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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,...
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....
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For the Love of the Friars: Providence Makes Run at Big East Title

I'm not sure how I'm going to remember this game. There's a part of me that wants to say I'll remember the final 30 seconds of regulation - Kyron Cartwright bringing the ball up, Providence and Villanova tied, and Providence having a chance to win their second Big East Tournament in four years. Will I...
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Party Like it’s 2014: The Friars in the Big East Championship

For many Providence fans, this might feel like deja vu. The Friars were playing in the Big East Tournament with NCAA hopes. They were starting in a tough 4/5 game followed by an even more vital semifinals matchup. The Friars surprised both times and took care of business. This year the Friars pulled it off...
Providence Friars NCAA Tournament

House Money: Providence Takes on Xavier

For the first time in a while (maybe even the entire season) Friar fans are breathing easy knowing that their NCAA Tournament hopes are secured. It took an ugly overtime win against the Creighton Bluejays to do it, but the Friars gutted out baskets and defensive stops when they needed it most. The game was...