Was Friars' OT loss to USF 'unacceptable'?
To be honest, I'd forgotten about the comment. Thanks to the sharp memories from the folks at thebullspen.com, I now remember a juicy little backstory to USF's amazing 109-105 overtime road win at Providence, which saw guard Dominique Jones set a school record with 46 points, helping the Bulls come back from an eight-point deficit with 46 seconds left in regulation.
Providence coach Keno Davis, doing a Q&A with ScoutFriars.com last summer, had this random jab at the Bulls, which we posted here on the blog back in June:
"If you take a game off vs. Rutgers, or vs. South Florida or vs. DePaul, those are the losses that are unacceptable," he said. "If you play really hard, and you happen to drop one at Seton Hall, you can live with it. If you play hard and you just get beat you can live with it."
What's amusing is that Providence's last two wins were against Rutgers and DePaul, by a combined 30 points. (Those two teams are now a combined 1-13 in Big East play). I don't know if USF's players were even still aware of the comment last night, but I thought the comment was worth revisiting ...
-- If you want to see clips from ESPNU's broadcast of the game, there are three minutes of highlights on USF's official site. We'll have more on this, but the last play of regulation (about two minutes into the video) is huge, if only for the people who helped made it happen. Dominique Jones gets a hand on the inbounds pass, but it's walk-on guard Ryan Kardok -- who logged only three minutes in the game -- who dives to the floor to tap the ball to Jones, who makes a high pass to Chris Howard, who has the calm (and confidence in his teammate) to pass the ball with four seconds left to freshman Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, who had hit just one three all season.
-- ESPN.com now has highlights up as well, along with a postgame interview with Jones. "I wouldn't trade my teammates in for nothing," he says.