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Providence coach Ed Cooley says “NIT or bust”

Providence's Bryce Cotton (11) dunks as Cincinnati's JaQuon

(Credit: AP Photo Mary Altaffer)

In his second season at Providence, Ed Cooley finally began to see dividends as the Friars produced a 7-2 stretch run and eighth-place finish in the Big East heading into the conference tournament. The Friars couldn’t sustain it in a 61-44 second-round loss to Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, and with an NCAA bid out of the question, Cooley made it clear his 17-14 team has...

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