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PC Basketball Back in Top 25

Tuesday, December 01, 2015


PC returns to top 25 in both polls

The Providence College Friars men's basketball team (6-1) is back in the top 25 in both the AP poll and the coaches poll. Providence is ranked 23rd in the Associated Press Poll and 24th in the Coaches Poll. The Friars were last ranked in February of last season, getting to #25 in the AP Poll.

Breaking Down the Polls

PC is coming off a solid showing in the Wooden Legacy tournament in which they knocked off #11 Arizona before falling in the championship game to #3 Michigan State on Sunday night.

In the AP poll, Providence is ranked ahead of #24 Louisville and #25 Baylor while ranking behind #22 SMU and #21 Miami.

In the coaches poll, the Friars rank ahead of Big East rival Butler and behind #23 Baylor and #22 Louisville.

Kentucky ranks #1 in both polls.

RPI Ranking

Providence also has the 19th best RPI in the country behind Oregon and South Carolina who rank 16th and 17th respectively.

The RPI rankings measure the teams strength of schedule and is adjusted based on wins and losses and who those wins and losses come against. 

Return to Action

Providence returns to action on Wednesday when they host the University of Hartford at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

The Friars will get their first road test on Saturday when they travel to URI to take on the Rams in a gam that will be televised on ESPNU.


Related Slideshow: Providence College Friars 2015-16 Projected Starting Lineup

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G - Kris Dunn

Considered one of the top players in the country and the best point guard in the country, Kris Dunn passed on going to the NBA and came back to Providence for his redshirt junior season.

Dunn averaged 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds last season, registering eight double-doubles and one triple-double in the process.

Dunn was selected as the preseason Player-of-the-Year during Big East media day.

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G - Junior Lomomba

Junior Lomomba is a glue guy for the Friars and also effective on the defensive end of the floor. 

Last season, Lomomba finished with eight steals and 37 rebounds, averaging 11.1 minutes per game. 

So far in 2015-16, Lomomba is averaging 28 minutes and six points per game. 

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G- Jalen Lindsey

Sophomore Jalen Lindsey, 6'7", played in 33 games, and started 13, for the Friars last seaso.

Lindsey averaged 3.8 points in 18 minutes of play per game. Lindsey shot 33 percent from three-point land during the season.

Lindsey's length can help the Friars on the defensive end as well.

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F - Rodney Bullock

Rodney Bullock, 6'8" from Virginia, is a redshirt sophomore for the Friars but has yet to play a college basketball game. Bullock tore his ACL prior to last season and the year before that he was suspended.

In PC's exhibition game against Stonehill, Bullock had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Providence.

"I was impressed with his court awareness, his ability to post up when he wants was impressive given that he hasn't played a college game," Joe Hassett said.

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F - Ben Bentil

Sophomore Ben Bentil, 6'9" leads the forward group after playing in 34 games last season, starting 23 of them for the Friars. 

Last season, Bentil averaged six points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of play per game. Given that he is the tallest player that the Friars have, his minutes will go up significantly this season.

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6 man - Kyron Cartwright

Kyron Cartwright

Sophomore Kyron Cartwright played in 34 games and started eight for the Friars last season. Carwright averaged 3.5 points in 19 minutes of play time per game.

Cartwright only made four three-pointers all of last season and will look to improve those numbers this season.


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