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Monday, December 21, 2015


PC Basketball cracks top 10

The Providence College Friars men's basketball team (11-1) has jumped to number 10 in the Associated press poll and has stayed put at number 14 in the coaches poll. The Friars are in the top ten for the first the since 1978.

In the AP Poll, Providence is ranked one spot behind Big East rival Butler and two spots behind Arizona who sits at number eight. PC is ranked ahead of Iowa State and Kentucky.

There are three Big East teams (PC, Butler, Xavier) inside the top ten in the AP Poll and four Big East teams ranked in total as Villanova sits at number 17.

In the coaches poll, PC stayed at 14, one spot behind Purdue and two spots behind Butler while staying ahead of Louisville and Miami at 15 and 16 respectively.

Michigan State is ranked number one in both polls.

RPI Ranking

The Friars remain on the outside of the top 25 RPI rankings this week.

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.

Next up

The #10 ranked Friars return to action tonight when they visit UMass. Kris Dunn, who has missed the last two games with a stomach virus, is a game time decision.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


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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