Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 1/10/12
The Providence Friars are still fighting for their first Big East win. Ed Cooley’s teams was 11-2 before starting conference play, but have since dropped four games in a row. Cooley is a perfect example that shows how much coaching really matters. He has drastically improved this Friars program in just his first season. Cooley had an overall record of 92-69 in four seasons at Fairfield University. The Friars have already matched their win total for last season. The Cards are 11-5 all time against Providence and have won 10 of the last 11 meetings. That one loss came last year on 1/22/11 at Providence when Marshon Brooks scored 27 points, making 4-of-7 three-pointers, to lead the Friars to a 72-67 win. That was the only time Providence has beaten a Rick Pitino coached team. Pitino coached the Friars from 1985-1987 and has a 7-1 record against his former team.   The Friars are led by 6-2 junior guard Vincent Council who is averaging 16 points and 4 rebounds per game. Council is playi...
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