Many Big East teams already own marquee victories that have helped catapult them into the Top 25. Providence, despite a 13-6 overall record and 5-2 mark in the Big East, is not one of them; not just yet, anyway.
The Friars may be off to a fine start in league play but they’re set to enter one of two demanding stretches left on their schedule. Beginning with a home game against Syracuse on Wednesday, PC plays four straight games (the game against the Orange, followed by games at UConn, vs. Villanova at home and at West Virginia) against teams that were ranked in the polls at some time this month.
The moment of truth is on Wednesday. If they can’t show they can beat these better teams on their own court, the next three will be that much more pressure packed and must win status — if the Friars want to prove that they do not belong in the bottom tier of the league..