Archives For November 2009

Daily Links 11.19.09

dave@friarblog —  November 19th, 2009 5:09 PM

Let’s try to get this feature going again.

  • Pitino’s accuser could be going to jail for awhile as she faces more charges.  Stay classy Karen Sypher. []
  • Numerous NCAA Violations Surface at USF…I guess that didn’t pay off, eh? []
  • GREAT SUCCESS! Coach Keno’s recent blog entry after the first weekend of play. []
  • Remember that stupid student article about UCONN whining over PC’s celebrating ways?  Here is The Cowl’s rebuttal. []
  • Rough start for Ryan Gomes’ Minnesota Timberwolves.  Hey, at least they have one more win than the Nets! []
  • Cheerleader of the Day!  I can get on board with that. []

Before Alabama’s last game on Tuesday (an 86-69 win over Jackston State), starting guard Anthony Brock was suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.

So an Alabama team with only 11 players on its roster was down to 10 against Jackson State as it sought its first victory of the season. The Crimson Tide opened Saturday with a 71-67 loss at home to Cornell.

Brock, who came to Alabama last season as a junior college transfer, made his first career start in that game and scored 15 points.

While he is not the best player on the team, he is a pretty good shooter capable of putting up some points.

From ESPN’s preview

Three other contributors from last season return. Anthony Brock (5.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg), a 5-9 senior, also got a new lease on life after Pearson took over. He didn’t play a second in 10 straight games from Dec. 13 to Jan. 21. After Gottfried resigned, he played no fewer than 12 minutes in every game thereafter, and started putting up some numbers: 17 points against Ole Miss, 15 against Vanderbilt, 11 in an upset at Tennessee that he delivered with a banked-in three-pointer at the buzzer.

Brock wound up leading Alabama in three-point percentage (.449, 22-of-49).

Here is a chart of his team impact in scoring in an average of 16 minutes per game played last season.

There is no word on whether or not he will suit up against Providence tomorrow night.

John Rooke made an appearance this afternoon on an Emerson College radio show, and talks about the Patriots, PC’s upcoming game against Alabama, and also reflects on Pete Gillen’s sweating in the Friars’ elite eight run in ‘97.

John Rooke Interview (from 11/18)

Audio courtesy of “The Afternoon Delight” show’s website

Greedy’s Under the Leg Dunk at the Gym

dave@friarblog —  November 19th, 2009 1:23 AM

If I only had taped my dunking exploits while at Peterson Gym back in ‘99, I’d have a boat load of amazing YouTube clips like this one of Jamine “Greedy” Peterson doing an under the leg dunk.

Now, let’s work on those alley-oops!

More great work from YouTube user theoliver24

John Rooke, the “Voice of the Friars”, will appear on an Emerson College radio show called “The Afternoon Delight” (heh!) at 4PM today.

You can listen to their live stream by going here.

H/T host of the show and Twitter user ScottJackson2

NBE: 2011 PG Stevie Taylor Loves Providence

dave@friarblog —  November 18th, 2009 4:40 PM

2011 recruit Stevie Taylor had an unofficial visit to PC over the weekend.


Stevie Taylor is a pure point guard out of Lincoln High School in Gahanna (OH) who has played AAU for All Ohio Red and the Cleveland Basketball Club this past summer. Stevie is scat-quick at 5-8/5-9 with a complete understanding of how to play the game from the point guard position as well as the ability to hit runners/teardrops in the lane that make a player like him even more effective. He also shoots the ball very well from deep.

Here are some quotes from Taylor from the post

“It was a great visit,” said Taylor, “the campus and city are really unique and beautiful, plus I got to hang out with the team and coaches and understand the academic side of things.”

“Of course,” Taylor replied when I asked him if playing in the Big East is attractive to him, “everybody wants to play at the highest level and the Big East is no joke, it’s the real deal.”

The young PG has Ohio, Akron and PC listed as his final choices

Fourth-ranked Yates boys basketball opens by scoring 140

The host Lions came out roaring with a 140-81 win over a no-slouch Dickinson squad Monday night as 6-foot-1 senior guard Brandon Peters went for 39 points while Providence-bound guard Joseph Young added 33.

Wise isn’t sure if the 140 is a school record but he’s quite confident that Monday’s flurry was no fluke. Yates, the defending state 5A champions, is No. 4 in MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25 national high school boys basketball rankings. The Lions went 33-1 last season.

Not sure about the other stats yet, hopefully they will be available later.

H/T Twitter user SteveHartnett

Some teams may not be getting their wins in the most prettiest manner, but the BIG EAST is now a perfect 29-0.

Most people thought that DePaul would be the first to go down after finally playing their first game, but they beat Columbia 59-53 behind Mac Koshwal’s 19 points.

Who is going to be the first BIG EAST team to lose?  7 games will be played before the Friars next game on Friday night.

Cincinnati takes on Toleda at home tonight.

Pittsburgh and Villanova have relatively easy home match-ups on Thursday.  Syracuse has their hands full in their road game against #12 California, and South Floria is, well South Florida.  DePaul also has another game at 1PM on Friday at Northern Iowa, so there is a good chance someone will lose before the Friars tip off.  Not like it matters or puts any additional pressure on PC to win, but you just don’t want to be the one to make the final out during a huge rally.

Yes, I am aware that PC’s big “Junior Ring Weekend” finished up on Saturday night, and having participated in the festivities myself I know how those Sunday’s generally turned out on campus.  I was not at the game (distance reason’s baby!), so I can’t specifically comment on the crowd other than what others said.

Here is what Kevin McNamara of the Projo had to say in his column yesterday.

This is an off-the-court issue but a troubling one nonetheless. It must have been a heck of a night Saturday up on Pembroke, Oakland and Eaton Streets. Whatever ensued near the PC campus, it prevented the so-called “Friar Faithful” student section from getting out of bed for Sunday afternoon’s game. PC says it sold over 1,000 student tickets but less than 100 showed for the best game of the weekend.

It’s definitely unfortunate, but I’m guessing it’s an anomaly.

Thankfully, we really don’t have to worry this kind of situation too much since the only remaning home day game is on a Saturday at noon (February 6th) versus Marquette.  Either way, I’m confident the students will come back to their Fanatic ways (ESPECIALLY versus BC next Saturday night) — it seems like they do a good job organizing everything, and Keno also helps everyone get involved.

I’ll let our resident student Fanatics from our boys over at the blog The Truth About PC Basketball chime in with any thoughts.

Since games haven’t been on real TV so far, there are basically no good highlights to see on the web.  Although the games have been on the web streams, the quality is usually pretty crappy and choppy.

I found this great video linked by Marshon himself on Facebook.  It’s a good look at the introductions, and some great plays to begin the game by Marshon.


This user has other great videos that I will continue to check as the season goes on.

Good job theoliver24!

H/T Marshon Brooks!