What To / Where To: Game #6 vs. Boston College

dave@friarblog —  November 28th, 2009 8:03 PM
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I think we all know this is a big one for our Friars.   Every road game is going to be an adventure, so PC needs to take care of business at the DUNK (especially versus a high profile team such as Boston College). BC has struggled so far this season, and they come in short-handed — but they still have players that can really take over the game. I’ve seen coach Al Skinner do more with less.

Also important to note: I’ve heard several potential recruits who have Providence AND Boston College on their lists will be in attendance. Hopefully the team and crowd will show them a good time in Friartown.

I think it’s also appropriate to break out my post from last year (in case anyone didn’t read the blog then) about how UrbanDictionary.com defined the term “Boston College” (warning, some vulgar language in there).  One of the classics in the Friarblog archive if you ask me.

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 7:00PM

Opponent: Boston College Eagles (3-2) of the ACC

Location: The DUNK

Spread: Providence -2.5

ESPN AccuScore Game Projection: PC 81, BC 75

CBS Sportsline Projection: PC 76, BC 75

WHAT TO: LOOK FOR

  • BC will be missing their starting guard, Rhody native and one of their best players, Rakim Sanders.  He hurt his ankle last week in a game versus St. Joe’s.
  • Junior forward Joe Trapani will likely try to carry the Beagles tonight.   He has been solid from behind the arc this season (10-21, 47.6%), and was key in BC’s win over Providence last season — he scored 18 points and was 3-5 from downtown.
  • In BC’s two losses (St. Joe’s and Northern Iowa) , the opponents shot extremely well from 3 point land.  Let’s hope the Friars didn’t use up their 3 point mojo in the blowout against Vermont last week.  PC also needs to look out for the Eagles’ shooters, as they have shot over 50% from behind the arc in 2 of their 3 wins.
  • BC has typically been playing slower paced games, coming in with an adjusted tempo of 68.9 (possessions per game).   The Friars are going to look to push them as always, and hope to repeat their steals performance from last game.  BC has not been too great at taking care of the ball, as they come in with a 19.2 turnover percentage (ranked #97).
  • Can the Friars keep up their ridiculous rebounding numbers?  They clock in at #13 in Offensive Rebounding %, and average 54.8 rebounds per game.   BC has been outperforming their opponents in OR% in every game, so let’s see if Greedy Peterson can turn things around.

Here is BC’s player impact chart

NCAA Basketball Stats

WHAT TO: READ

StatSheet.com Pregame

Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]

The Friars return to action on Saturday, November 28 with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Boston College at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  It will be the 104th meeting between the long-time New England rivals. The Friars own a 57-46 advantage in the all-time series against the Eagles. The
teams first met in 1942, with the Friars earning a 64-37 win in Providence. In the most recent meeting between the teams, BC won, 81-76, on December 20, 2008 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.  The last time the two teams met in Providence, the Friars earned a 73-64 victory on November 22, 2006.

Projo.com: PC’s defense will be on the spot against BC

Beginning Saturday night against Boston College and continuing over the next 12 days, the Friars will play five games against teams that will more than test their defense. How the defense holds up will give fans a great window into just how well the Friars will fare the rest of the season.

Projo.com: Capsule Preview: BC at PC

Bleacher Report: Boston College Missing Rakim Sanders, While Road Tests Approach

Sitting at 3-2 through the front five games of the season, the Eagles appear desperate to get Rakim Sanders back, however, may have to make due without him for a few more weeks. With that being said, the Eagles look ahead to some tough road games.

Pawtucket Times: Rakim Sanders will miss tonight’s game against PC

The BC squad facing the Providence Friars tonight (7 p.m., COX3) at The Dunk does so albeit one notable exception: Rakim Sanders. The Pawtucket native is out with an ankle injury, the latest fait accompli in a season marred by frustration for both the player and the team he figures prominently on.
Sanders along with two teammates missed the opening two games, punished for an unspecific violation of team rules. His season debut went south fast, lasting not even four minutes after rolling his right ankle against St. Joseph’s in the first round of last weekend’s Paradise Jam.

News Tribune: Boston College (3-2) at Providence (4-1)

A New England rivalry is renewed this evening, as the Providence Friars play host to the Boston College Eagles from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Al Skinner’s Eagles have had their ups and downs this season already, as the team has won three times against two defeats. The team returns from playing in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, where BC went 1-2, including an 81-69 setback to Northern Iowa on the last day of the event.

Providence Friars Basketball: Pregame: Providence College vs. Boston College… Pluck the Eagles!

This game is another one of those opputunity games for this young Friar team.  A game that needs to be won.  Like Alabama, BC isn’t the greatest team right now, but they are a recognizable name from a major conference.  Not to mention PC and BC have a long history and a good rivalry, which all make this a big game for the students and for the players… But we all know that.

WHERE TO: WATCH

The game is on COX for you Rhody residents.  The rest of us could be screwed, as I don’t see a listing on the great ChannelSurfing.net.  Hopefully I’ll find something else so stay tuned.  Otherwise, it might have to be paid radio for me.  Maybe I’ll set up a CoverItLive chat so people that are watching can fill us in as well.

WHERE TO: FOLLOW

Friars.com Gametracker

I’ll be holed up in the Friarblog cave tonight for work reasons, so follow me as always during the game on Twitter @friarblog.  Join the conversation by using the hashtag #friars

If you are not on the Twitter, feel free to comment in the game thread that will be up tonight.

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