The College Blog

Ed Cooley leads Providence into an NCAA Tournament second-round game against North Carolina on Saturday night. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)
March 18, 2016 - 4:22 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Certainly Ed Cooley has as much respect for North Carolina's Roy Williams as he has for any coach in the business. Williams, inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, deserves as much. But when Cooley tells you he's "friends" with the Hall of Famer, he means it...
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March 18, 2016 - 3:02 am
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Providence coach Ed Cooley put it best. "That was March Madness at its best," Cooley said in his opening postgame comments, after his Friars came from behind to defeat Southern Cal, 70-69, late Thursday night at PNC Arena on a last-second layup by Rodney Bullock. With the win, PC...
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Robert Champion celebrates Holy Cross' NCAA Tournament victory over Southern. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)
March 16, 2016 - 5:33 pm
Robert Champion hit 6-of-8 shots en route to a game-high 19 points and Holy Cross continued its improbable postseason run with a 59-55 victory over Southern in an NCAA Tournament First Four game Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio. The Crusaders, who began the night with a 14-19 record, the worst of...
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March 16, 2016 - 4:13 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Talk is cheap, sure. Excuses are cheaper. For the Providence Friars, they know there are no more excuses when it comes to postseason play. It has been 19 years since Providence last won a game in the NCAA Tournament, a 71-65 decision over Tennessee-Chattanooga on March 21, 1997. It...
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March 16, 2016 - 3:22 am
It had absolutely nothing to do with basketball, or the game preparation for the USC Trojans. But if you're into good karma vs. bad karma as a predictor of things to come, let's just say Providence's NCAA trip didn't start out as it might have been planned. The Friars' trip south to Raleigh, North...
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March 13, 2016 - 5:44 pm
For a third straight year, the Providence Friars are making their way into the NCAA men's basketball tournament. But unlike the last two seasons, if appearances and initial impressions mean anything, these Friars are set upon making this strictly a business trip. Providence was selected to play in...
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