A Look Ahead at the Brown Bears

dave@friarblog —  December 2nd, 2008 6:24 AM
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The Providence Friars (4-3) resume their regular OOC schedule when they take on the Brown Bears on Wednesday night, 7PM at THE DUNK.

QUICK FACTS

Location: Providence, RI

Enrollment: 5,722

Conference: Ivy League

Coach: Jesse Agel (1st season)

Record Last Year: 19-10 (11-3, 2nd)

Away Record: 10-7

OVERVIEW

Brown is coming off of a solid 19 win season that lead them to the first “College Basketball Invitational” tournament.  However a lot has changed since last year.  Gone are two First Team All-Ivy Leaguers (Damon Huffman and Mark McAndrew both graduated) and the coach (Craig Robinson left to coach Oregon State).

In the Ivy League preseason media poll, Dartmouth was picked to finish 5th out of 8 teams in the conference.

2008-09 Ivy Men’s Basketball Preseason Media Poll

1. Cornell — 128 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Penn — 110
3. Yale — 80
4. Harvard — 77
5. Brown — 75
6. Columbia — 45
7. Dartmouth — 33
8. Princeton — 28

Brown is 3-3 so far in the season.  They lost a tough opening game at URI, blowing a late 5 point lead and eventually losing 76-74.  The Bears also lost to Northeastern, the team the Friars lost to on their opening night.  Interestingly enough, Northeastern shot 14-24 (58.3%) from downtown, while Brown shot 9-15 (60%).

Their wins so far came against Holy Cross (2-4), Army (1-5), and Eastern Michigan (1-6).

BLUE RIBBON ANALYSIS

BACKCOURT: B-
BENCH/DEPTH: B
FRONTCOURT: C
INTANGIBLES: C

Stats by StatSheet.com

PLAYER TO WATCH

Peter Sullivan, Sophomore Forward

Although Sullivan is listed as a forward (he is 6-5), he plays the two-guard position.  As a freshman last season, Sullivan won “Ivy League Rookie of the Week” four times.  In 25 minutes per game, Sullivan averaged 8.8 ppg, 2.7 rebounds, and a deadly 48% (39-81) from behind the arc (2nd best in the Ivy League).

This season he has seen an increased role since two first team All-Ivy Leaguers graduated from the team.  As a full time starter that now averages 35.5 minutes a game, Sullivan is the leading scorer on the team with 16.8 ppg, and the 2nd best rebounder with 5.7 rebounds per game.

Sullivan is not keeping up his ridiculous 3-point pace as last season, but he is still shooting around 38% (and has already attempted half of what he took last year).

Sullivan scored a career high 26 points in Brown’s 80-73 win over Army last week.

Stats by StatSheet.com

VS PROVIDENCE

Brown is 26-88 all-time versus the Friars.  They also came to the DUNK last December and got blown out 70-51.  Brown shot a terrible 33% from the field, and Brian McKenzie, Jamine Peterson, and Randall Hanke all had 13 points for the Friars.  The last time Brown defeated Providence was two years ago in Craig Robinson’s first season as coach.  Brown won 51-41 in PC’s second game of the 2006-07 season.

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