James Michael McAdoo sank two free throws in the final 3.5 seconds, and No. 6 seed North Carolina rallied to beat 11th-seeded Providence 79-77 Friday night.
The fourth-seeded Friars (23-11) used a 2-3 zone to hold the second-seeded Bluejays (26-7) 24 points below their season average and to an 8-for-30 effort from behind the 3-point line.
The Big East is as good as ever, particularly after adding a Creighton team that features likely NCAA Player of the Year Doug McDermott.
The Friars are now legitimately in the NCAA picture after five consecutive victories including wins over Creighton and Xavier.
Bryce Cotton made the biggest defensive play of the game and then the biggest offensive play. What would you expect from a guy who played 50 minutes and nearly had a triple-double?
Transportation to and from the Boston area was virtually shut down Friday morning as the manhunt continued for the second suspect in the marathon bombings.
The death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
JaQuon Parker had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats (22-10), who might have solidified an NCAA tournament berth with the win.
The basketball schools will receive $10 million, the Big East name and the right to play their conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Providence is very dangerous at home. And that’s bad news for Cincinnati.
From the East Coast to the West Coast, recycling is a big issue for local governments.
Officials from the seven schools planning to break off from the Big East will hold a conference call Saturday to discuss leaving the league.
The Big East is headed for another break up. This time, the seven prominent basketball schools that don’t play FBS football are planning to cut ties with the ever-changing conference.
The struggling Big East could soon announce a big, big change.
Entering their second season under the stewardship of Ed Cooley, Providence is deeper, hungrier, and more skilled than they’ve been in years.