PC Friars Return to the Top 25
Monday, February 23, 2015
The Providence College Friars men's basketball team (19-8, 9-5 Big East) have returned to the national rankings, ranked #25 in the country in the AP Poll with 72 votes.
San Diego State and Big East rival Butler are the two teams that are directly ahead of the Friars while Big East rival Georgetown sits behind PC, just outside of the top 25.
Providence made its way into the rankings earlier this season when they got to #25 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll before losses to Kentucky, Boston College and Brown bounced Providence from the rankings.
While Providence is ranked in the AP Poll, they sit just outside the top 25 in the coaches poll with two games coming up 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.
In the top 25 and one poll, Providence sits at 23 while in the CBSSports.com poll Providence sits one spot ahead at 22.
The Friars have six wins over top 50 RPI teams and have a chance at more with Butler and Villanova coming up on their schedule.
The #25 Friars return to action on Tuesday, February 24 when they visit #6 Villanova. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Related Slideshow: Providence College Friars 2014-2015 Projected Starting Lineup
The Providence College Friars went on a magical run last year that saw them win the Big East Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This year they look to defend their title and get back to the big dance. Here is the 2014-2015 projected starting lineup for the Friars.
Guard- Kris Dunn
Kris Dunn will start at point guard for the Friars this season. Dunn hasn't played much over his first two years with the Friars because of injury but when he is in the game, he makes things happen. Last season against Vanderbilt, Dunn led the Friars in an epic comeback from an 18 point second half deficit. The 6'3" Dunn posted ten points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in that game and then recorded six assists in the next game before having season ending shoulder surgery.
The Friars will be in good shape if Dunn can stay healthy this season.
Guard - Junior Lomomba
Junior Lomomba is a 6'5" sophomore guard who has found his way into the Friars starting lineup this season.
This season, Lomomba has averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game but a major reason why he is in the lineup is because he does not turn the ball over, only having three turnovers in the last four games for Providence.
Forward- LaDontae Henton
Last season, the 6'6" LaDontae Henton averaged 14 points per game which was second best to Bryce Cotton and just under eight rebounds per game which was the best on the team and second best in the Big East. Henton is a scrappy player who is not afraid to mix it up a bit and brings toughness to this Friars line up.
Henton seems poised for a big year.
Forward- Ben Bentil
6'8" freshman forward Ben Bentil will be one of the first players off the bench for Ed Cooley this year. Bentil can play three positions for the Friars, center, forward and small forward plus he is a good shooter and loves to rebound the ball.
Bentil is a player that is going to give coach Cooley several different options with his lineups and allow him to play the matchup game to perfection.
Carson Desrosiers is a seven foot senior forward who last season finished fourth on the team in rebounding, averaging 4.8 rebounds per game. He also had 82 blocks on the season, an average of just over two blocks per game. His 82 blocked shots led the team.
Desroisers is a player that is mostly in the line up for his work on the defensive end and so like last season, he will be in and out of the line up depending on the situation.
6th man- Tyler Harris
Tyler Harris comes into this year as a 6'9" junior, however this is only his second season with the Friars after transferring from NC State. Last season, Harris averaged 11.6 points and five rebounds per game for the Friars and got better as the year went on.
"Harris and Henton will be more effective this year, then they were last year" said PC Alum and Radio Analyst Joe Hassett
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