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Friars Vs. Scarlet Knights; Who Wins? Providence At Rutgers

Providence v Louisville Big East Basketball Tournament - Villanova v Rutgers

Providence

Rutgers

Providence’s four-game win streak came to an end Wednesday at Syracuse, but this is clearly a team on the upswing—one that could be very dangerous in the Big East Tournament. Coaching Mike Rice may be on the hot seat. He has kept his temper in check lately, but Rutgers has lost eight of its last nine games.
Overall, this offense has been average, but the Friars have been playing better on this end lately. Kadeem Batts has been a pleasant surprise. Offense Rutgers plays its first game without leading scorer Eli Carter on Monday; Carter is out for the season with a broken leg. That likely means more shots for guard Myles Mack, who scored 24 on just 11 attempts on Monday.
Much like Ed Cooley’s Fairfield teams, this Providence squad has embraced defense. They are forcing turnovers at an impressive rate and defending the three-point line. Defense Rutgers ranks near the bottom of the Big East in many defensive categories. They are 12th out of 15 in efficiency and struggle on the interior.
Cooley trimmed the bench against Syracuse and rightfully so—in 28 minutes the four reserves had more turnovers (five) than points (four). Bench Depth Even without Carter, Rutgers has eight players averaging double-digit minutes. Junior Mike Poole stepped in to replace Carter in Rutgers’ three-guard starting lineup.

The winner is

Providence v Louisville
Providence
3 out of 4

These two teams appear to be heading in different directions, even considering Providence’s setback against Syracuse. Without Carter, Rutgers might struggle to keep up with the Friars.

-Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor

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