Friars by the numbers

78.4 – The Friars are leading the Big East in free throw percentage with a team average of 78.4%. This is where this team differs from Friar teams of recent memory, as Providence was annually one of the poorest free-throw shooting teams in the Big East.

12.9 – Providence is second in the Big East in offensive rebounds per game with an average of 12.9. Head coach Ed Cooley can thank Kadeem Batts for that. His senior forward has dominated on the glass, pulling down a conference-best 72 offensive boards this season.

3 – Providence has three players – Batts (7.6), LaDontae Henton (7.3), and Tyler Harris (5.4) – in the top 20 in the conference in rebounds per game.

5.8 – Despite having to shift over to the point this season, Bryce Cotton has found a way to get his points and distribute the ball, leading the Big East with 5.8 assists per game. Cotton (128 assists) is also the only player in the conference with over 100 assists this season.

132 – Cotton has made 132 free throws this season, more than any other player in the Big East. He’s also gotten to the line more than anyone, attempting 158 free throws on the season.

59 – Providence center Carson Desrosiers has a total of 59 blocks on the season, good for second in the conference. Although Desrosiers is a distant second behind Chris Obekpa (77) of St. John’s, he has established himself as one of the top shot-blockers in the Big East.

39.5 – Cotton is averaging 39.5 minutes played per game. It comes as no shock that this leads the conference. The senior guard never comes out of the game because Cooley and the Friars can’t afford him to. He has played a conference-high 868 minutes on the season.

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