It’s Dec. 19, and conference play is just 10 days away. We’ve learned a lot so far from the non-conference portion of the schedule, with plenty more to learn in the coming weeks. However, I have some questions and comments about what I’ve seen so far from the Big East.
On February 14, at a pinked out Dunkin Donuts Center, the Providence Friars defeated Villanova, then the second ranked team in the nation. The Wildcats were stunned as the Providence student section stormed the court in celebration of the upset win.
Xavier head coach Chris Mack talked to the media on Providence’s strategy in the second half, and how his team is shifting their focus towards the NCAA Tournament.
Xavier is not only the best team in the Big East, but one of the best teams in the country. After a dominant victory over St. John’s yesterday, the Muskateers had a great start against the Friars in the Big East Tournament Semifinals. But, that didn’t last long.
The Big East conference has been turned upside down as of late, and the Providence Friars taking down #3 Villanova at The Dunk on Wednesday night was just another example of what’s been going on in conference play.
Tonight, the Providence Friars welcome the #3 ranked Wildcats from Villanova to The Dunk. Ed Cooley needs a big win from the Friars to secure another at large bid, and it very well could happen.
Founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, Providence Rhode Island is filled with rich history. The small city 170,000 people call home is both old and modern. With institutions like Brown and RISD it’s hard not to get caught up in how intellectual the city is. Don’t let this swanky city fool you though. Providence is a basketball town.