All He Does is Make Layups [Game Recaps]

dave@friarblog —  January 20th, 2009 1:49 PM
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The Providence Friars improved to 4-2 in the BIG EAST with a gritty 72-63 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats (12-7, 2-4).

With a poor shooting night from the guards, PC needed one of their big men to step offensively — and Jonathan Kale (14 points) and Randall Hanke (15 points) definitely did.  Hanke shot a perfect 7-7 from the field, and did most of his damage in the 2nd half (11 points).   He ran the floor really well on the fast break, and was active on the defensive end in getting a few blocks.  The big man also got 7 rebounds (4 offensively) and had a steal.  Providence is definitely a tough team to beat when Randall plays this well — and when Jeff Xavier wears goggles.

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Despite losing the ball (pictured above) Randall was able to use the force to guide it into the basket.

LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

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- So two unexpected things happened this game, both which probably equaled each other out.

1) Cincinnati was able to shoot as well (er, as poor, depending on how you look at it) as the Friars.

2) The Friars kept pace with one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the nation.  Yancy Gates (5 ORB) and Mike Williams (4) got their offensive boards, but Jonathan Kale (4), Randall Hanke (4), and Geoff McDermott (3) held their own.  The 40.5% ORB% was Providence’s best in BIG EAST play so far this year.

- Cincinnati committed 12 of their 17 turnovers in the 1st half — mostly thanks to 13 Providence steals (4 by Curry, 3 each for McDermott and Xavier).  The Friars turned those 17 TO’s into 23 points.

- The Bearcats attempted FOUR FOUL SHOTS!  FOUR.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 6.0 FT Rate this year.  I guess it’s hard to go to the line when you are BRICKING THREES ALL NIGHT.  Oh, but wait, the Friars managed to :) .

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OTHER STAT NOTES

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POSSESSIONS:

1ST HALF – 33

2ND HALF – 35

The game was played a little slower than the Friars’ average (72.6 possessions per game), but right around Cincinnati’s 66.7 raw average.

Providence Offensive Rating by Half:

1st Half – 96

2nd Half – 111.9

Game: 105.9

It’s amazing the Friars were able to equal their season average of offensive efficiency given the poor shooting night they had.  Their solid 13-17 (76.5%) effort from the foul line definitely helped.

Cincinnati’s Offensive Rating by Half:

1st Half – 82.9

2nd Half – 100.1

Game: 92.6

Overall, this was Cincinnati’s 4th worst performance in efficiency rating.  Only one BIG EAST game was worse — their 84-50 drubbing by Marquette.

Providence Effective FG % by Half:

1st Half – 41%

2nd Half – 49%

Game: 45%

Yuck (truck).  3rd worst shooting performance behind the BC (38.7%) and Baylor (30.6%) games.  Figures that their best eFG% performance this year so far has been the road game at Cincinnati (65.4%), and one of their worst is on their own home court versus the Bearcats too.

Cincinnati’s Effective FG % by Half:

1st Half – 48%

2nd Half – 42%

Game – 45%

Cincinnati averages 48% eFG% for the season, so it’s no real surprise that they had some trouble in a BIG EAST road game.  In their only two other BE road games, Cincy shot 48.9% eFG% versus DePaul and an ugly 35.5% eFG% at Marquette.

Imagine if Dion Dixon didn’t go apeshit in the last 5 minutes? Oh wait we can, it’s just math!  OK, it only drops their game eFG% to 42%.  Still shitty.

RANDOM STAT

Points in the Paint in the 2nd Half

Providence: 30

Cincinnati: 6

Thank you Randall!

LET’S SERVE SOME PASTA

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Randall Hanke – Got ‘er done!  Offense, defense, and looking determined out there.  Love it Randall!

Jeff Xavier – Giving him 4 bowls for just playing tonight, and even hitting the Friars very first shot (a three).  Tough. As. Nails.

Sharaud Curry – When the Friars were down late in the 1st half, Curry took over by stealing ball multiple times and leading the charge down the court.

Mike Williams – 10-16 from the field for 21 points.

Dion Dixon – Was incredible for the last 5 minutes, hitting 4 threes.

Deonta Vaughn – 6 points and 5 turnovers.  Not good from your leading scorer.

Marshon Brooks – Just didn’t have it tonight.  Maybe gassed after great Marquette effort?

BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!

StatSheet.com Boxscore

CSTV Gametracker

Friars.com Boxscore [pdf]

ROUNDUP AROUND THE INTERNETS

Friars.com – “Men’s Basketball Defeats Cincinnati, 72-63”

The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-6, 4-2) defeated the University of Cincinnati (12-7, 2-4) by a score 72-63 on Monday, January 19 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Senior Randall Hanke (New York, N.Y.) led the Friars with 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

PC is 2-0 against the Bearcats this season, including a 87-79 win at Cincinnati on January 7.

Projo.com – “Hanke fuels Friars’ second-half charge past Cincinnati”

In a game that begged for an offensive spark,Randall Hanke answered the bell last night for the Providence Friars. For much too long, the Friars and Cincinnati Bearcats traded bricked jumpers and errant passes. But in the final 14 minutes, the Friars finally found their touch a bit and that was more than enough to pull away for a 72-63 win.

Cincinnati.com – “Bearcats fade in second half”

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats simply don’t have enough offensive firepower to win on the road very often if Deonta Vaughn doesn’t score 15 to 20 points.

Cincinnati.com – “Deonta can’t have way”

“We wanted every player on the court to know where he was at all times,” Davis said. “He was not going to get any open looks unless we messed up. We were going to allow some of the other players to beat us and put all of our focus on Vaughn.”

The Friars’ strategy couldn’t have worked any better.

The Sun Chronicle – “Friars bear down”

The Providence College Friars attacked the basketball, that is, creating 13 steals and seven blocked shots.

While it was far from a superb shooting night at The Dunk, the Friars held on for a 72-63 verdict over the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Boring-Ass AP Article

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BLOGS

Kevin McNamara – “PC wins 72-63; Xavier Speaks”

The Friars overcame some horrid shooting and bad decision-making to pull away from Cincinnati in the second half for a 72-63 win. It’s the second time in 12 days that PC has beaten the Bearcats.

Bill Koch [Cincinnati.com] – “Providence 72, UC 63 – final”

Not only did Vaughn not make a 3-pointer, he committed five turnovers and played suspect defense. Add that to these numbers – Providence 50, UC 24 in the paint; and Providence 23, UC 5 in points off turnovers, and it’s easy to see why the Bearcats lost this game

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