Monday, November 29, 2004

Friars Split Weekend

The Friars beat Michigan in the consolation game of the Pre-season NIT Friday in NYC and lost to the University of Florida on Saturday in Miami. Both games were positives for the Friars as they beat a team they should and lost to their second nationally ranked team in a week playing in consecutive days. The Friars finished "RPI Week" 1-2. Their tough pre-Big East season should prove to be invaluable. The Friars continue to show their depth and resolve. Let's hope we can now start to pile up some wins. Next up is Winthrop followed by in-state rival URI on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Man Up!

Down 18 points in the first half, switching to man defense, Providence forced a huge comeback which eventually closed the margine to 4 points, and switched momentum to the black and white. All of the All-American, Mr. Gomes, and SUPERBREW, were on the verge of MSG lore by posting numbers the likes of Barnes and Murdock, "brewed" up during their reign as nationally recognized cagers. With the Demon Deacons on the verge of "Confession", our "Friar Tuck" mistakingly confused us with the '02 Orangemen and switched to zone. If it ain't broke, don't nix the trend, as Providence's defense held Sensational Sophomore, Chris Paul, to 9 points, as it fumbled away a night's worth of national prominence, for the stubborness of it's Boeheim's protoge.

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Friars to Battle #1 Wake Forest

The Friars are facing #1 Wake Forest in the Semi-final of the preseason NIT tonight at 7:00 at MSG. This marks the tenth time that the Friars are playing the #1 ranked team in the country and the first time since 1985. The Friars have the opportunity to put themselves on the map for the entire season by upsetting a team which many pick to play in the NCAA Final Four. The Friars have the type of lineup and depth that will give a team like Wake a hard time. Let's see if they can pull one off for the ages!

The schedule remains tough for the remainder of the Holiday weekend for the Friars as they take on the winner or loser of the other Semi-final match up (#17 Arizona or Michigan) and #22 Florida in the Orangebowl Classic on Saturday. 3 ranked teams in 4 days is very impressive and will place the Friars high in the RPI for the rest of the season.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Andy Katz Loves Brew

ESPN College Basketball Analyst Andy Katz has named Dwight Brewington as Honorable Mention for player of the week. This team was supposed to be all about Ryan Gomes but Brewington is stealing all the shine early off.
Here is what Andy had to say:
DWIGHT BREWINGTON, Providence: Opened the season with 19 points and five blocks in the NIT comeback win over Niagara before posting 21 points and 10 rebounds in the second-round rout of Penn.

Friars outclass Division II St. Thomas

The Friars beat up on Division II St. Thomas Aquinas 79-48.
The Friars proved for the second consecutive game that division I scholarship players are good. While this author was partying in NYC the Friars won what must have been a snoozer from the beginning. Ryan Gomes and Dwight Brewington pumped in the most points on a night where 9 Friars made it to the scoring column.

The amazing thing about this game is that the attendance out drew the crucial first game of the NIT at the Dunk on Tuesday of last week. Next stop for the Friars is Madison Square Garden for a date with Wake Forest. Sure to be a great start to the Holiday.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Big Apple Bound

The Friars rolled past Penn 89-52 last night at the Dunk on the shoulders of Dwight Brewington's Double-Double performance. Brew scored a career high 21 points and added 10 rebounds. The Friars led from the start and never looked back. With 4 players in double digits and 3 players with 8 points the Friars showed the type of depth that will lead this team to success. Ryan Gomes had a quite night scoring, 10 points, but you could tell he had just as much fun feeding, 8 assists, some of the younger players. Charlie Burch, D-White and Hanke looked promising again.

So this win gets the Friars a trip to MSG and a match up with #2 Wake Forest. The gaurd play of Justin Gray and Chris Paul will give Brew a real test. The Friars are gauranteed a second game at the Garden as there is a consolation game on Friday. Before the Friars head to the Apple they will face off against St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday night.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

ESPN Feature Article on Our Boy

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Andy Katz has written a feature article on Dwight Brewington.
As we all know Brew is hearing impaired. This is a heart warming story which shows how far Brew has come, from wanting to leave school early last year to being a major contributor this year. Let's give our boy an extra long BREEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWW tonight.

Here is the Link to the story:
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=1925009


Friars trying to stamp ticket to NYC

The Friars will be entertaining the Ivy League Penn Quakers at 7:30 tonight at the Dunk. Both teams are 1-0 coming off first round NIT tournament wins. The Friars are 5-3 all time against the Quakers. In the first game of the year Penn posted a 74-60 win against an absolutely pathetic Quinipiac team. They were led by the play of guard and captain Tim Begley and forward Mark Zoller. The Penn Quakers are predicted to finish second in the Ivy league to Princeton. As all the Friar Faithful are aware a win tonight punches a ticket to play in the NIT Tournament Semi-finals at Madison Square Garden against #2 rated Wake Forest, baring a major upset. Friar fans can not stay in the comforts of there own homes to watch this game as there is no TV broadcast so the attendance should be around 10,000. See you tonight and LET'S Go FRIARS!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Captain America Saves The Day

Friars win NIT first round matchup against the Niagra Purple Eagles 83-78 in front of an embarrassing 6,200 fans. Even though this was the first regular season game of the year, it was easy to see that this team will only go as far as Ryan Gomes can carry them.

The Friars came out firing in the first half led by the hot shooting of "Brew you're my boy!" who put in 13 points in the first half. Brew ended the game with a career high 19. Niagra refused to go quietly into the night as they shot 6-14 behind the three point stripe in the first half.

Mid-way through the second half the game seemed all but lost before Coach Welsh made a few key decisions. Welsh brought Kotti back into the game, went to man to man defense and instituted a full court press in the last few minutes of the game. After Welsh's coaching moves the Purples folded like a cheap suit. Perhaps the MAAC contenders were unable to handle the pressure of playing in the Home of the Big East. In the last 37 seconds they had two unforced turnovers and gave the game back to the Friars.

Even though Donnie (7 points, 7 asists), Brew (19 points, 5 blocks) and Kotti (11 points, 4 assists) played well it was Gomes who shined for the ESPN cameras. Gomes' line for the night was simply amazing: 25 points, career high 19 rebounds, and 5 assists while playing the entire 40 minutes. Some encouraging play came from Charlie Burch, Rob McKiver and Gerald Brown. Mr. Potential Randall Hanke had less of an impact then the previous game, but recorded 5 points, 3 rebounds and a block.

Off Topic Notes:
While last night was the second sighting of Fox Point in as many games it may go down as the best sighting. During half time Fox Point wandered into his home ...err...The lounge and confronted an unsuspecting PC student wearing a "He's Back #3" shirt. (By the way, every student in the student section was wearing the same shirt.) The Fox, as we will call him for short, asks what the shirt could possibly mean? The embarrassed student then had to explain how Ryan Gomes, possibly the best player in the country, decided to comeback for his senior year. Fox did not seem amused by the answer he was given as he marched off to the other side of the lounge.
Question is...How can you attend every PC game for the last 2 years and not know who wears #3 for the Friars? Answer is...You must be a career drunk and oblivious to your surroundings, as we suspected was the case with the mighty FOX POINT!

Monday, November 15, 2004

The Dump

Just some quick notes on the Dunk.
The biggest news of the night came from some angry Friar Fans that were overheard at halftime. It appears that the Dunk will not be allowing anyone to go outside and comeback in for any reason. This includes smoking cigarettes or cigars. It sounds like this is going to be a sore spot for some faithful Friar Fans.
Disappointingly it appears as though the redheaded "want to be" announcer is back for another season. You know what that means, more ridiculous Verizon and Ronzio giveaways along with the all so popular GO-FRIARS contest. This guy gets more and more annoying every game. They also introduced a fan free throw contest in between TO's in the first half. The speaker system sounded a little bit better. The concessions prices have not been raised. It seemed as if there were a couple more flat screen TV's around the concession lines. There are a lot more advertisements within the arena. On a positive note both student sections were filled and there were several bus drop offs through out the game.

Friars End Exhibition Schedule with Stomping of Stingers

The Friars pulled away from an overmatched Concordia University team to post a 99- 57 win Saturday night in front of 5,822 fans. The obvious highlight of the game was the outstanding play of Randall Hanke. The 6-10 Freshman center from New York city shined against the undersized Stingers. His final line was 21 points on 10-13 shooting with 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal. While it is unknown how Hanke's play will translate in Big East League play it is known that this kid has potential.

Other newcomers Charlie Burch, Rob "Fluff" Mckiver and DeSean White looked good as they combined for 20 points off the bench. Gomes saw limited touches, McGrath shot the ball well and although Brewington scored 15 he had 6 turnovers in 27 minutes.

So now that the tune ups are over let's get the regular season started on Tuesday with the opening round game of the Pre-season NIT.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

And so it begins!

So this is the first post to my newly created Providence College Friar Basketball blog. I wanted to start by introducing myself and setting some expectations for this blog. My name is Dave. I am a 27 year old guy from Cranston, RI. I have been a life long Friar fan. I am also a season ticket holder in section 240. This blog has been set up to provide Friar fans with information on the 2004-2005 team. I will write commentary and provide links to information for all the dedicated fans of Friar Town. Feel free to write in suggestions. Let's Go Friars!

Gomes picked 6th in AP All-American Voting

The AP has just reported their pre-season All-American team and Ryan Gomes will get tons of motivation from the results. Voting results...Chris Paul (55 votes), Larence Roberts (50 votes), Wayne Simien (50 votes), Julius Hodge (41 votes) and Hakim Warrick (33 votes). Ryan finished 6th in the voting. If I were Mr. Gomes I would be circling the January 15 on my calander. That is the day when Syracuse and Hakim Warrick come to town. This CBS nationally televised game will be a sure way to show Mr. Warrick (again) that Mr. Gomes is the true All-American.


Friars Defeat EA Sports in Exhibition 69-62

The Friars took to the floor of The Dunk for the first time in the 04-05 season. I was unable to attend the game, From what I have heard it was a sleeper at first. The high point of the game seemed to be an amazing block by Dwight "Brew You're My Boy" Brewington. Some other high points were the play of Freshmen Rob McKiver and DeSean White. For more information on this game, including box score please see the following link:
http://friars.collegesports.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/110604aaa.html

Thanks to an NCAA ruling this will be our last exhibition game against these non-collegiate teams. Up Next Concordia U?!?