Friars rise to 9th in Top 25
A.J. Reeves and the Friars are back in the Top 10 (Photos by Louriann Mardo-Zayat)
After two wins and securing the Big East title, the Providence College Friars will enter the final week of the regular season at No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25.
It was a crazy week in the Top 25 as the top six teams all lost, including No. 1 Gonzaga to Saint Mary’s.
The Friars were 11th a week ago and won two vital games, first in triple overtime over Xavier and then quite easily against Creighton. To show how fickle the voting can be from week to week, PC jumped up two spots after wins over two non-ranked teams while Villanova fell three spots to No. 11 after a narrow loss at nationally ranked Connecticut.
Here is the Top 10, many of whom lost last week:
The Friars now find themselves secured as the top seed in the Big East Tournament and playing for seeding in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. PC will play the winner of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 seed game on Thursday, March 10 at Noon.
Here is the Big East Tournament Bracket
|First Round – March 9|
|Game 1: 4:30 p.m. ET||No. 8 seed||No. 9 seed||FS1|
|Game 2: 7 p.m. ET||No. 7 seed||No. 10 seed||FS1|
|Game 3: 9:30 p.m. ET||No. 6 seed||No. 11 G’TOWN||FS1|
|Quarterfinals – March 10|
|Game 4: Noon ET||Game 1 winner||No. 1 PROVIDENCE||FS1|
|Game 5: 2:30 p.m. ET||No. 4 seed||No. 5 seed||FS1|
|Game 6: 7 p.m. ET||Game 2 winner||No. 2 seed||FS1|
|Game 7:9:30 p.m. ET||Game 3 winner||No. 3 seed||FS1|
|Semifinals – March 11|
|Game 8: 6:30 p.m. ET||Game 4 winner||Game 5 winner||FS1|
|Game 9: 9 p.m. ET||Game 6 winner||Game 7 winner||FS1|
|Final – March 12|
|Game 10: 6:30 p.m. ET||Game 8 winner||Game 9 winner||FOX|
As far as the NCAA Tournament, Providence is bound to be one of the more intriguing teams to seed. Right now the Friars pop up on the 3 or 4 lines for most bracketologists. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, for example, currently has Providence as a 4 seed playing New Mexico State in Milwaukee.