Fear not Friar fans, the end of the GAUNTLET is almost here! Sure, we’ve gotten a big fat ZERO points along the way, and nothing but bruises all over our bodies, but hey it looks like we will make it out alive. That’s not enough though. To make it through the rest of this season in Friartown, we need to be like Jack Bauer. We need to persevere and not give up. What did Jack do this season when Renee (she’s always been hot, now she’s crazy chick hot) stabbed him in the abdomen accidentally after repeatedly stabbing a Russian mobster to death? He didn’t pass out, fall to the ground in agony, or even “feel pain”. He pulled that mother effer out of his gut, and made a back handed throw into the neck of a different Russian Mobster to save the day.
So let’s do this tonight Friars! Let’s stab the Russian Mobster that is Syracuse Basketball and end this losing streak!
Now that’s a sexy GUANTLET!
WHAT TO: KNOW
Game Time: 7:00PM
Opponent: Syracuse Orange (25-2, 12-2)
Location: The DUNK
Spread: Syracuse -8.5
ESPN AccuScore Prediction: Syracuse 86, PC 74 (Cusewins in 80% of 10,000 sims)
CBS Prediction: Syracuse 87, PC 75
Pomeroy Prediction: Syracuse 84, PC 74 (80% confidence)
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- Vincent Council is still questionable to play tonight, and this is obviously a huge huge factor. Even if he does get on the court, you would wonder how effective he will be with a very sore right hand. Look for Sharaud Curry to play 40 minutes, and Johnnie Lacy to see more time than usual as well.
- Bilal Dixon is also shaking off an injury to his ankle. Remember, PC was able to stay in the game in the first half with great offensive rebounding when PC met Syracuse earlier in the month. Dixon can obviously pull in his share of offensive boards, so the Friars need him at full strength.
- Andy Rautins has been on fire lately, and we all know what big shooters can do against the defense. Rautins missed the game last year which Providence won at the DUNK due to an injury.
- Lots of Girls dressed like Lady Gaga
WHAT TO: READ
The Friars return to action on Tuesday, February 23 versus No. 4/4 Syracuse at 7:00 p.m. in Providence. The Friars have posted a 10-42 mark all-time versus the Orange. The Friars are 6-20 at home, 3-18 on the road and 1-4 on neutral courts all-time against Syracuse. The two teams first met on December 29, 1969 with Syracuse earning a 94-83 win in Charlotte, N.C. Last season, the Friars defeated No. 15 Syracuse, 100-94, on January 28, 2009 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. In the first meeting between the two teams this season atthe Carrier Dome, Syracuse earned an 85-68 win over the Friars on February 2.
SUAthletics.com: Providence Awaits #4/4 Syracuse
Syracuse is 10-0 away from the Carrier Dome this season. The team is 7-0 in true road contests and 3-0 in neutral-site affairs. The last time the Orange did not lose a road game in the regular season was in 1917-18.
With time on their side, the Friars settle into their home arena early on game nights. Make that real early. In a new schedule this season, Davis brings his players together five hours before a game at The Dunk. During that time, they’ll study an opponent’s attack, eat a catered meal, receive treatment on injuries, catch a nap, talk on the phone and be free to shoot as many free throws as they’d like.
Syracuse is one of the country’s elite offensive teams. Orange leads the country in field-goal shooting (52%) and averages 80.6 points a game
Syracuse.com: Orange Scouting Report: Syracuse at Providence
Andy Rautins wasn’t just hot, he was on fire at Georgetown. His five 3-pointers tied the most he’s made in Big East play this season. His 26 points were three shy of his career-high, which he set last season against Coppin State. He was 5-for-9 from 3-point range and also went 9-for-11 at the foul line.
Two wins away from the program’s first perfect road record in 92 years, the fourth-ranked Orange visit Providence on Tuesday night with plenty of confidence after blowing out the Friars earlier this month.
The Sports Network: Orange and Friars hook up in Big East action
A 75-71 triumph at nationally-ranked Georgetown last Thursday, coupled with a Villanova loss on Sunday, moved the Orange into sole possession of first place in the Big East at 12-2. The victory over Georgetown not only improved Syracuse to 6-0 against ranked teams, but it also kept the team perfect in true road games at 7-0. The Orange are now a healthy 25-2 overall and will host Villanova on Saturday in a game that could ultimately determine the Big East champion.
Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician: Not You Again, Providence
If any fanbase can understand Providence’s frustrations in the midst of the six-game losing streak (and losers of eight of their last nine), it’s Syracuse. Providence is just-about completeing a Big East gauntlet not seen since, well, Syracuse ran it last year.
Orange:44: Providence – Syracuse Preview
But make no mistake: this is a big game for Syracuse. Not in the sense that it’s necessary to secure a 1-seed in the NCAA Tourney or anything of significant importance, but more so to keep the high intensity going into that Nova game. Providence is a shell of its former self this year, somehow finding itself near the bottom of the Big East Conference, with lowly Rutgers and DePaul. Still, at 12-14 overall and 4-10 in the conference, the Friars can still steal games
The Daily Orange: 5 Keys: Syracuse/Providence
4. Get Wes back to 100 percent — Johnson vowed he’d be back to “Old Wes” by Tuesday. We saw glimpses in D.C., glimpses that he is losing the post-injury tentativeness that had been holding him back. While he has proven himself to be an effective shooter, SU truly needs Johnson to get to the rim with reckless abandon. If he’s healed, he’ll do just that against Providence.
CuseOrange: SU Faces Davis’ High-Flying Attack
SU’s loss to Providence last January remains as one of the most frustrating losses in Big East memory. The ‘Cuse hung 94 on the Friars that night at the Dunk and still lost, bringing back memories of high-scoring shortcomings to UMass and Rhode Island from 2007. 35 points from Jonny Flynn and 27 from Eric Devendorf, all for naught, thanks to double-figure scoring efforts from 7 Providence players.
WHERE TO: WATCH
The game will be carried on ESPNU
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
As always, I’ll be on Twitter @friarblog with in-game updates.