Well, the last day of 2008 was definitely an interesting one in Friartown. The snow kept a lot of fans from making the trip to the Dunk. For those who couldn’t watch on their local tv, I was more than happy to broadcast my feed on Justin.tv, and had a TON of fun chatting with a bunch of Friar fans during the game. More importantly, we all saw the Friars start off 1-0 in the BIG EAST with their 75-54 victory over St. John’s.
(Randall Hanke goes up for a layup against St. John’s)
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
It’s surprising to see a team lose by 21 points yet beat or have comparable numbers in 3 of the 4 factors…but St. John’s managed to pull it off. Here is why:
- Although both teams had similar FT Rates, foul shots were not much of a factor. The Red Storm went to the line only 14 times (only 4 times in the first half), and the Friars only had 12 attempts (6 in each half).
- Overall the teams had similar TO numbers (at some points during the game it seemed like both teams thought the ball had herpes), but St. John’s doomed themselves with committing an eye popping 13 of their 16 turnovers in the 1st half. The Friars scored 19 points off turnovers in that first half. Even though St. John’s took more care of the ball in the 2nd, they could only score 7 points off of PC’s 8 second half turnovers. Why was that? Oh, because St. John’s couldn’t piss in the ocean.
- When your opponent shoots 50% from the field, and you up a bricktastic 35% (including a Jeff Xavier-like 2-17 from behind the arc…yes, 11.8 freakin’ percent), it doesn’t really fucking matter if you can get offensive rebounds or force the other team to cough up the ball. Its just going to create more disappointing possessions that end with missed threes. Sorry St. John’s.
OTHER STAT NOTES
Providence Offensive Rating by Half:
1st Half – 94.7
2nd Half – 120.5
St. John’s Offensive Rating by Half:
1st Half – 71.6
2nd Half – 81.1
The 76.4 efficiency rating was the lowest the Friars have allowed so far this year…by far. Granted, St. John’s has some injuries and was playing a young lineup, it was still a Big East game.
Providence Effective FG % by Half:
1st Half – 42%
2nd Half – 68%
Yet another stronger second half shooting performance from the Friars
St. John’s Effective FG % by Half:
1st Half – 41%
2nd Half – 34%
Effective Field Goal Percentage? More like IN-Effective Field Goal Percentage! (I will use this line whenever I get the chance)
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 – Did you see Hanke screaming as he threw down that monster dunk in the second half?
Sharaud Curry – The floater and the stop and pop!
Marshon Brooks – Sparked the team after their typical slow start. However, you gotta throw down a dunk on that fast break!
Sean Evans – Didn’t get much help out there…16 points (77% FG%) and 10 boards
Geoff McDermott – Can always count on him to get around 10 boards.
Quincy Roberts – 19 shots and only 12 points to show? Talk about inefficient!
Jeff Xavier – 1/4 for downtown at least.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
ROUNDUP AROUND THE TUBES
The Providence College men’s basketball team (9-4, 1-0) defeated St. John’s University (9-4, 0-1) by a score of 75-54 on Wednesday, December 31 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
The New Year’s Eve win was the first BIG EAST victory for PC Head Coach Keno Davis who joins Gordy Chiesa and Rick Barnes as the only Friar coaches to win their league debuts. Senior Randall Hanke (New York, N.Y.) paced PC with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added three blocks.
The Friars put ’08 in the past by shaking off yet another slow start and then overwhelming a battered and bruising St. John’s squad, 75-54, in the Big East opener for both clubs. A crowd of 3,037 braved the windy snowstorm to enjoy the action at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
After their 75-54 win over St. John’s, the Friars were all smiles and could joke about an early 11-0 deficit that energized the Red Storm. PC turned the ball over twice, missed its first four shots and watched the Storm make four of their first eight shots to burst out of the gates.
He’s the great enigma, the kid who once had 23 points and 15 rebounds on the road against Marquette as a sophomore, his future seemingly soaring as high as a deep 3-pointer.
Some headlines from NY media that just used the boring-ass AP article:
NY Post: “JOHNNIES START FAST & FALL FLAT”
Ny Daily News: “Red Storm scores at futile pace against Providence Friars”