Friars Links 11.4.10

dave@friarblog —  November 4th, 2010 1:50 PM
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Jeff Goodman: Big East preview: New favorites

14. Providence: The Friars have a quality backcourt with Vincent Council and freshman Gerard Coleman but need Marshawn Brooks to be consistent.

Goodman also lists Keno Davis as the only coach on the Hot Seat.

Gary Parish: Big East preview: Fewer ‘names,’ but still powerful

14. Providence 

Keno Davis finished last season on an 11-game losing streak, then endured an offseason nobody could enjoy. Two freshmen were expelled, Jamine Peterson (who averaged 19.6 points and 10.2 rebounds last season) was dismissed, and, when you consider that Sharaud Curry has exhausted his eligibility, now Providence is without its two best players from a team that finished 4-14 in the Big East. A similarly dismal record seems unavoidable.

NCAA tournament? No

NBA.com: Clippers vs. Thunder Recap

Ryan Gomes got his first win as a member of the Clippers, as they edged the Thunder 107-92.

Gomes had a solid overall game with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, but he really helped on the defensive side against Kevin Durant.

That said, the success of the offense paled in comparison to that of the defense, which wholly suffocated a potent Thunder lineup. Employing a defense-by-committee approach (featuring Gomes, Butler, and Eric Gordon, primarily), the Clippers completely shut down Durant — the league’s scoring champion managed only 16 points (just over half his mark from last season) on a dreadful 6-for-24 shooting performance, including 0-for-10 from beyond the arc.

“I didn’t want to give him too much space, even though he is taller and he is able to get shots over guys, because there’s no guy that has his athleticism and his height that plays the 2-3 position in this league. And when he did drive, we had guys there on time and ready to make him kick that ball out,” said Gomes. 

Some other Tweets about Ryan:

@Drewggy: “Finally found Durant’s kryptonite, and it’s…Ryan Gomes?”

@Haralabob: ”Ryan Gomes did a great job on Durant tonight. Denied him the ball and made him take tough shots”

@jbundy24: ”those were nice back to back three pointers by Ryan Gomes #clippers”

TWITTER: I AM A TRIVIA MASTER!

This one was a toughie, but thanks to StatSheet I was able to get it! 

How did I get it? Well since Google wasn’t giving anything remotely useful, I went to StatSheet’s player search.  I did two searches by First Name – one for Bryce and one for Brice.  I then scanned the list to see if there were any common schools, and voila!

I finally beat the other Friar fanatics on Twitter!  They are a smart bunch.

Greyhound Sports: Who is Jamal Barney?

Interesting article about the life of former Friar Jamal Barney, who is now entering his senior year for Loyola (MD).  Even though he had a down year as junior last season, he is one of the most talented players in the MAAC.  He scored 18 ppg as a sophomore after sitting out a year, and made 2nd Taem All-MAAC.  

Barney played for PC for just one year in 2006-2007, and was in the same class as Brian McKenzie and Ray Hall.  He left Providence College for Loyola so he could be with his daughter. Not that it would have mattered this season since he would have graduated last year (although Ray Hall is still playing, so who the hell knows??), but it’s always interesting to play the “What If” game.  Although, we had Jeff Xavier after two years of scoring quite well in the MAAC, so I guess there’s nothing to see here.  Just go read about Jamal’s life, it’s been tough.

Through the years, and despite the troubling influences that surrounded his everyday life, Barney has never forgotten where he came from. Indeed, he has an acute sense of how dangerous, yet transformative, growing up in West Baltimore was. His right arm is a veritable shrine to his childhood neighborhood. Two years ago, he purchased a basketball court for kids at the intersection of Monroe and Loretta Street.

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