PC prepares for Big East Tournament
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) —
After finishing the regular season with 20 wins, the PC Friars enter Big East Tournament play as the number 3 seed with plenty of confidence.
"I feel like our team is at an all-time high right now,” said PC Junior Emmitt Holt. “We are just playing at such a high level it's kind of hard not to be so confident.”
His teammates agreed.
"We are definitely pretty high. We are playing well right now, but we know these games are not going to be easy,” PC Junior Jalen Lindsey said. “Every team that we are going to play is going to be ready for us, they're going to scout, so just vice versa, too. We will be ready.”
As for the team's thoughts on if they've done enough to secure an at-large NCAA tournament bid, they are staying optimistic and focused.
"Are we in? I don't know. I tell them that we can control our own destiny. I think if we win Thursday for sure we are in.” PC head coach Ed Cooley said.
Lindsey shared similar sentiments.
"I think we still have to do some more. I think we still have a little bit more proving to do which I think we are prepared for. We like it, so we will be ready," said Lindsey.
Post-season honors continue to roll in for the Friars.
Junior point guard Kyron Cartwright was named the Big East most improved player on Monday.
"That's our third player in six years to get the award,” said Cooley. “It goes to his credit. He's put a lot of time and work in energy into it. I am very appreciative that the other coaches noticed his development.”
PC Junior forward Rodney Bullock also praised Cartwright.
"Man, I'm proud of him and he came along way,” said Bullock. “He got to play behind Chris for two years and I think that helped him out in the long run and it's starting to show up on the court now.”
PC will face Creighton on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. in the Big East Quarterfinals from Madison Square Garden.