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Why did Providence guard Vincent Council sit longer than anticipated Thursday? Twitter.

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Due to issues on the defensive end of the floor in the games leading up to Thursday’s contest against Connecticut, Providence point guard Vincent Council and small forward LaDontae Henton were replaced in the starting lineup by Teddy Bancroft and Lee Goldsbrough.

But while Henton was on the floor just two minutes into the game Council had to wait longer, not entering the game until the halfway point of the first half.

Why? Council tweeted about the move on Thursday afternoon, and talking about program affairs on social media is something that head coach Ed Cooley doesn’t approve of.

Of course, former Friars Gerard Coleman (now at Gonzaga) and Ron Giplaye (now at East Tennessee State) reacted to Council’s tweet, as you can see below.

“Ya know,” Council tweeted, “I don’t even joke that ted starting and lee for me and buckets!!”

“That (bleep) is crazy,” Coleman responded. “Where the loyal at? This ya last year bruh just keep doin and finish strong my dude.”

“I’m shocked, but I ain’t surprised,” Giplaye tweeted. “What u miss study hall? Or is this the game plan?”

Following the Friars’ 82-79 overtime loss to the Huskies Cooley simply stated that the program has a policy prohibiting players from talking about the program on social media. Program issues are to be kept in house, and that’s something that just about any program would require of its players.

Both Council and Henton played well for the Friars on Thursday night, with the senior point guard finishing with 15 points, ten assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes before fouling out and Henton accounting for 15 points and 13 rebounds in 40 minutes of action.

But despite four players reaching double figures (Kadeem Batts led the way with 20 points) and a 55-24 rebounding advantage Providence lost for the fourth time in the last five games. The Friars converted 28 offensive rebounds into just 18 second-chance points, and UConn scored 25 points off of 17 Providence turnovers.

After starting the season 8-2 Providence has lost nine of their last 11 games with shoddy play on the defensive end being a big reason why (of course the Friars had limited depth for much of the non-conference portion of their schedule due to injuries or transfers).

Cooley sent a message to two of his key players by way of the bench on Thursday, and Council’s response led to him sitting much longer than expected.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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