There have been times this season where it looked like Noah Horchler could completely drop out of Ed Cooley’s rotation. The North Florida transfer came to Providence with relatively high expectations after averaging 16 points and over nine rebounds a game during the 2018-19 season, but he saw sporadic minutes in the first two months of the season.
Horchler has been Providence’s top rebounder this year (he caught 26 boards in the top three games of the season), but looked like a defensive passive at first, which limited his playing time. After playing more than 22 minutes during the first three games this year, Horchler has only seen six against Alabama – the first of five games in which he played less than 10 minutes (with the last coming when he went just seven minutes in a loss to Villanova on January 23).
A week later, Jimmy Nichols came down for the season, paving the way for more playing time for Horchler. He hasn’t looked back since.
In the four games since Nichols fell, Horchler has scored 10 points and eight rebounds, 19 points and eight tables, nine points and ten rebounds, and last night he finished with six points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in a…
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