The Friars are looking to rebound from their opening night loss when Dartmouth comes to town Tuesday night at 7PM.
Conference: Ivy League
Coach: Terry Dunn (5th season)
Record Last Season: 10-18 (3-11 Ivy, T6th)
Away Record: 3-12
The Darthmouth Big Green are coming off another lackluster season of 10-18 (RPI of #300). The last time the team put together a .500 season was 10 years ago.
This year does not look any more promising, since they lost 3 of their top 5 scorers from last year. However, that’s not really saying much since the #3 and #4 scorers (who graduated) both only averaged 6 points a game.
In the Ivy League preseason media poll, Dartmouth was picked to finish 7th out of 8 teams in the conference.
Dartmouth lost their opening game to Army last Saturday by a score of 63-48. They shot poorly from the field (16-43, 37%) and even worse from the foul line (12-21, 57%) (um, sound familiar Friar fans?). Interesting enough, Dartmouth took 17 3-point attempts (but only made 4). Last season the team attempted 381, which was good for LAST in ALL of college basketball (with a 32.3% rate, #277 in the country). Even worse, the team’s best three-point shooter (and second leading scorer) from last year, DeVon Mosley, decided to not return for his senior year so he can focus on academics.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Alex Barnett, Senior Forward
Barnett is a 6-6 forward from St. Louis. As a sophomore he was an honorable mention All-Ivy League pick. Last season he kept improving his numbers, registering 15.6 PPG (4th in conference) and 7.3 RPG (first in conference) which landed him on the second team All-Ivy. Heading into his senior year, Alex is the Ivy Leagues top returning scorer and rebounder. He is a top candidate for Ivy League player of the year for the 2008-09 season.
In Dartmouth’s opening loss to Army over the weekend, Barnett scored a game-high 18 points. However, he shot only 38% (5-13) from the field. Even though Barnett put up solid numbers last year, his shooting percentage declined steadily throughout the season.
The Friars are going to be out for blood after their losing their first game to Northeastern. If they can contain Barnett, Dartmouth doesn’t really have any other weapons to throw at PC. Providence has the tendency to struggle against teams that shoot well behind the arc, but this is clearly not Dartmouth’s strength. Dartmouth really needs to outperform their opponents in the frontcourt, but the Friars should be able to keep their game in check. Big Green has a lot of unproven players that will need to step up since they will be playing more meaningful minutes.
Providence should easily come away with a victory against an inferior Dartmouth team on their home court.