The Friars (1-1) play Game #3 against NEC’s Sacred Heart Pioneers (0-2) tonight at THE DUNK (7PM start). Providence looks to win their 2nd game in a row after defeating Dartmouth Tuesday night. In case you missed it, here is my writeup of Sacred Heart.
The Friars are 2-0 all-time versus Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart came to the Dunk to face PC last season in December. The Pioneers played a tough game and kept up with the Friars all game, before losing 94-89. McDermott and Efejuku both had strong double-doubles for the Friars.
The only other meeting was December of 2001, also at the Dunk in Providence. The Friars won 85-76. Marcus Douthit had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Abdul Mills had 21 points.
LINE: Providence -897….OR, NO LINE
RADIO: WEEI 103.7 FM
FOLLOW ONLINE: Gametracker
AROUND THE WEB
Friars.com has the official gamenotes (in PDF).
Checkout StatSheet.com’s pregame page
CBS Sportsline predicts PC – 80 / Sacred Heart 66
In the NBE Basketball Report’s News and Notes for today, it says “Providence playing at home against lower-level 1-A school”
If the Friars are going to win big (and they are surely expected to), they are going to force a lot of turnovers and continue to dominate on the boards. Sacred Heart only has 17 offensive rebounds total in two games (ORB% of 26.6). Even though its a small sample size against weaker opponents, Providence is currently 13th in the nation with 48 total offensive rebounds, for a 56.5 ORB% (good for #10 in the country).
Both teams have similar eFG%’s and have been turning over the ball at a similar rate. However, Providence showed they can take care of the ball when they only committed 4 turnovers in the second half against Dartmouth. Sacred Heart has been starting two freshman in their back-court, so look for their turnover trouble to continue tonight.
The Friars can also have a similar advantage as they did against Dartmouth if they can continue to get to the line at an amazing clip. In one of Sacred Heart’s losses against Fairfield, they only went to the line TWICE.
The Friars should have no trouble putting away an overmatched Sacred Heart team.
FORGET BASKETBALL, WHO PRODUCED THE BETTER SNL ALUMNUS?
Sacred Heart – Kevin Nealon
Kevin grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 1971 and then graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Sacred Heart University (where he played Quarterback on the football team).
SNL Accomplishments: Weekend Update, Franz, Mr. Subliminal
Here is a “Hanz and Franz” Clip
Providence College – Janeane Garofalo
While studying history at Providence College, Garofalo entered a comedy talent search sponsored by the Showtime cable network, winning the title of “Funniest Person in Rhode Island.”
SNL Accomplishments: Um
ADVANTAGE: Sacred Heart
This isn’t even considering Nealon’s awesome appearance in “Happy Gilmore”. What’s Garofalo given us? “The Truth About Cats and Dogs”. I rest my case.
RANDOM ONLINE AUCTION TO CHECK OUT WHILE YOU WAIT FOR GAMETIME
Finally, Ernie and Marvin’s numbers have been retired. Two great basketball players from Providence College. I have a real nice Friars Basketball program Providence vs. St. Joseph’s Feb. 7, 1973 with Ernie D and Marvin Barnes, two of the greatest basketball legends this state ever produced, on the cover for only $20.00…..Thanks
Enjoy the Game!