What To / Where To: Game #7 at Northeastern

dave@friarblog —  December 1st, 2009 2:43 PM
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The good thing about having such a young team is that there are always chances to see improvement, and there are always games you can use as stepping stones going forward.  Northeastern may not be as good as Alabama or Boston College, but a win against them on the road would be a huge step for this team.  The odds that PC will win all three of their remaining Out of Conference games are low, but if they can get several good performances and pull out some W’s before they set foot in South Bend for a BIG EAST road game versus Notre Dame — the team can gain some confidence and valuable experience heading into the belly of the BEAST.

On to Northeastern!

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 7:00PM

Opponent: Northeastern Huskies (2-2) of the CAA

Location: Matthews Arena

Spread: Providence +3

ESPN AccuScore Game Projection:

CBS Sportsline Projection:

WHAT TO: LOOK FOR

  • Northeastern to try to sloooow the game down.  They come into the game with an adjusted tempo of 62.6 (possessions), which is the 324th lowest in the nation.  That is more than 10 possessions per game less than PC’s (73.6, ranked #39).  If NU can force PC into more of a half-court offense, Vincent Council will need to start to show more of his magic at the point.  The Friars can’t simply rely on hitting 40-50% from behind the arc every game.
  • Northeastern has been relatively stingy on defense with the few possessions they give their opponents.   Their 89.9 adjusted defense efficiency ranks 53rd in the country.
  • Once again, the Friars seem to have a good chance on paper at causing havoc with their defense.  Northeastern comes into the game with a 22.6% turnover percentage.  They have had 15+ turnovers in 3 out of their 4 games.  Let’s hope they didn’t take any notes from BC on how to break the Friars’ pressure.
  • Sharaud Curry to exact revenge.  Curry had a poor game in the opening loss last year (his first after returning from injury of course), one that most likely kept the Friars (and all of Curry’s senior buddies) out of the NCAA Tournament.   He started to heat up last game against BC, so hopefully his 3-point shot will be there tonight.

WHAT TO: READ

StatSheet Pregame

Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]

Northeastern enters Tuesday’s matchup with a 2-2 record. Last season, the Huskies posted a 19-13 mark (12-6 CAA) and avanced to the College Basketball Invitational. This season, the Huskies were
picked to ! nish second in the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Poll behind Old Dominion. Senior guard Matt Janning is the team’s top returning player. Last season, Janning averaged 14.3 ppg and earned All-CAA First Team honors for his efforts. Janning ranks first on the Huskies in 2009-10 with 15.3 ppg. Senior Nkem Ojougboh leads the team with 7.8 rpg and is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.8 ppg.

gonu.com: Gamenotes [PDF]

The Northeastern Huskies look to make a splash today when they take on BIG EAST member Providence at Matthews Arena. Northeastern is hosting a BIG EAST team for the first time since Boston College in 1985, and is hosting a team from a BCS conference for the first time since Duke in 1995. The Huskies are coming off a thrilling win Saturday over Wright State and they remember their upset of Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center last season. Providence leads the all-time series 8-3, but has not appeared on Northeastern’s campus since 1931, a 60-32 Friars victory at the Boston YMCA.

Projo.com: Visit from Friars is a very big deal for Northeastern

New England’s most historic arena — it turns 100 years old in April — is rolling out the red carpet for a basketball game against a team from the Big East. That hasn’t happened since Boston College bussed over to NU 24 years ago. This time, Providence College will tip off against the Huskies. The Friars haven’t played a game at Matthews since 1931.

Projo.com: Capsule Preview

PFB: Pregame: Providence College vs. Northeastern Univeristy

Last year is still vividly remembered.  The beginning of the Keno Davis era was met with a terrible home loss to the Huskies.  A small contingent of Northeastern fans chanted as they boarded their charter and PC students waited for the buses back to campus.  It did not sit well, and ultimately probably was a large part in the Friars not making it to the NCAA.

WHAT TO: WATCH

Check out some highlights of Northeastern defeating Wright State at the buzzer.

WHERE TO: WATCH

For you Rhode Island residents, the game will be on COX.  It will also be simulcasted on ESPN360 only for COX Subscribers

This is the first time that ESPN360.com has granted exclusive college basketball rights to a specific internet service provider — the online coverage is exclusive to Cox high-speed internet customers. And as with all content airing on Cox Sports, which includes Providence College and University of Rhode Island basketball, only Cox cable customers will be able to watch on television.

There will also be exclusive halftime content from Big East Media Day available only on ESPN360.com, so those watching the game on TV will have to log on to ESPN360.com to view it. Cox Sports interviewed other Big East coaches about this year’s Providence team.

If you do not have COX, I do believe the same guy who Justin.TV’d the game on Saturday night will be hooking us up again.  Check back here gametime.

WHERE TO: LISTEN

If you subscribe to CSTV All-Access, the game will have the John and Joe radio stream as always.

The game will be on for free at WRBBSports.com

WHERE TO: FOLLOW

Ahhh! No Friars Gametracker!!

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.

Thoughts about the game anyone?

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