Mattyoshow’s PC Friars Mumbles: 2.20.24 Edition

For all of the Oshow followers out there, I’m going to give you a heads up before you start reading this post. I’m not happy with what’s been going down in Friartown lately, so if you’re ready to read some crap about how the Villanova loss didn’t matter because they played hard than you’re in the wrong place. Here’s what’s been running through my head about the PC Friars over the past few weeks…

-Here’s one way to start a post: Bryce Cotton is overrated. Yup, I said it. He may go unnoticed nationally, but he’s overrated locally. Yes, Bryce can score, but so could Marshon. Yes, Bryce made the Sportscenter top 10 a couple of nights ago, but so did Rob Sanders back in his day. As a point guard, Bryce Cotton just isn’t that good. When the offense runs through him, it’s stagnant. When we need to convert a big bucket, he rarely makes the right decision. When we should work the ball down low, he takes a deep three. When we need a deep three, Bryce forces a pass down low. Yes, there are more problems on this team than Bryce Cotton, but in my eyes, he is one of them.

-I really started to think that Josh Fortune was turning a corner. He has been much more efficient offensively over the past several games. He was making better decisions with the ball, and working harder to get open off of the ball. He was even asserting himself defensively. And then Josh Fortune committed 7 turnovers in Tuesday’s game against Villanova, threw away two critical passes in double overtime, and officially earned himself a permanent spot on my shit list…right next to Marshon Brooks and Joe Young.

-Tyler Harris should have his scholarship revoked. All I keep hearing from Scottie and his other bandwagon buddies is that Harris is still young and he’s essentially a freshman because he didn’t really play in his first season at NC State. Guess what…I don’t care. His basketball IQ is about as good as Scottie’s knowledge base about anything sports related (which is essentially 0)! The kid just can’t make a good decision. I’m sick of his juvenile shit. Revoke the scholarship and get him outta town!

-Kadeem Batts is the best NBA prospect on this team. The guy battles down low. He’s finally learned how to utilize his body and girth underneath. He has a pretty good mid range jumper which has only improved over the past 4 years. Kadeem is the real deal and I hope he starts to get some looks in the league.

-Lee Goldsbrough is about as useful as a piece of gum on the bottom of your shoe in the middle if August.

-Brice Kofane isn’t much better.

-I don’t really understand Carson Desrosiers’ lack of playing time. I know he gets himself into foul trouble on occasion. However, you can’t tell me that he isn’t more useful than Tyler Harris. At least Carson tries to play defense. I say we put Desrosiers in the starting 5, bump everyone down a spot and really start to limit Tyler Harris’ minutes.

-If the Friars want any shot at the tournament they need to win out and then make some waves in the Big East tournament. However, with how PC plays on the road, it’s much more likely that they shit their pants over the next 4 games and miss the NIT.
-I’ve always considered myself and optimist when it came to the Friars. Ask anyone. Talk to Scottie. Talk to my fellow friar faithful CV. I’ve always thought that the Friars could win every game that they’ve played. Yet, this team has sucked the life outta me. I’m done with PC basketball. The constant crushing defeats have worn me out. I just can’t do it anymore…

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Brother to Brother: Episode 3

In this edition of Brother to Brother, I present the topics, and Big Bro responds.¬† My comments will be in regular font.¬† Steve’s will be in italics.¬† Please note: My comments were made January 21.¬† Steve took some time responding.¬† His comments were made January 23.

In this edition we talk about the Patriots season, top 10 Friars we have seen play, Jeff Green, and various other topics!

1) The Patriots have no reason to be upset with the season they had.  They lost to the better team on Sunday.  To be honest, I expected them to get walloped to the tune of 42-24 or so.  I still believe the Patriots can make another run next year because there is no clear cut team in the AFC ready to make the next step.  Keep in mind the Pats will be healthy coming into next season.  All in all you might be able to say the Pats overachieved this season.  Still hurts to lose to Peyton though.untitled

Pats Р Great season.  Something very difficult for NE fans to keep in perspective.  The Pats have been to the AFC Championship 8 times and 6 Super Bowls in the last 20 years, plus amazing winning percentage.  Pats fans are spoiled because of all the success.  Think of the following teams:  Browns, Bills, Jags, Texans, Cowboys, Lions, Dolphins, Bengals, Raiders, Bucs, Redskins, .  Cowboys have not won a playoff game in 20 years.  Think about that.  They had a great season and the future looks bright.  You could make the argument that their off-season acquisitions will be the return of injured players (Wilfork, Kelly, Armstead, Mayo, Talib, 3 rookie receivers, full season of Vereen, Gronk, Amendola at full health).  I read they were the second youngest team in the NFL.  Health was the biggest factor for them.  I also saw that Amendola should have been on season ending IR in Oct, maybe people will give him a break, he must be tough.

2) Everyone is bashing Richard Sherman.¬† You know I like to stick up for the guy everyone hates.¬† Let’s be honest, his cough adrenaline cough was flying high after the biggest play of the season to send his team to the Super Bowl.¬† You interview him 10-15 minutes after that play on the field?¬† He is still emotional.¬† Everyone knows his history.¬† Of course that outburst was going to happen.¬† He was jacked up.¬† And I have no problem with it.¬† I like seeing emotion a lot more than the usual “yes man” athlete.¬† I thought it was fantastic to see the unadulterated emotion.

 Sherman РEhhh, an example of a non-story becoming a story.  Wow, an NFL player talked trash, gee I never saw such a thing.

3)Eddie Cooley has the Friars at “first 4 out” in the latest Bracketology.¬† Amazing he has the team this competitive with the adversity the team has faced this season.¬† He is basically playing 6 guys.¬† Bryce Cotton has played 50 minutes twice this season.¬† Cooley has said he will come out of the game when he graduates.¬† Cotton has crept into the 10 top Friars I have ever seen.¬† I know my list will vary greatly from yours but here it is.¬† 1) Eric Murdock 2) Austin Croshere¬†3) Eric Williams 4)¬†Ryan¬†Gomes¬†5) Michael Smith 6) John Linehan 7) Bryce Cotton 8) Dickey Simpkins 9) MarShon¬†Brooks 10) Jamel Thomas.untitled

Friars РIn no particular order РBilly Donovan, Eric Murdock, Soup Campbell, Otis Thorpe, Eric Williams, Ryan Gomes, Austin Croshere, Ron Jackson, Joe Hassett, Michael Smith.  Ask Dad if he remembers Ron Jackson.  They very best were before my time:  Ernie D, Marvin Barnes and Jimmy Walker.  Special note to Marty Conlon, became a solid NBA player, but no one saw that coming.  And special note to Harold Starks, the greatest energy, defense first guy they ever had.

4) The Longhorns had a big win over #8 Iowa State the same day PC beat #20 Creighton.¬† Our squads are looking up?¬† Frankly, Iowa State is a one and done candidate come March.¬† I don’t think they get out of the first round.¬† After PC beat Creighton, Creighton turned around and smacked #4 Villanova by 30.¬† Too bad the transitive property doesn’t pertain to college basketball. Keep in mind Nova smashed PC by 30.

Longhorns & Barnes РCrazy program.  It is obviously a football school, but he has built a great basketball program.  The team is 2-3 recruits away from being very, very good.  Problem is when they get the talent, they are not around long.  But something to think about, here is a list and again in no particular order of the guys UT/Barnes has placed in the NBA.  TJ Ford, Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Avery Bradley, Cory Joseph, DJ Augustin, Daniel Gibson, Jordan Hamilton, Dexter Pittman, Royal Ivey, Damion Jones, Tristan Thompson, PJ Tucker, Chris Mihm.

5) It is time to explore trade options for Jeff Green.¬† The Celtics are in a complete rebuild mode.¬† Green is a fringe player.¬† He has shown signs of being a top dog in the NBA, other times he completely disappears.¬† I don’t see him as a guy that can lead a team anywhere.¬† Remember the old line Bobby Knight used referring to Steve Alford?¬† That applies to Green.¬† The Celtics should rebuild around Rondo and Sullinger.¬† I compare Sullinger¬†to Charles Barkley.¬† Both are undersized power forwards, who have a knack for cleaning the glass.¬† Sullinger¬†is trying to develop some range similar to Kevin Love.¬† As long as his back holds up, Sullinger¬†can be a great guy to build around.¬† Remember he was supposed to be a #1 overall pick after his freshman year but he stayed in school.¬† Time to trade Green for a first round pick somewhere.untitled

Jeff Green – Dropped 39 last night. ¬†I still go back to my comments last year during the playoffs. ¬†This is a guy who has been Option #3 for most of his career. He is an outstanding athlete, but does not have the instinct for selfish play and may not be a natural leader. ¬†That is not a bad thing, when you think of the alternative, which is someone who wants to lead but can’t or sends the wrong message. ¬†Also, you cannot have a locker room full of so-called self-appointed¬†leaders, then you have nothing, sometimes having no drama guys who follow is a great thing to have. ¬†Ainge actually did a good job with him from a contract standpoint. ¬†He did not overpay. ¬†I would rather have Green and his contract than Wallace and his contract.

6) Now that the Patriots season is over, the focus in the region will be the Bruins.  The Bruins are in second in the Eastern Conference, 5 points behind Pittsburgh.  They could be in trouble come playoff time because they lost Dennis Seidenberg for the season to an ACL injury.  The defensive pairing of Chara and Seidenberg has completely shut down high-flying offenses in years past.  Seidenberg might be the most underrated athlete in Boston.

Bruins РI have to do a better job following hockey.  My lack of hockey knowledge is apparent.

7)The Olympic break is one of the more interesting conundrums in sports.¬† Hockey owners must hate sending their best players to Sochi.¬† The beauty of the Olympic hockey is hockey players are a different breed.¬†Cam Neely said it best when asked why the hockey players compete in the Olympics and do everything they can to win (as opposed to NBA players who coast through these competitions) “because they don’t know any better.”¬† The Olympics will serve as the true All Star Games fans want to see.

Olympics – Ehhh, used to love it, now it just feels like a pre-cursor to Campbell’s soup commercials and Wheaties boxes for the lucky winner.

8)Not much news on the Red Sox.¬† I am praying the Mets¬†sign Stephen Drew so Xander¬†and Middlebrooks¬†will not have to look over their shoulder and have their development stunted by Drew.¬† The Grady Sizemore¬†deal is reminiscent of when the Red Sox signed Rocco Baldelli.¬† Low risk/ high reward.¬† He offers competition for the center field spot with Jackie Bradley Jr.¬† I can’t honestly say I am expecting anything from him.imagesCAUU54PH

Red Sox – ¬†Grady Sizemore! ¬†Way to go all out Cherrington. ¬†Reminds me of when Sinden ran the Bruins knowing they would always make money so never signed the talent to get to the Cup. ¬†Although, I think the Sox really learned their lesson with Crawford/Gonzo signings. ¬†They saw the burden those contracts might present, the animosity of the fans when they don’t perform. ¬†Boston fans would rather have guys killing themselves to prove themselves, than guys who get ¬†paid a lot to demonstrate apathy with W-L. ¬†Boston fans can handle losing, if they know the players hate losing. ¬†If they think the players are rich guys who could care less, it gets ugly.

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Friars First Half Recap

The Providence College Friars men’s basketball team has reached the midpoint of their 2013-2014 campaign.¬† Their record stands at 11-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play.¬† For what seems to be the norm around Providence, the main stories of the season are what’s going on off the court instead of on.

Top recruit Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock were suspended for the season shortly before the new year for an off campus untitledincident the school has tight-lipped about.  Austin promptly transferred to Oregon joining another ex-Friar top commit  that never played a game for the Friars in Joseph Young.  If Friar fans want a glimpse of what could have been, keep an eye on the Oregon program.   Bullock has stayed at Providence and will likely let the suspension play out and be eligible to play in games next season.

Another of Ed Cooley’s highly touted recruits, Kris Dunn¬† is also out for the season with a shoulder injury.¬† Dunn injured his shoulder before the start of his freshman season last year.¬† He missed 10 games last season.¬† Dunn played in just four games this season and should be eligible for a medical red-shirt, allowing him to not lose a year of eligibility.¬† There is concern, however, about Dunn’s status with the school overall because he has not been seen with the team over the winter break.¬† He has chosen to stay at home in New Haven over the break.¬† If Dunn had been healthy, I strongly believe the Friars beat UMASS and Seton Hall.¬† The Kentucky game also would have played a bit differently.

On the court, the Friars have put forth solid effort in every game this season with the exception of the 30 point loss to Villanova.  Coach Cooley has referred to that game as the worst game he has had at Providence.  He will not find an argument from me.  I have been encouraged by the play of the Friars, especially with the realization they are undermanned night in and night out.  Losing three guys in half a season puts a lot of strain on the active roster.

Bryce Cotton is averaging 38.6 minutes a game.  He has played 6 games where has played 40 minutes or more.  He has scored in untitleddouble figures in all but 1 game this season, and put up at least 20 points in 10 games.  He is without question the team MVP.  Kadeem Batts has struggled most of the season.  The 5th year senior seemed to have lost his shooting touch.  He has also been bullied on the defensive end of the floor in a few games this season.  I was encouraged with how he played against Georgetown.  If he can start getting back to the way he was playing his junior season, the Friars season may not be lost after all.

Transfers Tyler Harris and Carson Desroisers¬†have played pivotal roles for the Friars this season.¬† Harris is a poor man’s Tayshaun¬†Prince with a massive wingspan.¬† He is averaging 13 points and 5 boards a night.¬† Harris has become the 2nd option in the offense behind Cotton.¬† I am excited to see Harris develop as he is only a sophomore.¬† I expect to see big things from this kid before his career in Providence comes to a close.¬† Desroisers¬†has been a game changer on the defensive end of the floor.¬† I can’t remember anyone that protected the rim better than Carson wearing a Friar uniform since Karim Shabazz¬†and Marcus Douthit.¬† He is averaging nearly 3 blocks a game.

LaDontae¬†Henton¬†has been the unsung hero of this season.¬† Henton has been a glue guy for Ed Cooley’s Friars.¬† He will never be untitledmentioned with why the Friars would win a game.¬† He hasn’t had any outstanding games this season but he goes about his business.¬† He has improved his rebounding and is getting rebounds in traffic amongst bigger opponents.¬† He is the team’s leading rebounder.¬† A year after his three-point¬†shot disappeared, Henton is shooting 43% from deep.

As a season ticket holder, I was disappointed in not seeing Austin, Bullock, and Dunn this season.¬†After seeing¬†Ricky¬†Ledo¬†on the bench in a suit all of last season, I thought this would be the year the Friar Faithful’s patience would be rewarded.¬†¬†I was wrong.¬† the familiar mantra of¬†“wait ’til next year” rings true yet again.

Fortunately the guys who have taken the floor night in and night out have been fun to watch.  Saying the team plays hard is an understatement.  Credit Cooley with fielding a competitive team.  These kids will run through a wall for him.  I believe the Friars have a chance of finishing in the top half of the new Big East behind Villanova, Creighton, and Xavier.  A four seed in the Big East would put the Friars squarely on the bubble for the NCAA tournament.  If that were to happen with the amount of adversity the team has faced all year, I would consider 2013-2014 a success.

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2013-2014 Providence College Friars: Season Preview

One of my favorite times of the year is finally upon us‚Ķthe start of the college basketball season! ¬†As with most years, there is a ton of hype surrounding this Providence College team. ¬†Another infusion of young talent, combined with a couple of transfers becoming eligible, and finally the continued development of some familiar names all have PC fans excited for the season to get started. ¬†What am I most excited about? PC kicking of Fox Sports 1’s coverage of college basketball. ¬†PC hasn’t played under the national spotlight in some time and I think that a lot of curious college basketball fans will be tuning into Fox Sports 1 tonight, and stumble across the PC vs. BC game. ¬†Here I’ve provided my preview for the 2013-2014 season for the Providence College Friars. ¬†You need not look elsewhere, as ntcf.wordpress.com is the one and only source for quality PC basketball news, information, and opinions from the biggest PC fan around. ¬†Let’s do it…

The Returning Players:

#3 Kris Dunn (SO.) – 6’3″, 197 lbs [Guard]

#4 Josh Fortune (SO.) – 6’5″, 205 lbs [Guard]

#10 Kadeem Batts (SR.) – 6’9″, 245 lbs [Forward]

#11 Bryce Cotton (SR.) – 6’1″, 165 lbs [Guard]

#13 Brice Kofane (JR.) – 6’8″, 210 lbs [Forward]

#21 Lee Goldsbrough (SR.) – 6’9″, 230 lbs [Forward]

#22 Ted Bancroft (SR.) – 6’6″, 215 lbs [Guard]

#23 LaDontae Henton (JR.) – 6’6″, 215 lbs [Forward]

I do not remember a season when Providence was returning this much talent and experience. ¬†As PC fans, we have become¬†accustomed to seeing players finally develop as seniors, and the move onto the next level. ¬†If we were fortunate enough to see guys develop sooner than¬†that, they usually either did something stupid to get kicked off of the team, or¬†leave school early for some reason. ¬†My expectations for this group are high, some (Scottie) may even describe them as lofty. ¬†I’m not as big of a Bryce Cotton fan as most. ¬†Yes, the dude can shoot. ¬†He’s proven that he can be clutch. ¬†But I never agree with the entire offense revolving around a¬†perimeter shooter. ¬†I would love to see Bryce use his athleticism more often and attack¬†the rim. ¬†Kris Dunn has the¬†talent to be an All Big East First-Team performer. ¬†However, in classic PC fashion, Dunn hurt his surgically repaired shoulder in the Friars¬†final exhibition game against RIC. ¬†From the reports I’ve read, it seems like Dunn¬†subluxed his right shoulder. ¬†That doesn’t worry me. ¬†If there is labral damage, then I’m worried, but subluxations can be addressed with some stabilization exercises and taping. ¬†If Kadeem Batts can become a little more consistent with his mid-range jumper, he could make himself¬†into an NBA prospect. ¬†My focus is on LaDontae Henton. ¬†He didn’t have a very good 2012-2013 season. ¬†His shooting percentage (especially from 3-point territory) was bad. ¬†He didn’t play with the same swagger and heart that he displayed as a freshman. ¬†Unlike most seasons, Henton has someone behind him coming for his starting spot (Tyler Harris). ¬†Henton needs to prove that he deserves to keep his starting spot.

The New Players:

#1 Brandon Austin (FR.) – 6’6″, 185 lbs [Guard]

#5 Rodney Bullock (FR.) – 6’7″, 215 lbs [Forward]

#12 Casey Woodring (FR.) – 6’2″, 180 lbs [Guard]

#25 Tyler Harris (SO.) – 6’9″, 215 lbs [Forward]

#33 Carson Desrosiers (JR.) – 7’0″, 250 lbs [Center]

Brandon Austin is going to be a stud. ¬†From what I’ve heard, he has looked very good this off-season. ¬†When I took a look at some of his tape, he reminds me of a Tyreke Evans-type of player. ¬†He has the ability to handle the ball, while also demonstrating the size and quickness to get to and finish at¬†the rim. ¬†Sadly for the Friars, Brandon Austin and fellow freshman Rodney Bullock “failed up uphold the responsibilities of student athletes.” ¬†They are both suspended indefinitely for, what sounds to me like some¬†academic violations. ¬†Transfers Tyler Harris and Carson Desrosiers both become eligible this season. ¬†These two are going to have a profound impact on the Friars this season. ¬†I expect Desrosiers to start at center. ¬†He is a big presence that can block shots, score from inside and outside, and is known as a very good passer. ¬†Harris is an athletic forward with the ability to shoot the three and attack the rim. ¬†His¬†skill set allows him to play every position from¬†shooting guard to power forward. ¬†Casey Woodring is a recruited walk-on that is known as a lethal outside shooter. ¬†I don’t see many minutes for him available this year.

The Transfer (Not Eligible until start of 2014-2015 season):

#32 Junior Lomomba (SO.) – 6’5″, 195 lbs [Guard]

Lomomba is a Cleveland St. transfer (originally from Canada) that will become eligible next season.  He will benefit from a year of practice with the team, and will hope to help soften the blow of losing Bryce Cotton next season.

Predicted Starting 5 and Rotation (considering all players are healthy and eligible):

PG – Kris Dunn

SG – Bryce Cotton

SF – LaDontae Henton

PF – Kadeem Batts

C – Carson Desrosiers

#6: Tyler Harris

#7: Josh Fortune

#8: Brandon Austin

#9: Rodney Bullock

#10: Lee Goldsbrough

#11: Bryce Kofane

#12: Ted Bancroft

#13: Casey Woodring

Predictions:

As you probably could have assumed from what I wrote above, I have really high hopes for this team. ¬†I think that their combination of experience (Batts, Cotton) along with talent (Dunn, Austin, Harris) will propel Providence College to finish¬†within the top four of the new look Big East (behind Georgetown, Marquette, and Creighton). ¬†I expect the Friars to make the NCAA Tournament. ¬†I expect the Friars to get an NCAA Tournament win for the first time since 1997. ¬†Ed Cooley finally has a team full of primarily “his guys”, so for Cooley and the boys, it’s time to make some moves in the right direction. ¬†GO FRIARS!

Record: 22-6 (13-5)

Statistical Leaders: 

  • Points: Bryce Cotton
  • Rebounds: Kadeem Batts
  • Assists: Kris Dunn
  • Steals: Kris Dunn
  • Blocks: Carson Desrosiers
  • Field Goal %: Carson Desrosiers
  • Free Throw %: Bryce Cotton
  • Three Point %: Bryce Cotton

Bold Predictions:

  • 1st Team All Big East: Kris Dunn
  • 2nd Team All Big East: Bryce Cotton
  • 3rd Team All Big East: Tyler Harris
  • Big East All Defense Team: Carson Desrosiers

FRIARTOWN‚ĶLET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!

Ultimate Volvo S60: BIG EAST Edition

So if you haven’t heard yet, I am representing my alma mater (twice over), St. John’s University, in the second annual Volvo “Biggest Fan of the BIG EAST”¬†Contest. As part of the competition, the 16 contestants (each representing one of the conference teams) must write challenge posts on their respective blogs which are then judged by the good folks over at Volvo Cars USA. The objective for blog entry No. 4: Create the Ultimate St. John’s Volvo S60. Fans can also build their own Volvo S60 at VolvoCars.com.

The first step in this process is to create the perfect S60. Of course, you would have to pick the “R-Design.” This model includes a six-speed geartronic automatic transmission, 3.0 liter engine, with 325 horses, dual exhaust and 354 lbs. of torque. Along with the usual Volvo bells & whistles, it also includes HD radio & Sirius XM, a bluetooth handsfree system, USB/IPod function, moonroof and 18-inch Ixion alloy wheels.

Time to go all out as available climate, technology and multimedia packages make this a truly “ultimate” S60. Volvo also offers two¬†accessories that would be perfect for a true St. John’s fan. An integrated navigation system helps you find your way through New York City as Johnnies make their way Madison Square Garden, while a rear seat entertainment system allows friends to keep up on BIG EAST basketball.

Now it may seem like a given that a St. John’s automobile would have to be some shade of red, but since 2009, when the Red Storm introduced their alternate black jerseys, the annual “black-out” game has become a huge success, while the jerseys themselves have been a team favorite. With that in mind, black sapphire metallic is¬†definitely¬†the color for this ultimate VolvoS60.

I really contemplated putting a giant STJ logo on the hood and/or lightning bolts down the side, but a more subtle approach to represent the Red Storm may be appropriate for this machine. Although a vanity plate that says “526” (the number of wins recorded by legendary head coach Lou Carnesecca) or “Lavinwood” may be in order.

Instead of the excessive paint jobs, after market body kits and custom spoilers all in red & white, this “ultimate St. John’s Volvo” will have several additions to make it a true Johnnie.

Floor mats

Custom Plates

Good tunes

Lou Carnesecca & Steve Lavin (they come with the car right?)

Metta World Peace?

Perfect.

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