What To / Where To: Game #4 Alabama

dave@friarblog —  November 20th, 2009 2:39 PM
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The Providence Friars take on Alabama in Tuscaloosa tonight.  Friars first road game.  Potential BIG EAST perfect record at stake.  FRIARS perfect record at stake.  Fun times all around.  Good thing it’s a Friday night.

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 8:00PM

Opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide (1-1) of the SEC

Location: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL

Spread: Alabama -5

Roster notes:

  • From everything I’ve heard, Marshon Brooks WILL be playing tonight.  Whether or not he will be 100% is another story.
  • Alabama senior starting guard Anthony Brock will NOT be playing, as he is suspended indefinitely.

WHAT TO: LOOK FOR

  • Marshon Brooks’ play right out of the gate.   We all know what kind of fast starts Brooks can put together, so we should be able to get a good gauge of how his ankle is feeling right away.  Give him the ball, and see what he can do.
  • Lots of scoring, mostly from the outside.  Alabama and first year coach Anthony Grant would like to play a similar style as the Friars, and even seems to have similar perimeter defense issues.  While their pace numbers haven’t been as high as the Friars so far this season (Friars – 71 possessions per game, Alabama – 66 ppg), they are still transitioning from more of a half-court offense that they had last year under previous coach Mark Gottfried.  I know it’s another year and an entirely different team, but I am also flashing back to PC teams frequently coming out to road games with flat defensive intensity.  The Friars have had plenty of time to rest after three games in three days, so hopefully their defense is what can put them over the top tonight.
  • Alabama really struggled in the rebounding department in their last game against Jackson State. The team wasn’t great as a whole in the first game against Cornell aside from 6-9 forward JaMychal Green (10 boards). I can hear Greedy salivating.
  • Lots of substitutions. We all know how Keno likes to play a lot of guys to keep them fresh as they run and gun — 10 Alabama players average at least 10 minutes as well. The scoring table will be hopping tonight.

Here is a player impact chart to get a good feel of where all of Alabama’s stats come from.

Here is PC’s

WHAT TO: READ

StatSheet.com: Pregame

Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]

RollTide.com: Men’s Basketball to Host Providence in Friday Night Game

PC will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to face the University of  Alabama on Friday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m. EST.  The Friars hold a 2-3 mark all- time versus the Crimson Tide.  The last time PC faced Alabama, the Friars earned a 76-71 win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on November 29, 2003.  In PC’s only  game in Tuscaloosa, the Friars were defeated by second-ranked Alabama, 69-61, on December 21, 2002.

Projo.com: Capsule Preview

Tuscaloosa News: Alabama matches up better with Providence

For the first time this season, the University of Alabama basketball team will pick on someone its own size — which could be a good thing or a bad thing.

Alabama (1-1) will host the Providence Friars of the Big East Conference tonight at 7, the first time in the 2009-10 season UA has faced a team from one of college basketball’s power conferences.

At the same time, the Friars may not enjoy the inside size advantage that other teams have had against the Crimson Tide. The Friars aren’t small, but with a 6-foot-8 center and a 6-6 power forward, they will not tower over the Tide.

al.com: Grant, Alabama learning on court

“I think we’re a team that needs practice. We need to get better, but with that said, everybody across the country is dealing with the same thing. So we’ve just got to remain patient and understand that we need to be able to keep our focus on the present.”

Providence Friars Basketball: Pregame Providence College vs. University of Alabama

Historically PC has had its troubles when it comes to road games.  The new bunch, although, mostly freshman, need to shake this and a win in Tuscaloosa would be a great start.  Following their loss to Cornell only a crowd of about 2,000 (in the 15,000 seat Coleman Coliseum) showed up for their Jackson State game.  Granted this was a weeknight and a weak out of conference game, but with a football game early Saturday, we wouldn’t be surprised if the turnout wasn’t great again, which of course would help the Friars.

WHERE TO: WATCH

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WHERE TO: FOLLOW

Friars.com Gametracker

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