across the country.
Here’s how the Big East and Providence’s non-conference opponents fared in this preseason poll:
Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including coverage from Big East Media Day, the return of the PC/UConn rivalry, a shout out to Ed Cooley from Kenpom and more.
Big East Media Day Coverage
Big East Media Day was once again held on the floor at Madison Square Garden for the second year in a row. The league would love to do it every year, but it’s dependent on the other MSG tenants’ schedules, namely the Knicks and Rangers. Kalif Young was supposed to be the fourth Friar player in attendance, but he remains sidelined by headache issues. The quick recap is that Providence was picked 4th in the preseason poll and Kyron Cartwright and Rodney Bullock were named to the preseason Second Team All-Big East.
Friars at Media Day pic.twitter.com/H1TcWGIn19
— Kevin McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33) October 18, 2017
With the NCAA granting waivers for schools to play beyond their 2 exhibition games in the name of hurricane benefit games, Providence and UConn will renew their rivarly, albeit in a game that doesn’t count. Tickets are now on sale for a game between the Friars and Huskies to be played at 7pm at Mohegan Sun on Wednesday, October 25th. Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets range from $10 to $25. “All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to benefit hurricane victims,” per the release sent out by Providence.
The annual event where media meet with the Big East’s coaches and players is upon us on Wednesday. It’s the day when the coach-voted preseason poll is released and fans get more fuel to believe everyone roots against their team — unless you’re team is Villanova. I will be in attendance again this year, so you should follow the site to be informed when I post things and also follow along on Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss out on the All-League teams or what suit Kyron Cartwright goes with this year.
Here are my picks for the preseason poll, All-Big East Teams and the individual preseason awards: