Rothstein | Emmitt Holt ruled out against Minnesota

Mar 15, 2017; Dayton, OH, USA; Providence Friars forward Emmitt Holt (15) gets the rebound against the USC Trojans in the first half in the first four of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Providence Friars forward Emmitt Holt will miss the team’s Monday evening matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers due to a virus, head coach Ed Cooley has informed FanRag Sports.

Holt is entering his junior campaign and his second season with the Friars. The Webster, New York native originally transferred over from Indiana back in 2015 and was forced to sit out for the entire 2015-16 season due to NCAA regulations. In his first year with Providence in 2016-17, Holt started 28 of the 32 games in which he appeared and averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds over 27.5 minutes per game while shooting 52.3 percent from the floor, 34.9 percent from three-point range and 67.8 percent from the free-throw line.

That was in stark contrast to his sole season with Indiana, when he posted 3.6 points and three boards in just 11.4 minutes per outing.

The Friars went 20-13 last year and ended up losing in the “First Four” of the NCAA Tournament. Providence has reached the “Big Dance” four years in a row after failing to make it for nine straight seasons. Prior to losing in the First Four last March, Providence had made it to the tournament’s Round of 64 in three consecutive years.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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