What To / Where To: Game #12 Yale

dave@friarblog —  December 21st, 2009 3:07 PM
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Finally, a game!  I was starting to lose my mind there for a second.  With no Giants game on Sunday, I was forced to get my sports fix for the weekend by watching the Jets.  Even though I could see the outcome coming a mile away, I just couldn’t look away.  For those Friar fans who happen to also be Jets fans…you’ve gone through a lot of tough losses for both teams…I applaud you for just getting out of bed this morning.

Anyways, the Providence Friars are closing out their out of conference schedule with a match-up against the Yale Bulldogs.  Since it’s been awhile since we’ve seen any PC action, let Mr. Burns get you warmed up with some calisthenics.  You wouldn’t want to pull any mu

Ahoy-hoy!

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 7:00PM

Opponent: Yale (4-6) of the Ivy League

Location: The DUNK

Spread: PC -20

ESPN AccuScore Prediction: PC 85, Yale 63 (PC won 90% of the time in 1,000 sims)

CBS Prediction: PC 76, Yale 61

WHAT TO: LOOK FOR

  • The Friars have had 9 days to stew over their loss to Iona, coupled with the stress of final exams.  I fully expect Providence to come out of the gates hard and dominate from the get go. They can’t have one of those games where John and Joe say from the beginning – “The defensive intensity is just not there”. It will sure help that Yale has been struggling in the shooting department this season.  Their effective field goal percentage of 44.5% ranks 289 in the country.  Even worse, their three-point percentage of 27.9 ranks 310.  PC has done an excellent job guarding the three this season, so maybe they won’t have to focus as much energy on that as usual.  Guard those easy two point buckets boys!
  • Hopefully PC won’t have any rust in the flow of their offense and in taking care of the ball.  One of Yale’s big strengths this year has been their ability to force turnovers (TO% of 25.1, ranked #23).  In three games this year, the Bulldogs forced their opponents to cough up the ball 20+ times — Hofstra, Quinnipiac, and Elon.  Not exactly the greatest competition, but hey turnovers are turnovers.
  • Greedy to hop on the double-double train once again.  Yale has let their opponents get a 35.6 offensive rebounding percentage (ranked #254).  As we all know, the Friars have the fourth best ORB% in the nation with 44.3%.   I mean, Yale let Quinnipiac get TWENTY FOUR offensive rebounds!  Greedy might look like Marvin Barnes tonight.

WHAT TO: READ

StatSheet.com Pregame

Friars.com Gamenotes [PDF]

The Friars will host Yale at 7:00p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It will be the Friars’ final regular season non-conference game. The game will mark the 16th meeting all-time between the two opponents, with the Friars holding an 8-7 lead in the series. The teams first
met on December 13, 1926 when Yale earned a 53-23 win in New Haven, Conn. In the most recent game between the two teams, the Friars defeated the Bulldogs, 76-63, on December 22, 2005 in Providence. The Friars have posted a 2-0 mark against Yale in Providence.

YaleBulldogs.com: Trip To Providence Follows Finals Break

The Bulldogs were picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League preseason media poll, released on Oct. 28 during a media teleconference. Yale has finished higher than projected in three of the last four years. Two-time defending champion Cornell is the overwhelming favorite. The Big Red received all 16 first-place votes. Princeton is second followed by Penn and Harvard. Columbia (sixth), Brown and Dartmouth round out the poll. The Bulldogs, who finished in a tie for second place with Princeton last year, lose four starters but return Alex Zampier, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection. Zampier led the Ivy League in free throw percentage (.848) and was eighth in scoring (13.2 ppg.) and second in steals (1.6 per game). In addition, Yale welcomes back four other players who averaged at least 10 minutes per game.

Projo.com: Davis hopes Friars learned their lesson in Iona loss

Davis says the Friars (7-4) spent their time since the painful 82-73 loss to Iona taking care of several duties. The players, of course, hit the books and wrapped up the first semester. With so many newcomers to PC, that is always a difficult time. The assistant coaches took some time to hit the road and recruit, as did Davis. In between the coming and going, the coaches also dissected the team’s offense and defense with an eye toward not only Yale but the dawn of the Big East schedule.

Projo.com: Preview Capsule

The Bulldogs end their exam break with a trip to Providence. Have played a tough schedule, with losses to Charlotte, Seton Hall and Hofstra … Last game was a 69-54 win over Bryant. Sands hit for 13 and Zampier scored 12 in the win … Zampier is one of the leading scorers and steals men (28) in the Ivies. He was an honorable-mention All-Ivy pick a year ago

Go Friars: LAST GAME BEFORE BIG EAST PLAY

Providence enters the game with a 7-4 overall record.  A lot of Friar fans are restless and strongly believe the record should be 9-2 overall.  A tough road loss at URI after having a big lead – and an upset loss at home to Iona from the MAAC, still sting the most loyal PC fans.  But the past is the past and the Friars have to move forward.

State of Friars Basketball: Preview for Yale Bulldogs @ The Dunk

Last game I figured the Friars would continue their dominance, similar to that seen at George Washington. But coming off of exams, I do not know what to expect from the Friars. Do I think they will win this game, absolutely, but I’m just not sure how much dominance they can impose on this Yale team after their poor performance last week.

WHAT TO: WATCH

Some highlights from some Yale games this season

WHERE TO: WATCH

Nothing I see on the usual sites so far.  Check back closer to game time to see if there are any online options.

WHERE TO: FOLLOW

Friars.com Gametracker

For the first half of the game, I’ll most likely be on the train following through my phone, and on Twitter as always @friarblog.  I’m hoping for an early blowout, so I can watch the big Giants MNF game!

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