So what are we going to see from the Friars after Saturday’s debacle? Well, I’ve heard that practices have been going really well (and two players everyone lashed out were “kicking arse” in the process), but your guess is as good as mine. It’s likely the same starters will see the court to start the game, but we will have to see how the new minutes are distributed. I expect to see a fired up team, and playing UConn in front of a good crowd will certainly help as well.
That being said, it wouldn’t be a proper Huskies preview without pulling out the infamous “Why We Hate UCONN” post from the Godfather. This post is about 9 years old, and is part of Friars internet lore — it’s simply legend-… wait for it… and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the second half of that word is DAIRY!
WHAT TO: KNOW
Game Time: 7PM
Opponent: UCONN Huskies (13-6, 3-3)
Location: The DUNK
Spread: UCONN -5
ESPN AccuScore Prediction: UConn 77, PC 73 (UConn wins 60% in 10,000 simulations)
CBS Prediction: Uconn 75, PC 68
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- Everyone is worrying about PC’s defense, but their offense is going to need to bring it versus the Huskies as well. UConn has a fantastic adjusted defensive efficiency rating of 89.7, ranked #29 in the nation. They don’t force a lot of turnovers, but hold teams to an insanely low percentage on two point shots (40.2%, ranked #2 in the country). Teams have had better success from behind the arc against Connecticut (31.5%, #64), so the Friars better hope to shoot similar to how they did against USF.
- Senior guard Jerome Dyson will take a majority of the shots for the Huskies. To put it in perspective, Dyson takes a third of UConn’s shots when he is on the court — that is slightly more than Greedy Peterson takes (31.0%) for the Friars!!! Let’s hope he avoids the side of the backboard .
- 6-9 Senior Stanley Robinson is their most efficient scorer and 2nd best rebounder. Offensively, he is putting up shooting numbers that Friar fans would like to see out of Greedy Peterson. Robinson, like Greedy, is also not afraid to take shots behind the arc. However, he seems to have better shot selection to go along with an impressive 44.7% (21-47).
- Sophomore point guard Kemba Walker versus Vincent Council. This should be a real interesting matchup for the next several years. Walker is amongst the best PG in the conference, so we shall see how VC stacks up against him. I sense they will be fighting it out on All-Big East teams in 2011 and 2012!
WHAT TO: READ
The Friars will return to action on Wednesday, January 27 versus 19th-ranked Connecticut at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars have posted a 26-41 mark all-time versus the Huskies. The Friars are 12-16 at home, 11-22 on the road and 3-3 on neutral courts all-time against Connecticut. The two teams fi rst met on January 21, 1928 with Connecticut earning a 29-21 win in Storrs, Conn. Last season, UConn defeated the Friars, 94-61, in Storrs. PC’s last win over the Huskies was an 85-76 victory in Providence on March 6, 2008. The Friars are 6-4 in their last 10 games versus UConn, including a 4-1 mark on the road.
Projo.com: Capsule Preview: PC vs. UConn
The Huskies fell out of the national polls after three straight losses earlier this month but wins over St. John’s and Texas pushed the team to 19th in this week’s AP poll.
Connecticut News: Huskies back to business; Calhoun not yet
Providence is coming off a painful overtime loss to USF, a game it led by nine points with 44 seconds to go. It’s likely the Friars will be pumped up but..
“We usually get everybody’s best effort regardless,” Edwards said.
Hartford Courant: Sky High Off Texas Win, UConn Needs to Come “Back to Earth”
“The Providence game is proabably just as important as the Texas win because it would be our first Big East road win,” Gavin Edwards said. “That’s a pretty important task we have to do as a team. A lot of us haven’t experienced one yet, and I think that would be a really big steppingstone.”
Hartford Courant: Huskies Face Challenge In Smaller Friars
Defending the Friars is more complex than that, Blaney said. While UConn (13-6, 3-3) has to be aware of three-pointers, Providence also spreads the floor with three or four guards, creates a lot of second chances on long rebounds when threes aren’t falling and has enough athletes to score on drives if an opponent is too focused on limiting jump shots.
Daily Campus: Huskies aim to change fortunes on road
“Practice went really good yesterday; we came back very intense,” Walker said. “Plus [Providence] will be a little lifted the way they lost their game. We know they’re gonna come out with a lot of intensity; they’re coming off a couple of losses so we’re gonna have to match that intensity.”
The Friars are having a rough year, even by Providence standards. Non-Conference losses to Alabama, Boston College, Rhode Island and Iona, had the PC faithful worrying about the Big East schedule, and so far, their worries have been warranted.
Middletown Press: UConn Men: Huskies look to avoid ‘letdown’ tonight in Providence
The talent discrepancy between the UConn men’s basketball team’s last opponent and the one it plays tonight may not exactly parallel the size of the state of Texas compared to Rhode Island. But it’s close.
Greenwich Time: After big win, UConn men know there’s still work to do
The Friars (11-8) seemingly don’t have the same pedigree or potential as the Longhorns, but they certainly can present UConn with some problems. And each year Providence, regardless of its record, always seems to give UConn a challenge.
Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun remains on medical leave and will miss Wednesday’s Big East game at Providence.
Calhoun, who left the team a week ago, seems to be doing well and is “talking more aggressively” on the phone, said associate head coach George Blaney, who led the No. 19 Huskies (13-6, 3-3) to wins last week over St. John’s and then-No. 1 Texas.
CBS Sportsline: Connecticut vs. Providence
UConn, though, has yet to head on the road without its coach, and the Huskies have not fared well outside of Connecticut. They are 0-3 in true road games and 1-2 at neutral sites, one season after going 9-1 on the road and 8-2 at neutral sites.
The Sports Network: Red-hot Huskies take on Friars in Big East affair
Having regained their swagger, the 19th- ranked Connecticut Huskies now take aim at the first true road win of the season against the Providence Friars tonight in a Big East tussle at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
WHAT TO: WATCH
We are used to seeing a lot of great highlights from Greedy, but check out this alley-oop by Stanley Robinson in the 2nd half of the Texas game. Wow.
The Michigan Wolverines got a big win at home, upsetting the UConn Huskies 68-63. Verne Lundquist and Clark Kellogg recap all the action.
The finish of the game as Lance Stephenson wins the game for UC over 10th ranked UConn 71-69.
UConn point guard Kemba Walker and the rest of the Huskies are stars on the court, but he tells us what the team is like off the court. ESPNU Campus Connection Reporter Marcus Lynam has more from Storrs.
WHERE TO: WATCH
The game will be on COX locally, and part of ESPN Full Court. It will also be on SNY for those in the NY/NJ area.
Online, you can watch it on ESPN360.com
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
As always, hit me up on Twitter during the game @friarblog