What To / Where To: Game #11 vs. Iona

dave@friarblog —  December 12th, 2009 4:48 AM
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If you were driving on I-95 in Providence today, you would know there was a game on Saturday because Keno Davis tweets are showing up on billboards!   Being a huge nerd (and a big Twitter user), I think that’s awesome.

Image via PCAthletics on Twitter

Anyways, the Friars play their final game before a nine day layoff due to semester break.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to watch or listen to the game (NO TWEETING, NOOOO!!!).  Hopefully I will get some good accounts from you, the reader!

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 7:00PM

Opponent: Iona (5-4) of the MAAC

Location: The DUNK

Spread: PC -13

WHAT TO: LOOK FOR

  • PC to rebound defensively.  After giving up 97 to George Washington, PC should be able to keep Iona in check.  The Gaels come into the game with a somewhat poor offensive efficiency rating – 97.5, which is ranked #212.  Their scoring options are limited, as they only have 1 player who averages double digits (Scott Machado with 10.4 ppg).  The Friars on the other hand, keep raising their efficiency each game it seems, and they now stand at 114.7 (#20 in the country)
  • The Gaels have some good long range shooters, and have a great 39.2% from downtown.  PC has been generally really good at defending the three-ball this year, but they will have to watch out for Machado (40.9%), Kyle Smyth (39.5%), andJonathan Huffman (44.8%).
  • PC should have the rebounding edge, as Iona has not done too well – their 28.9 offensive rebounding percentage ranks 286, and they give up a 36.1 ORB% (ranked #261).
  • Iona has been great at forcing turnovers (27.6%, ranked #6 in the nation). They forced 20+ turnovers in five of their nine games.  Mr. Council, here are the keys to the offense!

WHAT TO: READ

StatSheet.com Pregame

Friars.com Gamenotes [PDF]

On Saturday, December 12, the Friars will take on Iona College at 7:00 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  The game will mark the fourth meeting all-time between the two opponents, with the Gaels holding a
2-1 lead in the series. The teams fi rst met on February 11, 1948 when the Friars earned a 67-63 win in New Rochelle, N.Y.  In the most recent game between the two teams, the Friars fell to the Gaels, 68-62, on January 5, 1998 in Providence.

Projo.com: Capsule preview: Iona at PC

The Gaels hope to come into town and steal a game from the Friars Saturday night. PC is wrapping up a stretch of four games in eight days… Iona has played several good teams tough this season. Its best win came against Creighton at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando…Coming off an 80-64 win over Long Island … Return four starters from a team that finished 12-19 a year ago

The State of Friars Basketball: Preview for the Iona Gaels (5-4, 0-2)

Final Score Prediction: I think the biggest difference in this game will be our scoring efficiency and rebounding. If we happen to miss, we should dominate with offense rebounds, as they seem to have no one who is willing to body up and grab a board. For Iona to have any chance, someone will need to step up and take over the game, and it appears that they really do not have any player like that.

PFB: Pregame: Pregame: Providence College vs. Iona College

Some of you may recall that Iona College was Tim Welsh’s team before his coming to Providence.  Welsh was in his last season at Iona last time these two teams played, leading them to a 68-62 win in Providence.  Iona has played some good teams very well this year, which makes them a dangerous team. Providence is expected to and should win this game, but Iona should not be taken lightly.  They have had trouble closing out close games, but so have we, so hopefully our experience in tight games helps out.

WHAT TO: WATCH

The last 6 mins of Iona playing Baylor on November 27th in the Old Spice Classic.

WHERE TO: WATCH

I’m assuming this will be on ChannelSurfing, but the schedule isn’t updated for Saturday at the time of this post.

WHERE TO: LISTEN

Looks like the game might be for free on Iona’s website.  Check here during gametime if there is no video feed.

WHERE TO: FOLLOW

Friars.com Gametracker

Bad news for the game — I won’t be tweeting! I will be missing tonight’s game, so hopefully other fans will pick up the slack. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #friars

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