The Providence Friars lost another tough one to another tough team, this time against #4/#5 Villanova at the Wachovia Center. Despite losing their 5th game in a row, and dropping to below .500 on the season (12-13), Providence is showing improvement and fight. The Friars hung tough until referee Doug Shows decided to shorthand PC by giving a ridiculous foul and unnecessary technical to Sharaud Curry, causing him to foul out of the game with 8 minutes left. From that point on, the Wildcats ran over Providence like the picture below.
Believe it or not, this was called a blocking foul on Council (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Providence’s eFG% was dragged down by their 2-point shooting in the first half. The Friars were just 4-15 from the inside the arc, but 5-13 from behind the three-point line (mainly thanks to Sharaud Curry)! Villanova did not have to rely on their three point shot, and used a 56% on 2-point shots in the 2nd half to pull away. With many of Providence’s players in foul trouble throughout most of the 2nd half, Villanova scored inside easily with little resistance from defenders. Providence definitely had a better defensive effort than previous games, but the foul trouble clearly limited them in the 2nd half. For the record, Villanova has only had a lower eFG% in BIG EAST play against two opponents — Seton Hall and Marquette.
- The Friars were not able to control the boards, getting out-rebounded on the offensive glass 16-12. Peterson and Dixon combined for 5, but only other Providence players to get one were Curry and McKenzie, who grabbed one each. The rest were “team”. Even though Villanova had a 4 rebound advantage, they capitalized on them more, leading to a big 24-8 advantage in 2nd chance points. No Wildcat player had more than two offensive rebounds, but EIGHT different players grabbed at least one. Now that’s a team effort.
- Most of the turnovers for both teams came in the first half (10 of PC’s 16, and 11 of Nova’s 15). Greedy Peterson (who had all of his in the 1st half) and Vincent Council combined for 10 of the Friars’ 16. The miscues evened each other out as both teams scored 16 points off turnovers.
- With the way the whistles were going off every other second, it would have been a tragedy had PC not been able to get to the line often. After troubles at the line against Georgetown, Keno must have made that a priority because the Friars looked great once they got there. Vincent Council did not have his usual leaning after shooting habit, and hit 8 of 9 by drawing all sorts of contact with his drives. Bilal Dixon had also been struggling from the charity stripe, and went a solid 5-7. Apparently Greedy Peterson was off doing other drills, because he still had a disastrous time missing 4 of his 8 attempts. Villanova also went to the line frequently since they played most of the game in a double-bonus. Reynolds had a team high 8 foul shot attempts, 4 of which game on the ridiculous Curry double foul.
OTHER STAT NOTES
Interesting Plus/Minus numbers
Marshon Brooks: -16
Bilal Dixon: -5
Antonio Pena: +14
Scottie Reynolds: +14
Corey Fisher: -7
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Scottie Reynolds – I’m going to let SM from “The Truth About PC Basketball” handle this by way of his tweet during the game: “New NCAA rules. Scottie Reynolds can do whatever he wants.
Vincent Council – After his dud against Georgetown, he’s back baby. Keno did mention that he was “sick as a dog” against the Hoyas, so no need to worry about the FRESHMAN WALL quite yet. One can only hope that before he got over whatever it is he had, that he coughed on Brian McKenzie. Woh, did I just say that out loud? I’m already sick myself, so deal with that karma police.
Antonio Pena – Kept Greedy and Bilal off the boards with 10 defensive rebounds.
Sharaud Curry – I’m not sure if Curry has ever gotten teed up before (I’m guessing no), but this was only the FOURTH time in his career that he fouled out of a game.
Jamine Peterson – Eventually put up the 19-9 line, but wasn’t really effective in the first half and the stretch where Villanova pulled away.
Taylor King – I’m usually a fan of the goofy white guy who comes off the bnech, but something about this guy just rubbed me the wrong way. After the Friars got whistled about 18 times in a row (including the Curry double foul), King BLATANTLY tried to hold Dixon to get a offensive rebound. It was so obvious, even Tim Higgins would have called it if he was reffing in the DUNK. After he was called, he looked incredulous and complained about the call. Seriously dude? No wonder this guy was previously at Duke — the guy has douchebaggery written all over him.
Marshon Brook – Marshon needs to get stronger and put on some muscle. Eating one bowl game after game is not going to get the job done. 1-8 from the field? Dude.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated at Villanova, 92-81
The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-13, 4-9 BIG EAST) fell to No. 4/5 Villanova (22-2, 11-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 92-81 on Saturday, February 13 before a crowd of 18,622 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa. With the Wildcats holding a 62-58 lead with 9:34 remaining in the contest, Villanova used a 17-7 run over the next 4:46 to take a 79-65 with less than five minutes to play. From there, the Wildcats held on for the victory.
Projo.com: Ejection costs Friars in loss to Villanova
Down just four, 64-60, with 8:07 left, Curry got tangled up in front of the Villanova bench with Scottie Reynolds. Curry was called for a foul and then was slapped with a technical foul by official Doug Shows after expressing some degree displeasure with the call. Those two fouls added up to Curry’s fourth and fifth of the game, knocking him out of the game.
Projo.com: Friars Journal: Brooks stays positive, despite results
The junior guard was referring to his 1-for-8, 5-point performance in the Friars’ 92-81 loss to Villanova. While Brooks certainly didn’t play up to his ability, he is perhaps the perfect Friar to ask important questions to. The most pressing for the team right now is how it is holding together after losing five straight games and seven of eight overall against as tough a schedule as anyone in the Big East over that stretch.
Projo Hoops Blog: PC loses at Villanova, 92-81
Playing Villanova at full strength is one thing. Trying to spring the upset of the Big East season after a questionable foul call that robs you of a leading player is doubly tough.
Philly.com: Reynolds rescues Villanova again
Reynolds did it again yesterday, scoring 17 of his 22 points in the final 20 minutes to lead the fourth-ranked Wildcats to a 92-81 Big East Conference win over Providence at the Wachovia Center, and giving Jay Wright his 200th career victory as Villanova’s head coach.
The Times Herald: Villanova grinds out win over Providence
“Not the prettiest victory, but Providence makes you play that way,” Wright said. “They’re scrappy and quick and every time we tried to play big, they were too quick for us. We wound up playing a little smaller with Tone (Antonio Pena) as the five man. Tone is experienced enough that he can play against smaller guys. They’re tough to match up with. We survived. That’s the best I can say about it.”
CSNPhilly.com: No. 4 Villanova Too Much for Providence in 92-81 Win
“Different players have different knacks,” Reynolds said. “I guess one of ours is, once you sense [that moment] in the game, you’ve got to take advantage of it, because it could go like that, and it might not be there anymore. Once they make adjustments, things like that, then you have to start over again. Once you find it, you have to take advantage of it.”
Friar Basketball: Villanova Notes
Curry has his flaws, and certainly his detractors, but he’s been a solid four year player at Providence. He hit huge 3s in the first half when it looked as though the Friars were falling out of the game and when he fouled out Providence really missed him offensively. Many will play the “he gives up more than he scores” card with Curry, but there aren’t many players on this roster than you can’t say that about. He’s averaging 18 ppg, on 89% from the free throw line and 43% from 3 in Big East play. Numbers that won’t be easy to replace next year, especially on a team lacking shooters. Maybe Joe Young replaces him as our shooter next year and starts 23 games, scores 11.9 per game, shoots 36% from 3, and 89% from the FT line – Curry’s freshman year numbers.
VUHoops.com: Villanova Slides Past Providence, 92-81
Villanova (22-2, 11-1) continued its winning ways since last Saturday’s loss at Georgetown, taking Providence at Wachovia 92-81. However, this one was close for much of the game until Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher turned a tight game into another ho-hum double-digit win for the Cats.
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TTAPCBBall Bogus technical on Curry was the end of this one.
rjsuperfly66 Text from my dad: “How does Curry get a t with his back to the guy? Did he fart?” Sounds like typical Friar hate going on at Nova
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