ICYMI- Friars Review

Not a bad week for your Providence Friars. Despite falling to unranked Marquette on a last minute shot, the Friars only fell four spots to the number 12 ranking in the AP Polls.

They then beat Creighton at Century Link in Omaha in a rock fight 50-48. It was one of the worst basketball games I’ve ever watched in my life, but a conference win is a conference win and I’ll take it. The game was so terrible offensively, that Providence scored 18 first half points and were only down by 7. Although Kris Dunn won that game on a buzzer-beater, even that was ugly as the shot hit the back iron before rolling around the rim and falling in. What was Creighton thinking by the way? Guarding the best point guard in the country 1 on 1 with the game on the line, not the best game plan if you ask me.

The Friars are 15-2 and 3-1 in the Big East though, so who’s complaining? Not me. As the week goes by that victory seems to be more and more important. Four top-ten teams lost this week, #1 Kansas, #3 Maryland, #8 Miami, and #9 Duke. So as long as Providence takes care of business against Seton Hall on Saturday, they should be a top-ten team again.

Another bright spot for Providence this week was Kris Dunn being named to the mid-season 1st Team All-American Team and to the early Wooden Award watch list, which is college basketball’s MVP Award. He is currently the only player in the top-ten for assists and steals nationally, averaging 7.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game.

A recent surprise in terms of production, has been freshman Drew Edwards. He did not play very much until late in the non-conference schedule when Dunn missed a few games, but he took advantage of his opportunity and earned his right to play some important minutes once the Big East schedule started. He put up a very important 17 points, with 15 coming in the second half against a resilient Bryant team in a non conference game. And most recently against Creighton, showed his grit with some tough rebounding and finishing through contact. He’s what you call a “gamer” and I think he will be an important part of the team for years to come. Kudos to you, Ed Cooley.

Ben Bentil has continued to show why he’s making a case for the nation’s most improved player as he averaged 24 points and 9 rebounds in two games versus St. Johns and Marquette before dipping slightly in production against Marquette, finishing with 13 points and 8 rebounds in an offensively starved game.

Videos courtesy of FS1 and as always FriarTV.

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