Archives For November 2008

I was so pumped for the game last night.  Unfortunately (or so I thought at the time), I was not going to be home to watch on the computer.  My cousin was having a party in Queens, so we left at exactly 7 of course (right at tipoff).  As I was driving in the pouring rain, I constantly kept checking my phone on ESPN.com for a score update.  So my passengers were complaining of the car “swaying”.  Oh well, its fucking college basketball season. This will surely not be the worst measure I will go through to get scores this season.  I will risk lives if its neccessary.

Since it wasn’t a ranked game, there was no live play-by-play update.  It seemed like the score changed once every 15 minutes, which was quite annoying.  Once I saw the score was close late in the first half, I got a horrible feeling the Friars were going to be in trouble.

So I’m having a good time at the party, putting down a few beers.  However, I know that in my pocket lurks the ultimate buzzkill (my phone, sickos).  I wonder what is worse…suffering through watching a potential awful loss by the Friars, or getting sporadic updates that keep bringing me bad news, attempting to bring me down at a fun party (yes I admit I need help, but hey I like sports).

During a conversation I do the casual taking out my phone and glance at it quickly move.  Down 5 points maybe mid-way through the 2nd half.  I do my best not to wince in agony and disgust.

At this point I just know the Friars aren’t going to pull this out.  I decided to wait a little while to check the final score. This time I check the phone in the bathroom (no one needs to see me cry).  70-66.  I can’t believe this just fucking happened.  Well, at least the toilet was near.  What a start to the year.

The game can be summed up with only two points.  21 Turnovers and 12-22 from the line.  Infuriorating.  It seems like nothing has changed over the past several years.  Thankfully, it’s still insanely early, and Keno Davis and the Friars have a lot of time to work out their flaws.  However, their OOC schedule now has zero room for error.  Here’s hoping the team takes about 1,000 practice foul shots before Tuesday.

Stats by StatSheet.com

Stats by StatSheet.com

Roundup around the Web

Friars.com writeup

Projo.co writeup

StatSheet.com Boxscore

SunChronicle recap

Marshon Is Ready!

dave@friarblog —  November 15th, 2008 10:35 PM

Marshon Brooks is obviously pumped up, and Friar fans should be too!

Marshon Brooks is thinking poor northeastern, they on the plate of some hungry ass pits.”

Let’s get it done Friars!

The Friars open up the season with a game versus the CAA’s Northeastern Huskies (1-1) at THE DUNK.  In case you missed it, here is my writeup of Northeastern.

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GAMETIME: 7PM

LINE: Providence favored by 12

WATCH ONLINE: ChannelSurfing.net, or All-Access (requires subscription)

RADIO: WEEI 103.7 FM

FOLLOW ONLINE: Gametracker

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Friars.com has the official gamenotes (in PDF).

Checkout StatSheet.com’s pregame page

Listen to Kevin McNamara preview the game and the season.

McNamara also writes that a win for Bill Coen’s Huskies would be a huge win for their team.

CBS Sportsline predicts PC – 72 / Northeastern 64

Check out the Sports Network’s game preview

“Providence Crystal Ball” predicts PC – 95 / Northeastern 88

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(Photo by Friars.com)

Its imperitive that Providence and Coach Davis get off on the right foot tonight.  Northeastern is a nice veteran team that played really well against good teams in big conferences last year.  They are definitely a tough opening game compared to some of the competition other Big East teams played last night (UCONN, Pitt, Nova, Marquette, St. John’s, USF, Seton Hall and Rutgers all won last night pretty big save Rutgers).  It sounds silly to think of the first game as a must win, but the Friars really can’t afford to lose to lesser out of conference teams if they want to compete in the Big East.  Sure they can put up a stinker and then keep improving as the season goes on and excel in Big East play, but Friar fans just want to see the Keno Davis era start on a positive note.  I think the senior class will make sure it happens.

Welcome to the very first edition of “Providence Crystal Ball”.  What is PCB you ask?  PCB is going to attempt to simulate every Providence game using a CPU vs. CPU matchup using “College Hoops 2K8”. College Hoops has been extremely accurate in predicting games, compiling a 4,789-7 record last year (unofficial number, give or take 4,000)

There is no 08-09 version for any college basketball game yet, but last year’s edition allowed you to create and share new rosters.  So, I downloaded an updated roster and let the computer go at it.

I recorded some of the highlights for the game, and my cousin “Ras Kev” was kind enough to provide the announcing.

Let’s go to the action!

Live Blog For PC-Northeastern Game

dave@friarblog —  November 14th, 2008 10:29 PM

First of all thanks to Forage for helping out to test the Live Blog out for the Slippery Rock game.  CoverItLive.com seems like a really great service.

Here is the archive from last saturday night

I am not going to be available for the Northeastern game tomorrow night, so I won’t be able to host a live blog.  If any of you not going to the game have any interest in participating in one, I will gladly set it up before the game starts.

According to Vegas Insider, PC is giving 11 points for tomorrow night’s home game vs. Northeastern.

Let’s take a look at how the Friars did last year against the spread.

Overall: 15-16 Straight Up, 13-16 ATS, 13-16 O/U

Home Favorite:  6-3

Home Underdog:  1-3

Away Favorite:  0-1

Away Underdog:  3-6

Neutral Site:   3-3

(Numbers according to TheGreek.com)

"Villanova by the Numbers" Blog Previews PC

dave@friarblog —  November 14th, 2008 8:25 PM

Link: “Villanova by the Numbers” Blog Previews PC

Villanova by the Numbers has a really great in-depth post about the “Third Quartile” of Big East teams that includes Cincinnati, Georgetown, PC, and Rutgers.

Send In Your PC-Northeastern Fan Pictures!

dave@friarblog —  November 14th, 2008 3:21 PM

If anyone is going to the game on Saturday night (or just getting together with people to watch on tv), and would like to share pictures with everyone, please send them in!  Pre-game game festivities, game pics, and post game celebration (hopefully) pics are all welcome!

friarblog@gmail.com

Marshon Means Business

dave@friarblog —  November 14th, 2008 5:45 AM

Gotta love this quote from Marshon Brooks in his latest Facebook status which he made last week.

Marshon Brooks is missing atlanta and all his homeboys! too bad i aint coming back til march! im on a business trip.”

Awesome.

The BEAST is HOT; Won’t Return Your Calls

dave@friarblog —  November 14th, 2008 5:19 AM

According to ESPN.com “What’s Hot and Not for the College Basketball Season”

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/preview2008/columns/story?columnist=oneil_dana&id=3698731

‘Big East: The league is cooking up quite a send-off for commissioner Mike Tranghese. The Big Beast has a record seven teams in the preseason poll and owns 40 percent of the top 10. Come March, don’t be surprised if the Big East breaks the bracket bank with as many as 10 teams in the NCAA tournament.”

Hmmm, I wonder which team it is that everyone is predicting to finish 10th in the BIG EAST? They must be gooood. And whoever blogs about them is quite handsome.

Sharaud Curry also gets a quick shoutout in this article under “HOT: Comebacks”

‘Fans nationwide will raise a glass to toast continued health to returning injured players.”

You Syracuse fans may ‘raise a glass’ for Rautins and Devendorf, but I’ll be drinking a whole fucking case of tasty seasonal winter brews per game to deal with our season.  That’s how I roll.