What To / Where To: Game #5 vs. Vermont

dave@friarblog —  November 24th, 2009 2:54 PM
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The holiday and eating like Homer Simpson trying to get on work disability awaits.  Students are going home for the week to drink with all the people they hated in high school, and professionals everywhere are starting to zone out just thinking of 4 days of not working and 4 days of turkey and beer.  Before everyone checks out for the holiday, be sure to follow the Friars important home game against Vermont tonight. No looking ahead towards the BC game on Saturday!

“Before I turn into this, let me tell you about the upcoming game!

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 7:00PM

Opponent: Vermont Catamounts (2-1) of the America East Conference

Location: The DUNK

ESPN AccuScore Game Projection: PC 80, Vermont 75

WHAT TO: LOOK FOR

  • Homesick Catamounts – Vermont opens the season with 10 (TEN!!) straight road games.  This will be their 4th.  WHO ARE THE AD WIZARDS THAT CAME UP WITH THAT ONE?!?
  • Apparently this Marqus Blakely is so good that Andy Katz included him in his Weekly WatchMarqus Blakely, Sr., F, Vermont: Despite being sick and sitting out 15 minutes, Blakely still managed to total 17 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and four steals in the Catamounts’ 77-71 comeback win at Rutgers on Sunday.”
  • The Friars defense to step up – Through the first three games, Vermont ranks way towards the bottom nationally (314th) in Effective FG% (which adjusts for three pointers).  In two of their games the Catamounts shot only  33% overall.  In their win against Rutgers they were at 44%.  They are definitely less reliant on the three ball, averaging only 15 attempts per game  (PC takes twice as many). However, Vermont has not been making the most of their few long range attempts, as they have a very poor 23.9 3FG%.
  • Sharaud Curry to have a break out game offensively.  I mean, he is due right?  RIGHT?!
  • The Friars needed to cause some turnovers versus Alabama, and they came up way short.  Vermont comes into the game with an average, but considerably worse TO% than ‘Bama (19.0, 97th nationally).  Excellent.
  • Vermont has been doing a pretty good job getting to the free throw line – Marqus Blakely and Nick Vier each have a FT Rate above 60.  The Friars leaders in this department are Vincent Council (50) and Sharaud Curry (40.8).  This could spell trouble for the Friars, as they simply cannot afford to get into foul trouble down low, like ever.

WHAT TO: READ

StatSheet.com: Pregame

Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]

PC will host the Vermont Catamounts on Tuesday, November 24.  The Friars have posted a 5-0 mark all-time versus Vermont, with all five games being played in Providence.  In the last meeting between the two
teams, the Friars earned an 87-77 win on November 21, 2005.

UVM.edu: Cats Face Second Straight Big East Opponent, Take on Providence on Tuesday in Men’s Hoops

Tuesday will mark the fourth of 10 straight games to open the year on the road, as the Cats have won two straight after dropping their opener.

Junior Evan Fjeld had his biggest game in a Vermont uniform on Sunday in the win over Rutgers, pouring in a career-high 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor. Fjeld also added five rebounds, a career-best four steals and the his first collegiate three-pointer. His previous career-high point total came against New Hampshire last year when he tallied 18 on 7-for-7 shooting in a 72-56 victory. Earlier this year against Loyola, Fjeld recorded a career-high three blocks in the season opener.

Projo.com: Preview Capsule

Projo.com: Friars wary of Blakely, Catamounts

Vermont lost three starters off last year’s 24-9 team but Blakely is back and he’s the player coach Mike Lonergan has built everything around. A 6-foot-5, 225-pound forward, Blakely has already won two America East Player of the Year awards. He’s a strong rebounder, handles the ball on the fastbreak and makes shots from everywhere. He missed 15 minutes of the Rutgers game with dizzy spells, yet still stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 steals and 2 assists. As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Rutgers, his hometown friends from nearby Metuchen, N.J., were heard chanting “Mar-qus Blake-ly, Mar-qus Blake-ly!”

BurlingtonFreePress.com: Men’s Basketball team’s road trip continues

Two days after defeating Rutgers, the University of Vermont men’s basketball team will attempt to knock off another Big East Conference opponent.

Providence Friars Basketball: Pregame: Providence College vs. The University of Vermont

This is an important game for the Friars.  After Vermont, BC, Northeastern, and URI are up and its important to get another win in the books before than.  Make no doubt about it, Vermont is a quality team.  That said we are not reading too much into their win over Rutgers on the road the other day.  Rutgers may be a BIG EAST team and 2-1 but they have been less than impressive in all of those games (c’mon, it’s Rutgers).  Marqus Blakely is the real deal, but we think we have people on this team that can match up well with him on both ends of the court.

WHAT TO: WATCH

Highlights of their win versus Rutgers

WHERE TO: FOLLOW

Friars.com Gametracker

So, tonight’s game is going to my first predicament of the season regarding these 7:00PM starts.  See, last year was great because I worked from home.  Now that I have to commute to the city every day (AND actually have to do real work during the day), I generally don’t get home on a normal day until around 7:45.  Ugh.  Throw in the fact that CBS and college basketball is about a HUNDRED years behind Major League Baseball Advance Media — I mean, I can watch SIX MLB games at once on my laptop, and also one on my iPhone over 3G in excellent quality — yet in watching one CBS stream it’s so pixelated and sh**ty that I can’t tell who is who on the court.  It’s 2009.  Let me pay lots of money to see my team’s every game in good quality.   Anyway, so what was my point?  Oh right, so I might not be able to tweet / discuss the game in great detail during the first half.  Not like anyone will even notice.

WHERE TO: WATCH

The game will probably be on ChannelSurfing.net.  Check back here for an update

WHERE TO: LISTEN

Vermont’s website says that the game will be broadcasted on SportsJuice.com.  It looks like it’s free, so this may be a good option.

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