Friars Predicted to Finish 12th in Big East

Posted: August 25, 2009 in Big East, ESPN, Rankings

Today ESPN came out with their preseason look at the Big East.  They had this to say about the espn_logoFrairs:

A young lineup gets a boost from the return of Sharaud Curry. The savvy point guard averaged 11 points and 4 assists last season, his first back after a serious knee injury. He gets some backcourt help in the form of Marshon Brooks, a talented sixth man last season. The frontcourt will have growing pains until it gets settled, but redshirts Jamine Peterson and Russ Permenter may help.

Jay Bilas gave his predictions for the league:

12. Providence: Last year brought a new system to a team of veterans, and Providence proved it could score. But the Friars never proved they could stop anyone. With a bunch of experienced seniors, Providence finished in the bottom half of the Big East in almost every defensive measure. Most of the experience is gone, but Marshon Brooks and Sharaud Curry are back. I love Keno Davis’ style, but the Friars have to guard people and rebound to win in the Big East.

images Well this sounds about right to us.  It would be hard to predict the Friars to finish higher than 12th.  We think they will finish better than 12th but given that we lost most of the team, we are in a rebuilding year, and the expectations outside of Rhode Island are not overwhelmingly high. ESPN is right to say that the Friars will experience growing pains in the front court, where they lack both experience and size; however, it will be interesting to see how Greedy and Bilal do coming off of their red shirt seasons and how JUCO transfer Russ Permenter adapts to Big East play.

As far as the back court goes I think Providence will be able to compete with most of the league.  Sharaud is very underrated and Marshon and Brian can both be big factors in any game.  The incoming freshman especially Johnnie Lacy and Vincent Council should be able to provide support as well.

Jay Bilas is one of the leading authorities in college basketball and his analysis of the Friars isn’t that far off.  We need to step up the defense this season and need to be aggressive on the boards.  Coach Keno Davis has brough an exciting style with the potential for great success to PC, but we can’t be giving up as many points as we did last season.

What is comes down to is how the new players adjust to the Big East and how long it takes for that adjustment to take place.  And can they buckle down and play defense in a tough, physical Big East.  The expectations for the Friars aren’t high, but that leaves a lot of room for them to impress a lot of people.

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