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Last 4 Midwest Region teams playing tough defense in tourney

Mar. 24, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When Ochai Agbaji and Kansas are rolling, they can pile up points in a hurry. In case that doesn't happen in the Sweet 16 against Providence, the Jayhawks think they have another way to advance. “It’s easier to make a team play bad than it is to go...

Fortunate Friars living in moment with top seed Kansas next

Mar. 22, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence coach Ed Cooley heard all the chatter following his team entering the NCAA Tournament. It helped create a narrative about the Friars: that despite earning 25 victories and winning a Big East regular-season championship, they had simply been more...

Sweet 16 primer: All eyes on Peacocks after wild 1st weekend

Mar. 21, 2022 00:48 AM EDT

Top seeds Gonzaga, Kansas and Arizona are in. So is little Saint Peter’s, the giant killer and only the third No. 15 seed to make it this far in the NCAA Tournament. And Coach K's farewell tour continues as he and his Duke Blue Devils made it to the Sweet 16, too. ...

History-making Providence eyes deep run in NCAA tourney

Mar. 15, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With his team on the verge accomplishing something that had never been done in Providence basketball history last month, Ed Cooley allowed himself to get lost in the moment. The Friars were comfortably in front of Creighton, and there was about a minute to...

Creighton routs No. 11 Providence to reach Big East final

Mar. 11, 2022 23:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After tearing apart the top seed, Creighton has another chance to finally finish the job at the Big East Tournament. Arthur Kaluma scored 17 points and triggered an overwhelming blitz that sent the surging Bluejays into the championship game with a stunning 85-58...

Durham hits clutch 3 to send No. 11 Providence past Butler

Mar. 10, 2022 17:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Al Durham has made plenty of big shots for Providence this season — at the foul line. He was about the last guy anyone would expect to sink a critical 3-pointer. That's just how this charmed season has played out for the 11th-ranked Friars. Durham...

All-Big East: Gillespie unanimous, Champagnie honored again

Mar. 06, 2022 16:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Villanova guard Collin Gillespie was the only unanimous pick for the all-Big East team Sunday, and St. John's forward Julian Champagnie joined him as a repeat selection. Connecticut guard R.J. Cole and forward Adama Sanogo also were on the first team, along with...

Daniels helps No. 11 Villanova top No. 9 Providence 76-74

Mar. 01, 2022 21:22 PM EST

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — If the shot-for-shot battle down the stretch between Providence and Villanova was a sneak peek of what's ahead in March, Madison Square Garden may be in for quite a show. Caleb Daniels scored 20 points, Eric Dixon added 15 and Collin Gillespie 14 as No. 11...

No. 11 Providence wins first Big East regular-season title

Feb. 27, 2022 00:27 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A.J. Reeves made seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points to help No. 11 Providence win its first Big East regular-season championship with a 72-51 victory over Creighton on Saturday night. Nate Watson and Al Durham each added 12 points, and Justin Minaya had...

Bynum's 27 points lift No. 11 Providence over Xavier in 3 OT

Feb. 24, 2022 00:16 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence coach Ed Cooley has been hearing a lot about how lucky his team has been to keep winning close games. He hopes to start hearing about how much talent his 11th-ranked Friars have as well. Jared Bynum scored 27 points, including a...