Daniel James

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Providence Friars Basketball

PC Friars: Yes, We’ve Been Here Before.

Well, that didn't go as planned for the Providence Friars. After riding high momentum from the out of conference closeout, I thought the Friars had found their groove. Given their strong finish and the lineup of Big East opponents to start conference play, I didn't think it unreasonable for the Friars to start off with...
Providence Friars basketball

New Year’s Resolutions for the PC Friars (and Friar Fans)

I've never been much of a New Year's resolution type person. Maybe it's the idea that making a promise to myself that I won't care about in two weeks seems like a waste of energy. Or it could be because, come January 1, I can never get a workout in at my gym because...
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How to Be an Emotionally Stable Friars Fan After UMass

At one point during the Friday night matchup between the Providence Friars and UMass Minutemen, I grabbed my Nintendo Switch and started playing the new Super Smash Bros. game. It wasn't that I didn't want to watch the Friars - on the contrary, I'd been looking forward to this Friday night game since Providence took...
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PC Friars vs. URI Rams Rivalry: The Fans Speak

What makes a college basketball rivalry? I've thought about this question a lot in context of the rivalry between the Providence Friars and the Rhode Island Rams. I've thought about what makes this rivalry great. Is it the long history between these two programs? Is the rivalry made great because of the recent successes of...
Providence Friars 2018 season

Five Friars Early Season Observations, Opportunities and Obstacles

After an offseason filled with speculation, optimism, and uncertainty, the Providence Friars officially returned to the court in a victory over Siena. The win was followed by a close loss to Wichita State, where the Friars couldn't regain control of the game after losing an early lead to the WuShock. In both victory and defeat,...

Providence vs Wichita St: What I’m Excited to See

Well friends, it's that time of the year again. Friar basketball has returned and so have I. It's time for another season of insights, reflections, and discussion about the Providence Friars, their season, and their opponents. This Friday the Friars take on the Wichita State Shockers, so I broke down what I'm looking forward to seeing,...
Big East Conference

The Big East is Not the “Villanova and The Rest” Conference

On St. Patrick's Day Weekend I did two things: watched the Chicago River turn from mud-green to Ninja Turtle toxic green, and I binge-watched the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. It was during this weekend that I saw two number one seeds go down. The first was the historic Virginia-UMBC upset that saw...

Is This the Most Busted Bracket Ever?

There have always been a few constants in life: death, taxes, and a 16-seed in the NCAA Tournament losing to a 1-seed. It was the bracket equivalent of a free space for every person. The first thing you did, automatically, advance your four 1-seed teams to the Round of 32. And then the University of...
Providence Friars 2018 NCAA Tournament

A Short March for the Friars, But A Memorable Season

In a season of extreme highs and lows, the one-and-done effort from the 2018 Providence Friars almost feels like an anti-climatic ending that the Friars didn't deserve. With 2:06 left in the game and the Friars down 10, Nate Watson was assessed with a Flagrant 1 foul. This was a call that caused fans of...

Who are the Most Likely Cinderellas in this Year’s Tournament?

On second thought, the "Cinderella team" in the NCAA Tournament may be a better term than originally thought. Sure, we think about the term Cinderella in a cutesy way - 'oh, look at this team surpassing expectations despite seeming inferior to the Goliath's of March!' - but I think there's a better association behind it....