So a few buddies of mine ended up making the trip to Chicago for the game last night (the three of them probably made up 20% of the crowd). Two are followers of the site (Fact of the Matter and ChiFriar), so I thought, cool maybe I’ll get some good in-game action photos, or first hand accounts of the DePaul crowd trying to taunt our players. Well I got something even better than that. Apparently this guy sat directly in front of them.
Is that Michael McDonald? Is he a DePaul fan?
“I don’t care. Anything. I would rather… I would rather watch “Beautician and the Beast”. I would rather listen to Fran Drescher for eight hours than have to listen to Michael McDonald. Nothing against him, but if I hear “Yah Mo B There” one more time, I’m going to “Yah Mo” burn this place to the ground.”
How did they even see the court with that in front of them?
Anyways, so yeah the game. Well Providence was down by 7 with about 3 minutes to go after playing the worst basketball you can possibly play. If DePaul had any offense whatsoever, PC could have been down 20+. Thankfully Marshon Brooks (who didn’t start because of his ankle) took charge and really sparked the ridiculous run that turned that deficit into an eventual 20 point advantage early in the 2nd half.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- DePaul just could not score from anywhere on the court. Anywhere. Three pointers? Clank. Easy close layup? Rimmed out. Their 39% effective field goal percentage was pretty dreadful. Against the Friars, only Vermont shot worse this season (just barely, 38.3%). This was even bad by DePaul’s standards, as it was their 4th worst shooting performance of the season, and 2nd in 4 BIG EAST games. PC’s numbers could have been a lot better, if not for the slow start and the fact that the bench guys got a lot of run in THIRTEEN PLUS MINUTES of garbage time. At least Johnny Lacy finally popped his cherry of making a three pointer this season (1-5 last night, 1-17 on the year). It’s all uphill from here baby.
- Turnovers were a big problem for both teams in the first half, and was a big reason DePaul was able to grab the lead until late in the 1st half. The Friars offense just came out very sluggish and couldn’t get any good looks. Even though both teams were a little better in the 2nd, PC still had a great 19-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
- Without Mac Koshwal, the Blue Demons did surprisingly well on the rebounding front. Tony Freeland had a game high 4 offensive rebounds, but, and correct me if I’m wrong, he was the guy who kept getting the ball at the end of the first half as time expired and his final shot was waved off. For the Friars, Bilal Dixon (3 ORB), Greedy Peterson (2), and Marshon Brooks (2) paved the way for getting 16 second chance points (versus DePaul’s 6)
OTHER STAT NOTES
- DePaul’s offensive rating was the fifth lowest the Friars have held their opponents to this season. It was surprisingly better than St. John’s!
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Marshon Brooks - Didn’t make the start because of the ankle, but really sparked the Friars run at the end of the first half. Every time he takes a three he either gets fouled, or tries to make believe he got fouled. Sneaky. I love it!
Mike Stovall – The lone, completely by himself by a country mile, bright spot for DePaul. It’s pretty bad that I really didn’t notice him putting up 30 points. Then again, the last 15 minutes of the game seemed like 4 hours and I was easily distracted.
Vincent Council – Had a few turnovers here and there, but had his daily dose of spectacular passes that even left ESPN announcer and PC alumn Doris Burke impressed. If Gerard Coleman was at home watching the game, he probably sh*t his pants out of pure joy.
Duke Mondy – 9 points on two three point-plays (on two really tough shots) and a sweet stroke three pointer. I think it came in a stretch of like 5 minutes or so (IIRC), so it was big during the run that put away the Blue Demons
Jamine Peterson – It’s weird to give a player only two bowls after getting a double-double with several highlight dunks, but his first half was mostly pretty poor, and it led to the Friars being down by as many as seven. Lots of bad shots it seemed. At least he finished his game strong.
Will Walker – This was the same guy that torched us for 30 something points last year? 0-5 from downtown and 2-10 overall. With Koshwal out he needed to carry the load.
Brian McKenzie - …
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeats DePaul, 79-62
The Providence College Friars improved to 3-2 in BIG EAST action (11-6 overall) when they earned a 79-62 league win over DePaul (7-9, 0-4) on Thursday, January 14 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. The Friars were led by a team-high 17 points from junior Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and sophomore Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who recorded a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds).
DePaulBlueDemons.com: DePaul’s Loss to Providence Not So Divine
This could have been the perfect night for DePaul to cast aside the burden of a BIG EAST Conference losing streak.
It could have been a new beginning for the Blue Demons in their first game being directed by interim coach Tracy Webster.
Instead, Providence spoiled Webster’s debut with a strong second-half performance in a 79-62 victory over DePaul at Allstate Arena that extended the Blue Demons’ BIG EAST losing streak to 23 games.
Projo.com: After slow start, Friars overwhelm DePaul
“DePaul came out with an incredible amount of energy and took it to us the first 15 minutes of the game,” said PC coach Keno Davis. “But I’ve been saying all year that our team may be young but we seem to know how to adjust to situations. We never give up and now we’re learning to play with leads. We’re getting experience and we’re getting better. To get a second road win in the Big East, I can’t be prouder.”
Projo Hoops Blog: PC blows out DePaul, 79-62
The Providence Friars shook off a slow start and have finished blowing out DePaul, 79-62, tonight at Allstate Arena.
Chicago Tribune: DePaul loses 23rd straight in Big East
The only truly perceptible change before things started Thursday was the editing out of Wainwright from the pregame video montage, as scores of seats remained unoccupied and a general uneasiness reigned.
Chicago College Basketball: Change at DePaul doesn’t change result in Big East
You can replace the coach, but unfortunately you can’t replace the players and you can’t change your whole scheme in a week. DePaul found that out the hard way as the Blue Demons showed many of their old tendencies, even while displaying some new tricks, in a 79-62 loss to Providence on Thursday in front of 7,533 at Allstate Arena.
Chicago Breaking Sports: Second-half swoon dooms DePaul in Webster debut
The new beginning for DePaul had a familiar, melancholy ending.
Clinging to a chance at ending their Big East misery in interim coach Tracy Webster’s debut, the Demons imploded in the second half and lost 79-62 to Providence at Allstate Arena.
Daily Herald: Good and bad signs in Webster’s debut
For Tracy Webster’s first game as DePaul’s head coach, the school chartered a season-high 12 buses to tote its students from the Lincoln Park campus to Allstate Arena for Providence’s 79-62 win in Rosemont.
DePaul (7-9, 0-4) suffered a huge blow when the found out Mac Koshwal would be out 2-4 weeks with a foot injury. The bigger blow might have been the disappointing effort the Blue Demons played with in the second half, as the Providence Friars (11-6, 3-2) clicked in every aspect of the game and defeated DePaul, 79-62 in Chicago.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Providence 79, DePaul 62
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OTHER TWITTER REACTIONS
PCDen Took Ash to her first NBA game! Too bad the C’s tanked it. At least PC won on the Deuce tonight for an overall good night!
KatieJaneONeil Great to be able to watch the #Friars all the way from Atlanta!!
rjsuperfly66 friars win, friars win. lets go!!!
CoxSports #Friars take care of business. This win was expected; on to Marquette. Go Friars!
PCAthletics PC wins!!
MCMSwets Great road win for the Friars tonight! 79-62 over DePaul. Jamine Peterson’s alley-oop #5 on ESPN’s Thursday Top 10.
JohnGasaway DePaul fan in 90 pct empty Allstate Arena just made the “No. 1!” sign to the camera. “No. 1!” is literally unavoidable.
chicolbball If there was enough height on this team for Mike Stovall to play 2-guard instead of forward it would help a lot.
neilfrancisco Did Greedy just try to pass it to himself off the backboard? #friars
raphiellej I’d like to propose a trade: DePaul and future cash considerations for Memphis. I think it would work out for both sides. $5 mill for C-USA