Providence, just when I thought the season could not get any worse, you do something like this AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!!
It’s a great day to be a Friar fan. What a phenomenal job by Keno Davis and his staff getting the team to come together after the South Florida debacle. The team played intense, inspired basketball in front of an EXCELLENT crowd at the DUNK. The excitement at the arena really came through on TV as I watched on SNY.
Read the full recap of Providence’s 81-66 upset win over #19 Connecticut last night after the jump!
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- The Friars completely dominated UConn on the offensive glass, doubling them up 24-12. Greedy Peterson (14 rebounds total, 6 offensive) and Bilal Dixon (12, 5) combined for as many total rebounds as the Huskies (24) and came one short offensively as well! Alex Oriakhi had a great 5 ORB, but no one else on the Huskies had more than 2. When your point guard Kemba Walker leads the team in total rebounds (8), you know you are in trouble. PC turned those boards into 21 second chance points.
- Turnovers were plenty among both squads, but the Friars only ended up getting a 1 point lead from UConn’s 13 first half turnovers. Points off TOs was an even 15-15. It’s hard to imagine a team committing 19 overall turnovers when your PG Kemba Walker had ZERO, but UConn managed to pull it off. Vincent Council tied Jerome Dyson with a game high of 5 TO, but they all seemed to come towards the beginning of the game. VC took over the final 9 minutes, so all is forgiven.
- It wasn’t the best shooting performance from the Friars — can you believe they didn’t hit a three (0-7) in the second half and still won by double digits? PC didn’t need to hit any long range shots, scoring 28 out of the 45 second half points in the paint. Out of those 28 points, I think about 14 came from rim-rocking dunks. Sure helps when you have a PG who can cut through defenses and make perfect setups!
- Neither team did particularly well at getting to the foul line, and a big percentage of the Friars trips came when Connecticut kept fouling Sharaud Curry at the end of the game. He is not the one you want to send to the line, as he hit a perfect 10-10 from the stripe! That is why he is one of the top 10 foul shooters in the country.
OTHER STAT NOTES
- This was UConn’s 2nd worst offensive efficiency rating of the season, behind their Duke loss (78.7).
- Only St. John’s (79.7) and DePaul (84.9) had worse offensive ratings versus the Friars in BIG EAST play this year.
- Providence has only won twice with a lower offensive rating, versus St. John’s (100) and Brown (104.5).
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Jamine Peterson – I counted at least 3 plays that could have made SportsCenter’s Top plays. The alley-oop towards the end of the game…did his knees almost hit the rim??? Yet another dominant double-double.
Vincent Council – You can’t say enough about this kid. Stuffed the living sh*t out of the stat sheet with 8 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and continually beat his man off the dribble all night.
Bilal Dixon – 2nd double-double of the season, and first since his very first game as a Friar!
Sharaud Curry – Had an invisible first half, but scored 18 in the second on some nice shots and drives, plus a pristine 10-10 from the foul line.
Duke Mondy – THE DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE.
Kemba Walker – Had an amazing game with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and zero turnovers. Maybe he should have taken all the offensive duties in the last part of the 2nd half.
Stanley Robinson – Had a good shooting night, but only 4 rebounds from the team’s best rebounder?
Jerome Dyson – Woeful shooting and turned over the ball 5 times.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-8, 4-4 BIG EAST) knocked off No. 19/19 Connecticut (13-7, 3-4 BIG EAST) by the score of 81-66 before a raucous crowd of 11,136 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson led the way with a game-high 23 points along with 14 rebounds.
UConnHuskies.com: Huskies Fall to Friars, 81-66
Beating the top-ranked team in the country last week didn’t give Connecticut much momentum to build on.
One game after upsetting Texas to reclaim a spot in the rankings, the Huskies fell to Providence 81-66 on Wednesday night when Jamine Peterson had 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Four nights after publicly calling out his team’s talent and effort, Davis basked in the glow of his team’s best performance of the season. His Providence Friars shook off a few body shots from the 19th- ranked Connecticut Huskies Wednesday night and ran away from their Big East rivals, 81-66, before 11,136 fans at The Dunk.
“In this league you can’t have memories about the last game,” said Council, who continually beat UConn defenders off the dribble and finished with 8 points and 8 assists. “We had to go 100 percent hard, every play, every practice.”
Projo Hoops Blog: PC rebounds, upsets UConn 81-66
PC held off UConn runs midway through the first half and again near the 10 minute mark of the second and then pulled way late for the victory. Greedy Peterson was the best player on the floor with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Sharaud Curry added 18 points and Bilal Dixon added 11 points and 12 boards.
FriarBasketball.net: 20 Games in, this is Vincent Council’s team
On a night with a lot of angles, Vincent Council was the story. Greedy Peterson’s 23 and 14 were featured in ESPN’s postgame highlights, Bilal Dixon fought his heart out against a bigger frontcourt (11 points, 12 rebounds), and the team responded to Keno Davis’ challenge, but long time followers of Providence basketball have waited far too long for Council to overlook the impact he had on this one.
Truth About PC Basketball: We’ve got your number…
Seriously, I don’t know what the bigger total was, insane Greedy alley-oops or Jerome Dyson points. Here’s the thing, Jerome. Next time, when you respond to the student section, make sure you can back it up. Honestly, you would’ve been much better off if you just ignored us. Also, where was this Stanley Robinson kid I keep hearing about? Did he play?
CONNECTICUT / NE PERSPECTIVE
Hartford Courant Blog: Providence 81, UConn 66
The season of inexplicably flat performances and iffy NCAA Tournament hopes?
Momentum from Saturday’s victory over Texas?
The turnover-happy, defense-challenge, overall sloppy No.19 Huskies endured their worst loss of the season Wednesday, 81-66 to unranked Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Hartford Courant: Huskies Fall Apart At Providence
This second-half breakdown, air balls from UConn and uncontested Providence dunks among the various embarrassments, was built on failure in all the basic areas.
The Huskies couldn’t defend. They couldn’t score. They couldn’t rebound or take care of the ball.
Hartford Courant: For This One, They Needed The Tough Guy
Stamford Advocate: Providence thumps No. 19 UConn
“Just about everything that we hoped would not happen after the game on Saturday reared its head in the last nine minutes of the game,” acting head coach George Blaney said.
The Huskies fell to 0-4 in true road games and just 1-6 away from home in total.
Boston.com: Peterson, Friars dunk UConn
“We just took our foot off the gas. We thought that we had the game won already,’’ said UConn forward Gavin Edwards, who scored 17 points. “Everybody was just resting on their laurels from the Texas game, and as a result, nobody really came out to play, and we got beat.’’
The Day: Huskies Worst Fears Realized
In a span of a few days, UConn went from standing on top of Mount Everest to tumbling into an icy abyss.
It was an alarming free fall, to say the least.
The Huskies were at a loss to explain suffering their worst loss of the season Wednesday – 81-66 to Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center – after playing their best game in upsetting then-No. 1 Texas last Saturday.
Republican American: When Dyson goes cold Huskies are in trouble
“I don’t know,” Dyson said when asked why he had such trouble. “I can’t say.”
It wasn’t coincidence that as Dyson cooled offensively, so did the Huskies. With Dyson involved, the Huskies opened a 10-point lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. With him uninvolved, the Huskies needed the next 30 minutes to score 44 points.
Defensively, that might have been the worst effort I’ve seen from a UConn defense in years. I lost count at the number of dunks and easy layups and un-blocked-out offensive rebounders. Packing five guys around the hoop and watching Providence make 20 3-pointers would’ve been a much less frustrating way to lose this.
Something I didn’t think I would see: Providence ahead of Connecticut in the Big East standings. PC is 4-4, UConn is 3-4.
How about this quote from PC coach Keno Davis: “We can beat anybody in the country. We have enough talent, but we have to play extremely hard.’’ I’m not sure I’m buying that proclamation, but it’s good to know Davis has that much confidence in his crew.
New York Times Blog: UConn Returns to Its Struggling Ways
There was something missing here Wednesday night. The stomping on the floor. The spittle flying from the lips. The diatribes that seem like just one run-on sentence.
The No. 19 Connecticut Huskies missed Coach Jim Calhoun, being blown off the floor in the final nine minutes and falling, 81-66, to Providence. The Huskies, fresh off their victory over Texas, which was No. 1, looked as if they could have used a verbal beating all night.
The Sports Network: Recap: Providence vs. Connecticut
With the Huskies leading by three past the midway point of the second half, Providence took control with a 14-0 run. Connecticut didn’t score for more than five minutes as the Friars deposited shot after shot.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Providence uses second-half flurry to beat No. 19 Connecticut 81-66
Jamine Peterson had 23 points to go with 14 rebounds, scoring eight of Providence’s 14 straight points as the Friars took the lead and ran away from No. 19 Connecticut to win 81-66 on Wednesday night.
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OTHER TWITTER REACTIONS
kylerossi Congrats to the Friars on a huge W over UConn. And congrats to me for totally owning the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday.
PhillyFriar Gut check win for #Friars tonight. Solid work on the glass, D was improved — good signs going forward.
FriarBasketball Nothing better than walking past 4 buses of down on their luck Husky fans. Mad sweatshirt & jersey wearers were very quiet.
brendamclema doesn’t believe this is the same team and the reason why I love the Friars!
PCDen I truly love beating UConn especially when it happens so often and so vast a margin!
PeteThamelNYT PC Coach Keno Davis regrets ripping his team: “I shouldn’t have been as brutally honest with the media.”
BrendanPrunty People keep laughing when I say Keno Davis is one of the top coaches in the Big East. I will now point to 2nite UConn win as another example
SteveHartnett92 Friartown took it to Uconn once again 81-66. That is now 4 out of the last five? Maybe PC’s nickname should be the Dog Whisperers…lol
squirrelpoacher @friarblog VC stuffing stat line: 8pt, 7reb, 8ast,4stl (5to though)
gregjbutler @friarblog Is this a camp? Cause you just got council’d
PeaSchoir what’s more impressive, Council’s 8-8-8, Greedy’s 23-14, Curry’s 10-10 frm the line, Dixon w/ 1 foul lft 2 give? @friarblog @friarbasketball
Friartown Alright, now that’s a birthday present. 81-66 PC.
megfan GO FRIARS!! WE BEAT UCONN!!
MCMSwets Great win for the Friars tonight 81-66 over No. 19 UConn!!!
ocktalks1 Friars by 15 over the Huskies! When’s the dance begin?
lauraewhitney HELL YEAH #FRIARS!! Excellent win against UCONN!
VarahSasko LET’S GO FRIARS!!!! God I love PC!
kaymilll Still thrilled after the basketball game tonight. Loving the PC friars more than ever right now!