Ah, the annual Providence-URI game. If you ask me, there’s nothing quite like a good “U R High” or “Pee Cee” joke that will surely surface between both fans on message boards and during the game. Saturday’s game is a sold out one (if you want tickets, they don’t have them on Stubhub for some reason, so maybe Craigslist is your best shot) at the Ryan Center. This is big because the visiting team hasn’t won a game in the series since Rhode Island was named.
Who will be crowned the champion of Cacapoopoopeepeeshire?
WHAT TO: KNOW
Game Time: Saturday, 1:00PM
Opponent: Rhode Island (4-1) of the A-10
Location: The Ryan Center
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- A fast paced game on both ends of the court. URI is extremely athletic, and comes into the game with a very similar adjusted pace as the Friars (URI: 72.2, ranked #61; PC: 73.8 ranked #32). It will be interesting to see how much Keno decides to press to try to slow them down a little bit, considering how BC was able to beat it so easily for most of the game.
- A balanced offensive attack by URI. Four URI players (Keith Cothran, Lamonte Ulmer, Delroy James, and Will Martell) average in double figures. I’m just glad Baron and Seawright are gone!
- Rhody’s only loss this season was to a similarly built team as them, VCU. It was the highest paced game they’ve played all season (78 possessions), and it resulted in a season high 22 turnovers. URI had excellent TO% numbers heading into the game, so it’s obviously going to be a big factor tomorrow as PC’s defense relies on it. URI has also greatly benefited from forcing turnovers (opponents have a 25.3% TO%, ranked #35). However, they might have a difficult time keeping that up Saturday since the Friars come in with a fantastic 15.7% TO% (ranked #12 in the nation).
- PC to resume launching from long range. Last game the Friars had a season low of only 11 three pointers taken. That barely put a dent in the distribution of points this season, as 32.3% of Providence’s points come from 3-point land. URI has let their opponents shoot 34.1% behind the arc this year.
- URI has been average in the offensive rebounding category, whereas the Friars come in ranked #4 in the nation in offensive rebound percentage (44.7%). Will Martell leads URI with 7 rebounds per game, so he is going to have to step up with Greedy Peterson flying all around after PC missed shots.
Here is URI’s player impact chart
WHAT TO: READ
Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]
Saturday’s game will be the 120th meeting in the PC-URI series history. The two teams actually have played 121 times as games in 1920 and 1921 are recognized by the NCAA as exhibition games (both games were won by the Rams). Providence leads the all-time series, 66-53. When it is
PC’s home game, the Friars are 35-23 in 58 meetings. When it is a URI home game, PC is 28-28. The Friars are 4-2 versus the Rams in games on a neutral court. The last time the two teams met at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, the Friars defeated the Rams, 66-65, last season on December 6, 2008. The last time the teams played in Kingston, URI defeated the Friars, 77-60, on December 4, 2007 at the Ryan Center.
GoRhody.com: Saturday’s Game vs. Providence Completely SOLD OUT
Saturday’s men’s basketball game versus Providence is a complete sellout, with the entire allotment of tickets for the general public and student body distributed.
Game time on Saturday is set for 1 p.m. and doors to the Thomas M. Ryan Center will open 90 minutes prior to tipoff – at 11:30 a.m.
Projo.com: PC-URI: A passion play for the Rams
Marshon Brooks grew up in Stone Mountain, Ga., just outside Atlanta. When he was recruited to Providence three years ago, he said he looked at the Friars’ schedule and didn’t know what the letters “URI” stood for.
“I really didn’t, but I found out very quickly,” he said.
It is that time of year again. Time for the PC-URI Rivalry to be renewd. Another chance for the Rams to get the chip off of their shoulder and another chance for Providence to show once again that although URI is the state’s school, the Friars are the state’s team A sell-out crowd at the Ryan Center will add to the atmosphere around the game. Many claim the rivalry is not what it once was, which given that we have not experienced beyond the last few years may be true.
Go Friars: Keno & Friars ready for the Ryan Center
Marshon Brooks, Jamine Peterson and Sharaud Curry have done a great job carrying the load – averaging 17,16 and 13 points respectively…..but after those 3 guys, there is a major drop off in terms of offensive production. Keno Davis is going to need other guys to step up tomorrow, in a hostile enviroment. And the Friars have the ability to do it….they will get after the Rams defensively and Keno will play 10-11 guys for sure tomorrow. But that’s the unknown part…..which of these guys will compliment Curry, Brooks and Peterson?
COX Sports Ram Report: Rams Ready to Host Friars
Tomorrow is always a fun day for diehard college hoops fans in the state. And especially for Rhody fans since the Friars have never played really well in the Ryan Center. And remember this stat for tomorrow – the visiting team hasn’t won in this series since 2002.
WHAT TO: WATCH
URI lost their first game earlier in the week to VCU — here is a post game video with some uncomfortably close up shots of Marquis Jones.
WHERE TO: WATCH
The game will be on COX for the RI people, but nowhere else as usual. The guy who has been putting it up on Justin.tv says he will do the same for this game. Hooray!
WHERE TO: LISTEN
If you can take listening to the URI broadcast, it will be free on Yahoo.
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
If you are not on the Twitter, feel free to comment in the game thread that will be up during the game.