By Harry Dunne
The Providence College Friars have been the class of the Big East 2.0 in 2013-14. They have compiled a 8-2 record heading into the holidays, featuring big wins against Boston College, Vanderbilt, and URI.
Though this has been poised to be the year of the Friar, an untimely blow may have scarred PC's chances to play into late March.
Sophomore guard Kris Dunn's stats may not turn many heads (3.8 PPG/2.5 RPG/5.0 APG), he has proved to be an effective play maker for an offense built around Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts. Today, Providence College announced that Dunn will be shelved for the season, undergoing shoulder surgery. The loss exploits PC's biggest organizational weakness; depth.
Without Dunn, the Friars will have to put the ball in the hands of fellow Sophomore Josh Fortune, who has an impressive 6.6 PPG, but lacks the other tools that the Friars need for continued success. He is no passer, nor play maker, and couldn't stop a runny nose.
The Friars' march to March gets no easier after the holidays. They face #22 UMass on December 28, and Conference foe #10 Villanova on January 5.
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