NBE Big East Stock Report: Week 5

dave@friarblog —  February 4th, 2009 3:36 PM
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BIG EAST Stock Report: Week #5

6.  Providence 14-7, 6-3, Stock: Level

Last game: L 94-61 at Connecticut
Next game: Feb. 4 vs. Villanova

Current Streak: L 1

Strong Point: Providence continues to light it up in offensive categories, but perhaps that is due mainly to their Big East best 17.44 assists per game.  Guard Sharaud Curry has contributed the most with an average of 5.4 this year.

Area of Improvement: The Friars are giving up points in the second half at alarming rates.  In their three losses this year, they have been out-scored in the final period 156-103, squandering first half leads in all three games.

Overall Analysis: The past week has taught us a lot about Providence and what they have to do to win-score, and score big.  The Friars posted 100 points, out-lasting Syracuse’s 94 point rush, and were pelted by Connecticut when only scoring 61 points.  With a defense that is giving up 78 points per game, and a rebounding defense surrendering 37.8, it seems the only way Providence can guarantee a win is scoring at an extremely high pace.

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