Archives For January 2009

Great Sharaud Curry “Obamicon” from a user on the Scout Messageboard in a thread I started about the cool Obamicon maker site…thought it was appropriate to now post after last nigh’t performance.

Credit: scout user “gohardfriar”

Jay Bilas Chat for Thursday 1/29

Dave (Springfield): Jay, your thoughts on the recent meltdowns of Georgetown, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Notre Dame? Seems at least two could miss the NCAAs. As of now, who would be your favorites to replace them?

SportsNationJay Bilas: (3:58 PM ET ) Chill on the “meltdown” talk. These teams have hit tough stretches, especially with schedules. And, they have been right there to win games. Notre Dame was a possession away from beating Louisville at Louisville, and had the last shot. Syracuse had two starters out against Providence (who is WAY better than people think…that team is all seniors and now have a healthy Sharaud Curry). Could a team on this list miss the NCAA Tournament? Perhaps, but it is still too early to count them out. All were ranked two weeks ago.

The tide is turning….

Two Currys, Two Shots Made, 115 Feet

dave@friarblog —  January 29th, 2009 8:11 PM

A huge play in last night’s win over Syracuse was Sharaud Curry calmy draining a ridiculous 40 footer with the shoot clock around 5.

Stephan Curry thought he would top that by draining a 75 footer at the haltftime buzzer in their win over Chattanooga.

Afternoon Links for Your Upset Hangover

dave@friarblog —  January 29th, 2009 8:05 PM

Ah, the day after a nice win.  Feels good to blog!

Beat Cuse – Not Girls Sign from Friar Fanatics at the game Wendesday Night

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Sports XChange Friars Report (1/29/09)

dave@friarblog —  January 29th, 2009 3:56 PM

Getting Inside

Here’s a factoid that might surprise you: Providence has won its past four games at Connecticut.

That’s right, while the Huskies are usually the power of the Northeast, the Friars have won their last four games there, twice when UConn was ranked, once when the Huskies were No. 4.

The reason we bring this up is that the Friars, fresh off their home win over No. 15 Syracuse on Wednesday night, visit the No. 2 Huskies on Saturday. The game will be played at Gampel Pavilion on UConn’s campus, and a Huskies win likely would make them No. 1 in the nation after top-ranked Duke lost to Wake Forest on Wednesday.

The Providence Friars dropped 100 points on the #15 ranked Syracuse Orange, on their way to a nice 100-94 victory at the Dunkin Donut’s Center on Wednesday night.

“When you’re a 3-point shooting team and you can put three, four players on the court that can shoot from the outside, then you can get them to extend and get the ball inside more” – Keno Davis

Oh and they scored inside indeed.  And outside.  And off dumb Syracuse turnovers.  It didn’t matter that Syracuse super-guard Jonny Flynn had a career night with 35 points, or that Eric Devendorf was hitting threes left and right.  The Friars wanted this game, and their offense won it for them.

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- Both teams obviously went toe to toe in the shooting department.   It was essentially Sharaud Curry and Marshon Brooks versus Jonny Flynn and Eric Devendorf in a three point contest — the four of them combined for 17-32 (53.1%) from behind the arc.  Flynn and Devendorf took 40 of Syracuse’s 65 shots, accounting for 62 of the 94 points.  A valiant effort from those two indeed.

- Syracuse’s turnover problem came back in an ugly fashion.  They had turned over the ball 20+ times in three games this season, but had started to somewhat cut them down a little bit in BIG EAST play (they still had the most per game in conference play, with 15 a game).  Against the Friars, Syracuse coughed it up 21 times, leading to 21 Providence points off turnovers.  Eric Devendorf had NINE turnovers himself.  Sure he had 27 points, but he probably gave 10 of them right back.

- Rebounding was surprisingly even, given the fact that Onuaku only played 15 minutes or so, and the Orange had been struggling in this department recently.  Providence was able to keep up with Syracuse’s deadly shooting in the first half by getting TEN offensive rebounds.  In the second half, the offensive glass belonged to Syracuse, who pulled down 9 versus the Friars’ two.    Overall, Syracuse edged out in total rebounding, 33-32.  Rick Jackson led the game with 4 offensive boards, and Randall Hanke, Jonathan Kale, and Brian McKenzie (!) paced PC with 3 offensive rebounds each.

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1ST HALF – 37

2ND HALF – 45

Just when I thought the game couldn’t get any faster after the first half….both teams came into the game averaging around 71ish possessions, so we definitely knew this was going to be fast.  But 80+ possessions?!?

Providence Offensive Rating by Half:

1st Half – 118.9

2nd Half – 130.2

Game: 123.5

Yowsers.  The offense was in top form this game.  The last time they recorded a 130+ rating in a half?  Against Bryant.

The 123 rating overall narrowly edges out Seton Hall for best in BIG EAST play this season.  It’s 6th overall, behind the Brown, Bryant, Sacred Heart, Maine, and Dartmouth wins.  Not good company Syracuse!

Syracuse’s Offensive Rating by Half:

1st Half – 122.2

2nd Half – 111.1

Game: 116

Syracuse obviously had no trouble scoring themselves.  The only other team that did better against the Friars in efficiency this year was Marquette (119).

Providence Effective FG % by Half:

1st Half – 51%

2nd Half – 76%

Game: 61%

Heading into the game we all knew it was going to take some sharp shooting to topple the Syracuse zone.  I just don’t think we counted on so many easy baskets down low from Hanke, Kale, and McDermott.  When you knock your threes down AND can score inside, you make the zone quite ineffective — so much that Boeheim switched to man towards the end, and was INSTANTLY burned by Weyinmi Efejuku driving to the hoop.

Syracuse’s Effective FG % by Half:

1st Half – 68%

2nd Half – 54%

Game – 60%

Syracuse came into the game leading the BIG EAST in eFG%, so it was no surprise they kept up that trend.  Devendorf and Flynn were just unconscious in the first half.  They started out slow in the 2nd, but overall they both had phenomenal shooting nights.  As a team, Syracuse shot 12-25 from behind the arc.


- Providence had 46 points in the paint — just shows how much they tore about the Syracuse zone.


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

Sharaud Curry – Just a spectacular game.  8-10 shooting, including 3-4 from downtown — that included a freakin’ 40 footer as the shot clock neared down!

Jonny Flynn – Unstoppable.  But what was with all that smiling at the end while your team was losing?

Jonathan Kale – Best game as Friar.  When did he add such a deadly jumper to his game?  He leads the BIG EAST in FG% in conference games!

Marshon Brooks – Every time Syracuse even thought about making a comeback, Marshon nailed a 3

Eric Devendorf – Hard to put a guy here who scored 27 points, but the guy had NINE turnovers.

Jeff Xavier – Rough shooting night, and didn’t seem to contain any of Syracuse’s guards on defense

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AP Article – “Curry leads Friars to upset over No. 15 Syracuse” – “Men’s Basketball Upsets #15 Syracuse, 100-94”

The Providence College men’s basketball team (14-6, 6-2 BIG EAST) upset No. 15/15 Syracuse (17-5, 5-4 BIG EAST) by the score of 100-94 on Wednesday, January 28 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Six PC players scored in double figures, with a team-high 22 points coming from senior guard Sharaud Curry (Gainsville, Ga.). – “Flynn Records a Career-high 35 Points as Friars Secure 100-94 Victory Against the Orange.”

A career-high 35 points from sophomore Jonny Flynn and 27 points from junior Eric Devendorf proved too little as Providence secured a 100-94 victory against #15/15 Syracuse (17-5, 5-4) at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Friars (14-6, 6-2) won their first game against the Orange since the 2003-04 season when Providence posted a 71-64 victory versus the Orange in Rhode Island. – “Friars’ run-and-gun game shoots down Syracuse”

After scoring points in bundles against some of the Big East’s best teams, it’s safe to say that the runnin’ and gunnin’ Providence Friars may be indeed for real. – “Friars Journal: Kale is becoming a prime-time player”

Jonathan Kale is picking the perfect time to play the best basketball of his career at Providence College.

After three seasons of inconsistent play (and minutes), the former St. Andrew’s School big man has become a rock inside for the Friars as a senior. – “Reynolds:Friars’ win not one that can be overlooked”

He might have been hired last April, complete with trumpets and a showy press conference, but the Keno Davis Era really began last night.

The night the Friars beat Syracuse in the Dunk. – “SU Providence Recap”

It happened so fast it was as if it didn’t actually happen.

But it did.

And it was all Providence needed to gain a little separation and go on to a 100-94 win over Syracuse at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Wednesday night. – “Syracuse Humbled by the Friars”

After a brutal home loss to Louisville, the #15 Orange hit the road for a mid-week tilt with Providence. As expected it was an offensive shootout, with the Friars ending up on top 100-94. Jonny Flynn had a career high 35 points and Eric Devendorf came through with his second straight 20 point effort (27), but it wasn’t enough as six Friars scored in double figures to outlast an injury-riddled Syracuse lineup. – “Injury-depleted Syracuse can’t keep up with Providence”

“I think that hurt us a lot,” SU sophomore Rick Jackson said of Rautins’ absence and Onuaku’s obvious limitations. “We’ve never played without them two. We weren’t sure if Arinze was going to play and we knew (Rautins) wasn’t going to play. We went in there and really relied on Jonny and E to score points for us.” – “Orange comes up short in its must-win game”

He didn’t start the game and his whereabouts in the days leading up to it remain strictly hush-hush, but Paul Harris was here on Wednesday’s stormy night doing what he could do to fend off the Providence College Friars.

Didn’t work, unfortunately. Not in the wild Dunkin’ Donuts Center where PC meant Particularly Commendable and the Friars looked like so many Jimmy Walkers and Ernie DiGregorios out there on the court, much to the delight of the ranting sellout crowd of 10,873. – “Eric Devendorf scores season-high in loud Dunkin’ Donuts Center atmosphere”

About the only time PC fans fell silent where Devendorf was concerned was when he sank one of his six 3-pointers, or when he managed to slither into the lane to convert a lay-up.

He did that a lot against the Friars.

Sports Network – “Providence upends No. 15 Syracuse”

Sharaud Curry led the way with 22 points and four assists as the Providence Friars upended the struggling 15th-ranked Syracuse Orange, 100-94, in a Big East showdown at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

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Kevin McNamara – Halftime Blog post

Kevin McNamara – Post Game post

The Truth About PC Basketball – “Peeling the Orange”

When Sharaud Curry got the ball in his hands with 3 seconds left on the shot clock and shot an absolutely picture perfect jumper from 40 feet out, I knew this game was going to be special.

Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician – “Quick, Somebody Hit Ctrl-Alt-Dlt On The Last Two Weeks” Live Blog

Court rush?
I’m 5-foot-6 (and a half!) and I feel like the fans are going to rush the court so I’m going to pack up now.

Both teams are good offensively and were playing at a high level. It came down to who could get the most stops. Whenever we get stops, it opens up our transition game.

Sharaud Curry via

Geoff McDermott takes the handoff for a first down

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PC-Syracuse Highlights from ESPN