Providence Basketball Team Seeks Solid Start in Exhibition

By Merlisa
Matt Cashore-US Presswire

When the Providence Friars host the Assumption College Greyhounds in an exhibition tomorrow night, they hope it’s a first step up, from the bottom.

Friars second-year coach Ed Cooley took offense last week when his team was picked to finish dead last in the preseason Big East Conference coaches poll.

Cooley told reporters that when his players found out about the pick that they were going to want to “bite some a**es off”.  Ouch!

Friars kick’n butt?  Say what?

If they want to emerge from the least of the Big East, the Friars better put on a better show than they did in last year’s exhibition against Assumption.

Last year they beat Assumption 64-51, a victory embarrassingly close for a Big East school taking on a Division II foe. Providence scored just two field goals in the game’s opening 11 minutes and led by just one late in the second half.

Assumption is a tiny school about the size of Georgetown’s pep band.  The Greyhounds play in the Northeast 10 Conference, made up of small schools in New England.

The Friars were 8-0 against New England opponents last season, scoring wins over Fairfield, Holy Cross, Brown, Boston College, Bryant, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

But their goal is not to lord over New England.  They want to return to the days when they were the beast in the Big East.  That was way back in the 1980s.  Hey, big hair and bright suits are back.  Why not the Friars?

“I like when people overlook us,” Cooley told reporters. “I love the ‘us against the world’ mentality. I want guys that are edgy, pissed off…those are my kind of guys.”


Merlisa covers Georgetown and Big East basketball.  Please follow her on Twitter: @merlisa


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