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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Bryce Cotton
Some may have thought Providence was out of contention for making the NCAA tournament this season, but Bryce Cotton and his Friars teammates aren't listening.
Providence has put itself in position to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade with a strong late-season run.
Bryce Cotton is not only trying to get Providence back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004, the senior guard is enhancing his player of the year credentials with each game.
Providence avoided a potentially resume-wrecking loss to Butler Sunday night and moved a step closer to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 10 years.
Ryan Arcidiacono felt he had a great chance to win it at the end of the first overtime. He knew what he was doing when he got another chance.
Providence coach Ed Cooley was more than fine with playing No. 9 Villanova in a third overtime on Tuesday night.
Jabari Parker had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 5 Duke rolled past Georgia Tech 68-51 on Tuesday night.
Providence head coach Ed Cooley admits the preparation leading up to Saturday's game against DePaul centered more on his own team rather than what the Blue Demons were capable of doing.
For a while, Georgetown couldn't stop Bryce Cotton. He scored 19 of his 21 Providence points over the final seven minutes of the first half.
Georgetown dominated the final 10 minutes and won its fourth straight with an 81-73 victory over Providence despite Friars senior Bryce Cotton's 31 points.
Semaj Christon waited for it.
St. John's is turning into the Big East team that nobody wants to face during the second half of conference play.
Providence coach Ed Cooley admitted his team was unfamiliar with DePaul's reserves.
Two freshmen helped get Marquette off to an energetic start. Two seniors helped finish off a crucial win.
Providence, one of the hottest teams in the Big East, won its fifth straight conference game for the first time in a decade on Saturday, defeating Xavier 81-72.
"Coach drew up a great defensive plan. He told us to get a trap," said Cotton. "It comes down to mental toughness."
"We know anything we get, we have to work for," Providence senior guard Bryce Cotton said. "This is no different. We are right there, right at the cusp. We see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we have to keep climbing to get there."