The Providence Friars will take on Division-II Bentley in an exhibition matchup at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center tonight at 7PM. After a closed scrimmage last weekend against Stony Brook produced little to no information about the team, it will be good for Friars fans to finally see the overhauled roster in action, and perhaps get a feel for how the minutes will play out in the beginning of play next weekend.
I’ll be missing this one tonight from all forms of internet media, but here are a few other ways to follow the action if you will not be at the The Dunk. If anyone does attend, I would love to hear your thoughts on the game!
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- VC+GC: With the Friars striking out on all the forward prospects the last few weeks, it seems like the key to the team over the next several years will be the backcourt of Vincent Council and Gerard Coleman. Two guys who can drive will make the front court that much better. Let’s hope tonight is the start of an amazing on-court relationship.
- Any Redshirts?: There will be an interesting battle for minutes for the backup forward slots, so Friar fans should keep an eye on how Lee Goldsbrough and Brice Kofane (pronounced like GREECE, not ICE) perform tonight.
- 3 Pointers, Any Takers?: Even though PC is returning more minutes % than heading into last season, the Friars are only returning about 1/3 of their three pointers made. Considering how important the long ball is to Keno’s style of play, it will be interesting to see how many they take (and who takes ‘em). We know Marshon can shoot the three, but the next player with the most made last year after Brooks? — Vincent Council with 19.
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
If you have the Friars All-Access package, it should be on the radio stream.
WHAT TO: READ
The Providence College men’s basketball team opens its 2010-11 campaign with an exhibi- tion game against Bentley University. The Friars will take the floor with several new players, as Head Coach Keno Davis enters his third season. Providence has seven newcomers, in addition to eight returning players.
Davis spent time in D-II as an assistant at Southern Indiana and knows that the best in the country at that level can be stout foes. “The best Division Two teams are better than some Division One teams,” he said.
Davis says he’s looking for a stern test because he has a team with six true freshmen who all need to work up to speed quickly. PC opens its regular season in one week with a game against Dartmouth.
Bentley, one of the most successful programs in Division II in recent years, is coming off a 26-7 season that saw the Falcons reach the Elite Eight for the third time in four years and the national semifinals for the second time in three seasons. This year’s club was selected for tenth in the preseason Division II national rankings in The Sporting News College Basketball magazine.