So after the first round of THE GAUNTLET, the Providence Friars were promptly stuffed in the face with a big puffy foam thingy by the likes of the American Gladiator TURBO. Thankfully, the Friars get a “breather” (compared to the other 5 games, no disrespect to our opponenet) for round 2 when Marquette comes to town for a rematch. This is definitely the most winnable game of the six game GAUNTLET, but it’s still worrisome considering this is the same team that blew out PC by 30 just a little more than two weeks ago. However, Marquette found a way to lose to DePaul on the road immediately after thrashing the Friars, so who knows what to expect from this team. The Golden Eagles have gone 3-2 since defeating Providence, but the wins were against Rutgers, DePaul, and Connecticut. Who doesn’t beat Connecticut these days?
Plus, it’s Parents Weekend at PC! Lots of opportunities for family members to mosey onto the court during the game!
Read more after the jump.
WHAT TO: KNOW
Game Time: Saturday Noon
Opponent: Marquette Golden Eagles (14-8, 5-5)
Location: The DUNK
Spread: Marquette -2.5
ESPN AccuScore Prediction: PC 78, Marquette 75 (PC wins 57% in 10,000 sims)
CBS Prediction: Marquette 82, PC 75
Pomeroy Prediction: Marquette 84, Providence 79 (67% confidence)
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- Darius Johnson-Odom might have seen like one of those “random” players who scored their career high against the Friars, but he has been putting up some great numbers as a freshman as the season progresses. Since his 22 point outburst against PC, Johnson-Odom has scored 7,17,16,15, and 21 points.
- Maurice Acker was another one who burned PC with 6 threes. While he has only scored double digits twice since then, Acker has hit 4 threes on both of those occasions.
- How was DePaul able to upset the Golden Eagles? They forced them to play one of the slowest pace games they’ve played in 6 years. Don’t expect the game today to be played with only 53 possessions!
WHAT TO: READ
After two consecutive road games, the Friars will return home to face Marquette for the second time this season. PC has posted a 4-7 record all-time versus Marquette, including a 1-5 mark since the Golden Eagles
joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06. PC is 2-1 all-time at home versus Marquette, 0-5 on the road and 2-1 at neutral sites. This season, Marquette defeated the Friars, 93-63, on January 17 in Milwaukee. In the only meeting between the two teams last season, Marquette defeated the Friars, 91-82, on January 17, 2009 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. PC’s last win over Marquette was a 74-59 victory on January 4, 2007 in Providence. The Friars have earned a number of key wins in team history against the Golden Eagles. PC defeated Marquette, 70-64, on March
21, 1963 in the team’s run to its second NIT Championship in three seasons. The Friars also upended Marquette, 81-59, on March 14, 1997 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, sparking the team’s run to the Elite Eight.
GoMarquette.com: Marquette Travels To Providence For 11 a.m. CT Matchup With Friars
Featuring an offensive attack that is averaging 9.1 treys made per game in conference outings, Marquette is currently ranked first in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.424).
Through games of Feb. 4, Marquette has knocked down 177-of-417 from behind the line, edging St. Mary’s’ 42.1 percent (203-of-482) from distance. MU’s effort on the season includes an impressive conversion rate of 44.0 percent (91-of-207) in BIG EAST play.
Sophomore guard Darius Johnson-Odom leads the way with 51 treys, but a total of six players have drained at least 10 3-pointers on the year.
Projo.com: Friars need to shore up defense
It’s hard to find any ray of sunshine in PC’s efforts at the defensive end of the floor right now. PC is 1-4 in its last five games and has fallen several steps behind in the race for a middle-of-the-pack finish in the Big East. The reason, without a doubt, is a matador defense.
Projo.com: Capsule Preview: Marquette vs. PC
The Golden Eagles come to town thirsting for a victory to keep their NCAA hopes going strong. Coming off an 80-69 win over DePaul that avenged a shocking 51-50 loss to the Blue Demons
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal: Game 23: Providence
“It’s the first one we’ve had in a long time, so hopefully when we land in Rhode Island Friday afternoon, they’ll think that we can win in a state other than Connecticut.,” said coach Buzz Williams. “I think there’s some carryover, but there’s no carryover unless you do what you have to do on both ends of the floor.
WHAT TO: WATCH
Sophomore guard Darius Johnson-Odom helped the Golden Eagles jump ahead of DePaul early and never look back in the victory.
Marquette highlights versus UCONN
WHERE TO: WATCH
The game will be carried on TV by COX locally, and on the BIG EAST Network (ESPN Full Court, SNY for NY/NJ).
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
As always, I’ll be on the Twitter @friarblog with in-game updates.