Providence Men's Basketball 2013 NIT Tournament Capsule

Providence Friars
Big East (17-14, 9-9)


Not surprisingly, Providence struggled without senior point guard Vincent Council. He missed the better part of the first 11 games of the 2012-2013 season. But the return of Council did not get the Friars moving in the right direction right away. They lost eight of their first ten games with Council back in the lineup…including a bad loss at Brown. But after that, Providence knocked off Villanova, Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

Big Wins: 2/3 at Villanova (55-52), 2/6 Cincinnati (54-50), 2/16 Notre Dame (71-54)
Bad Losses: 11/16 vs Penn State (52-55), 12/28 at Brown (68-69), 1/5 DePaul (73-83)
Coach: Ed Cooley (2 seasons at Providence)

Why They Can Surprise:
Council dishes out about seven assists per game and is always a threat to hit double figures in the scoring column as well. The beneficiaries of Council’s playmaking are usually Bryce Cotton, Kadeem Batts and LaDontae Henton. Cotton is a great shooter and connects on over three long balls per contest. Henton is a very strong rebounder, but is also a dynamic scoring threat. At 6-6 he is not the tallest power forward around, but he is a tough player who can step outside and hit the long ball. Batts is the more traditional post scorer. At 6-9 and 250 pounds, he can use his size to create space for himself and others in the paint. Batts’ development as a scorer has turned the Friars offense into something that can be very, very difficult to defend. Council will make smart decisions, Cotton will knock down three’s, Henton will get to the basket and Batts will give any post defender trouble in the paint. Finding a way to stop all four of those players is not easy.

Why They Can Disappoint:
But rarely is the entire team firing on all cylinders. The Friars have a habit of forcing shots. They shoot just 41.4 percent from the floor. That number would be decent if this was a three-point shooting team, but nobody outside of Cotton hoists up too many three-point attempts. The lack of efficiency on offense can be a huge problem. Providence is a good rebounding team, but they will not dominate the glass in the tournament. Nor will they create a huge advantage in the turnover department. That means they have to make the most of their shooting opportunities. If they start falling, Providence has the talent to make some noise.

Probable Starters:
Vincent Council, Senior, Guard, 9.6 ppg, 6.9 apg
Bryce Cotton, Junior, Guard, 19.4 ppg, 2.9 apg
Kris Dunn, Freshman, Guard, 5.4 ppg, 3.0 apg, 4.6 rpg
LaDontae Henton, Sophomore, Forward, 13.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg
Kadeem Batts, Junior, Forward, 15.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Key Roleplayers:
Josh Fortune, Freshman, Guard, 6.0 ppg, 1.5 apg
Brice Kofane, Sophomore, Forward, 1.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Lee Goldsbrough, Junior, Forward, 1.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 67.8 (167th in nation, 9th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 64.4 (118, 9)
Field-Goal Percentage: 41.4 (268, 13)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.5 (111, 10)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.7 (213, 8)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.1 (241, 8)
Free-Throw Percentage: 69.3 (176, 9)
Rebound Margin: 3.1 (85, 7)
Assists Per Game: 14.3 (80, 7)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.2 (168, 10)

Last Five Postseason Appearances:
2009    NIT        First Round loss to Miami
2007    NIT        First Round loss to Bradley
2004    NCAA    Round of 64 loss to Pacific
2003    NIT        Opening round win over Richmond
2003    NIT        First round win over Charleston
2003    NIT        Second round loss to Georgetown
2001    NCAA    Round of 64 loss to Penn State

*all team stats through 3/10


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