WHAT TO: KNOW
Game Time: 5:30PM
Opponent: St. John’s (10-3)
Location: Carnesecca Arena
Spread: St. John’s -5
ESPN AccuScore Prediction: St. John’s 76, Providence 74 (SJU won 52% of the time in 1,000 sims)
CBS Prediction: St. John’s 75, Providence 69
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- St. John’s to force their slower pace with good defense. The Johnnies come into the game with an adjusted pace of 67.5 (ranked #217), well below the Friars #11 ranked 75.3. Providence is going to have to be extremely efficient with the possessions St. John’s does give them, since the Storm has a good 93.2 (ranked #64) defensive efficiency.
- Not too many mistakes – The Friars have excellent turnover percentage numbers, but they have not been able to force any with good consistency. The Johnnies have been above average at taking care of the ball (18.9 TO%, ranked #77), but the Friars defense should give them a boost in that category.
- Providence has excellent offensive rebounding numbers so far in the season (still ranked #3 in the nation), but St. John’s has good size down low. Can they be the first team that can completely shut down the monster that is GREEDY?
- Will the Friars make Justin Burrell look like a First Team BIG EAST Player? He is their best inside scorer — we have seen what the defense can turn players into this season so far.
WHAT TO: READ
The Friars will return to action on Sunday, January 3 at St. John’s. The Friars and the Red Storm have met 96 times in the all-times se- ries, with St. John’s leading, 55-41. PC has posted a 23-19 mark all-time at home
against St. John’s, a 14-30 record at St. John’s and a 4-6 record on neutral courts against the Red Storm. The two teams first met on February 25, 1927 when the Friars earned a 36-33 win against St. John’s at Brooklyn, N.Y. In the Friars’ most recent win over the Red Storm, PC defeated St. John’s, 75-54, on December 31, 2008 at Providence. In St. John’s most recent win over the Friars, St. John’s defeated PC, 64-62, at SJU’s Carnesecca Arena on February 9, 2008.
Red Storm Sports: St. John’s Opens The New Year With Providence Sunday At Carnesecca Arena
Following a furious back-and-forth battle with No. 13/13 Georgetown on New Year’s Eve, the St. John’s men’s basketball team (10-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) looks to open 2010 on a winning note when longtime rival Providence (8-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) visits Carnesecca Arena on Sunday.
Red Storm Sports: Pregame Quotes
On Providence’s style of play:
“Providence is a more perimeter oriented team. We have to guard ball screens, contest shots and rebound. We also need to make plays when we have the opportunities.”
In its first Big East game, the Providence Friars showed they could put up plenty of points against one of the average defensive teams in the conference. Sunday afternoon, the offense will face a much tougher test.
St. John’s (10-3) is off to one of its best starts in several years and it looks as if Norm Roberts may have his best team in his five seasons as coach. The Red Storm’s trademark is its defense.
State of Friars Basketball: Preview for PC @ St. John’s
This a must win for the Friars. I know I am probably getting ahead of myself in thinking about postseason, but it would be huge for these young Friars go get to the CBI or even the NIT. However, the obstacle standing in-between them and these post-season tournaments are wins. At 8-5 and having to play several ranked teams, there is not much room for error.
Providence Friars Basketball: Pregame: Providence College vs. The University of St. John’s
It should be an interesting game. Looking at the stat line the teams appear closely matched. Obviously St. John’s has played some tougher games, and has much more experience, but it is definitely a potential win. Hopefully we clean up on the glass, and others, besides Greedy Peterson come out ready to play. This would be a nice game for Marshon to shake off whatever it is that is holding him back, and we hope Vincent Council gets himself back on track now that he has gotten his first BIG EAST game out of the way.
St. John’s is playing in the deep end now.
As the Red Storm segue into the teeth of their Big East schedule, which continues today versus Providence at Carnesecca Arena (5:30, SNY, WBBR 1130 AM), they will be relying more and more on the depth that is becoming the team’s signature trait.
Johnny Jungle: Friars for Sunday Dinner
Keys to the Game:
Defend the Glass. The Friars get a number of second chance opportunities. Those need to be minimized; and St. John’s has to get second chance points themselves. The Red Storm’s size and hustle inside make this an aspect of the game where they can really shine and make a difference against the Friars.
Run Intelligently. The Friars will run; the Johnnies like to run as well. But at times, they will need to slow the Friars down, control the pace, and set up their defense. Additionally, the team has to take advantage of the fast break opportunities – scoring without turning the ball over.
WHERE TO: WATCH
The game will be televised on COX for RI and CT subscribers. It will also be on the ESPN Full Court package, and any of the regional stations that pick up those games for the BIG EAST Network. For NY/NJ people, it will be on there on SNY. For those with ESPN360 access, it will also be online there.
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
As always, I’ll be on Twitter @friarblog.
I’m also thinking about doing a Live Blog, so check back gametime!