20 years of Victory: Arizona's 1997 Conquest and Biggie's last verse

Ayo, the sun don’t shine foreverBut as long as we here, we might as well shine togetherBetter now than never… — Puff Daddy, “Victory”Basketball is driven by narratives, adjectives and cliches. It allows us as a country to throw on our old colors and root hard for our alma maters once a year. It allows us to root for teams with whom we never gave a dime the satisfaction...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament First Four 2017: Providence Greeted By Bagpiper

The 2017 NCAA Tournament First Four officially kicks off on Tuesday evening in Dayton, Ohio, so the eight participating teams have been arriving. For the Providence Friars, it took little time to get some special treatment. When the Friars arrived to their team hotel in Dayton, they were greeted by a person bagpipe player. A little bit random, sure, but a whole lot of awesome. Maybe...
Via Campus Sports Net
13 days ago

Brunson helps No. 4 Villanova hold off Providence 66-57

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Jalen Brunson scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 4 Villanova held off Providence 66-57 on Wednesday night to sweep the season series from the Friars. Josh Hart added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (21-2, 8-2 Big East), who led by as many as 13 points in the second half before Providence turned up its defensive pressure and...
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February 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Lindsey hits 4 3s, scores 19 as Providence beats Georgetown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Jalen Lindsey hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, Emmitt Holt scored nine of his 17 in the final 6:01 and Providence pulled away late for a 76-70 win over Georgetown on Wednesday night. Kyron Cartwright and Rodney Bullock added 15 points apiece. Bullock had nine rebounds and five assists. Alpha Diallo converted a 3-point play with 8:53 left...
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January 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Bullock, Providence beat Memphis in Emerald Coast Classic

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) Rodney Bullock scored 18 points and Emmitt Holt added 16 to lead Providence to a come-from-behind 60-51 victory over Memphis on Friday night in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic. The Friars (4-1) play No. 7 Virginia, a 74-41 winner over Iowa, on Saturday in the title game after the two losing teams square off for third place. Memphis (4-1) went...
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November 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Five biggest surprises of 2016 NBA Draft

As expected, Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram were the first two picks of the 2016 NBA Draft. After that, we got more than a few surprises thrown our way. Some where mildly surprising, while others were borderline jaw-droppers. In some cases, the big surprises were who got drafted, or who didn’t. In other cases, the surprise came in the form of a trade. Now that the first round...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Celtics targeting Nerlens Noel in trade talks

The Boston Celtics were a middle-of-the-pack rim protecting team last season, ranking 14th in the NBA in field goal percentage allowed inside five feet. But apparently general manager Danny Ainge wants to do better in that regard. According to a report by Brian Geltzeiler of on Tuesday, the Celtics are targeting Sixers big man Nerlens Noel in trade talks. League...
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June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Sixers love Kris Dunn, may draft him if they acquire another top-5 pick

It looks like Ben Simmons isn’t the only top-rated prospect the Philadelphia 76ers are coveting in this year’s draft. According to a report by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports on Wednesday, the Sixers love Providence guard Kris Dunn and could target him if they acquire another pick in the top five. Hearing Philadelphia absolutely loves Providence's Kris Dunn. Could be Sixers' target...
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June 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Kris Dunn has strict demands for his draft workouts

One of the top players in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft, Kris Dunn, has set up some rather curious demands for teams wanting to work him out. According to Chad Ford of ESPN, Dunn has yet to workout with any NBA team, just over one week before the draft. “He’s refusing to do 1-on-none workouts with teams,” Ford reports. “Will only workout for teams if it’s against Ben Simmons...
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June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

USA Basketball names 25 to Select Team

With the 2016 Rio Olympics creeping up in August, much talk has been surrounding the United States’ International NBA teams, with the biggest news including Steph Curry’s decision to sit out of Rio and LeBron James undecided as to whether he will be a part of this year’s squad. But, one factor that has been decided is the USA Men’s Select Team, which officially announced...
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June 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Providence’s Ben Bentil to stay in NBA Draft

NBA Draft hopefuls have until June 13 to withdraw their name from the draft and return to school for the 2016-17 season. Providence forward Ben Bentil will not be one of those players as he will stay in the draft this year. Bentil knows that he has done just about all he can at Providence and he wants to take his chances in the NBA. He also seemed to like the feedback he received...
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May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Should the Chicago Bulls try to move up in the draft?

Derrick Rose becomes a free agent next summer, and many Chicago Bulls rumors are floating around that there is a chance of him leaving. Personally, I do not think that he would leave, but I do think that the Bulls need a solid back-up point guard. The 2016 NBA Draft could be the place to find one. Aaron Brooks is a good player, but his size lets him be exploited on defense...
May 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Kris Dunn hires agent, declares for NBA Draft

Providence guard Kris Dunn has been one of the best players in the country this year and was a candidate for the John Wooden Award for most of the season. It shouldn’t come a surprise, but he will be entering the NBA Draft this summer. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman confirmed the news on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. Dunn spoke with Goodman and said that he really has no regrets about leaving...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Providence guard Kris Dunn will enter NBA draft

Providence point guard Kris Dunn will reportedly forego his senior season and declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.Dunn, a two-time Big East player of the year, is projected to be a top five pick in many experts' mock drafts.The 6-foot-4 junior averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds this past season.Dunn helped lead the Friars to a...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

How Nutrition and Recovery Maps the Providence Friars' Road To March Madness

March Madness is the most exciting, intense four weeks in college basketball. The best teams in the country have year-round preparation strategies via proper nutrition, weight training programs, and a grueling practice schedule designed to earn a ranking among the Top 25 in the nation amongst the hundreds of Division I schools. From the start of the late springtime recruiting season...
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March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Friars relying on Dunn-Bentil duo vs. top-seeded Tar Heels

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil have been the high-scoring 1-2 punch powering Providence's offense all year, guiding the Friars to another 20-win season and their first NCAA Tournament win in nearly two decades. The challenge now is to put up enough big numbers for the ninth-seeded Friars to have a shot at upsetting No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Tar Heels' home state...
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March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Providence beats USC on layup for first tourney win since 1997

RALEIGH, N.C. — Rodney Bullock hit a layup with 1.5 seconds left and Providence beat Southern California 70-69 on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.Ben Bentil scored 19 points and Bullock finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the ninth-seeded Friars (24-10) earn their first win in the tournament since 1997. They will face top-seeded North Carolina...
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March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Providence beats USC on last-second shot

The Providence Friars started to slip late in the regular season, but there was really never any doubt that they would make the NCAA Tournament. They went in as a No.9 seed against the No. 8 seed USC Trojans and came away with their first tournament win since 1997. The Trojans had every chance in the world to put the Friars away late in the game. Providence guard Kris Dunn hit a...
Via Campus Sports Net
March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Providence beats Southern Cal 70-69 on Bullock's late layup

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Rodney Bullock hit a layup with 1.5 seconds left and Providence beat Southern California 70-69 on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Ben Bentil scored 19 points and Bullock finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the ninth-seeded Friars (24-10) earn their first win in the tournament since 1997. They will face top-seeded North Carolina...
Via AP on Fox
March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Providence beats USC with backdoor play on in-bounds in final seconds

Oh my, what a way to win for the Providence Friars and what a way to lose for the USC Trojans as the Friars advance to the second round….. The post Watch: Providence beats USC with backdoor play on in-bounds in final seconds appeared first on The Student Section.
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March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

USC vs. Providence – Game Time, TV Channel, Announcers, Betting Line, Predictions

Twitter/@PCAthletics It took a few years, but Andy Enfield has taken the USC Trojans to the NCAA Tournament. USC, which finished sixth in the Pac-12 regular season and sits at 21-12, was seeded eighth in the East Region. They face the Providence Friars out of the Big East, led by one of the top guards in college basketball: Kris Dunn. The nine-seed Friars finished fourth in the...
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March 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Bentil scores 38, Providence beats Butler in Big East tournament

NEW YORK — Providence quickly figured out that all Ben Bentil needed was the ball.The 6-foot-9 sophomore scored 38 points with an impressive array of power moves and long jumpers, leading the Friars to a 74-60 victory over Butler in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals Thursday."That was a great offensive display. I haven't seen that in a long, long time in our league," Providence...
Via AP on Fox
March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Providence-Villanova Preview

Villanova and Providence are the last two Big East tournament champions but only one will get the chance to add another. For the second straight year, the third-ranked Wildcats will meet the Friars with a berth in the conference title game on the line Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Villanova (28-4) is trying to claim both the regular-season and conference tournament championships...
Via AP on Fox
March 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Big City Bentil: Providence Forward Scores 38 as Friars Advance to Semifinals

Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil Had a Combined 53 Points vs Butler/usatodaysports.comby Josh Adams@NCAAHoopsDigestOn the biggest stage, in front of the national TV cameras, Providence forward Ben Bentil put on a show for the ages at Madison Square Garden on Thursday afternoon. The forward scored a school Big East Tournament record 38 points as the Friars advanced to the semifinals to take...
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March 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Providence's Kris Dunn selected Big East player of the year

NEW YORK (AP) Kris Dunn of Providence is the Big East player of the year for the second straight season. Seton Hall's Kevin Willard and Villanova's Jay Wright have been selected co-coaches of the year while Marquette's Henry Ellenson has been voted freshman of the year. The voting of the league's coaches was announced Wednesday. Dunn, a 6-foot-3 junior, is fourth in the conference...
Via AP on Fox
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss
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