WHAT TO: KNOW
Game Time: 7:00PM
Opponent: Dartmouth Big Green (Ivy League)
Location: The DUNK
Spread: Providence -22
ESPN AccuScore Game Projection: PC 82.5, Darmouth 58.1 (PC wins in 94.2% of 10,000 simulations)
CBS Daily Scores Projection: PC 80, Dartmouth 59
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- The Friars are going to have defensive problems most nights again this year. Tonight should NOT be one of those nights. If PC lets Dartmouth score more than 60, I might as well start up a sweet heroin addiction immediately following the game. Last season Dartmouth had an atrocious 81.6 adjusted offensive rating, good for 344 in the nation. Southern, Alcorn State, and our own neighbor Bryant were the only worse teams. Dartmouth shot horribly from everywhere on the court, didn’t get to the line much, and rarely gave themselves 2nd chances with offensive rebounding. Throw in the fact that their leading returning scorer (senior guard Ronnie Dixon, with a scorching 9.2 PPG) is out, and it might not be pretty for the Big Green or Keggy the Keg.
- With Dixon out, Dartmouth’s next best player is Clive Weeden, a 6-9 center who led the team in rebounding at 4.8 per game. Junior forward David Rufful and sophomore center Matt LaBove round out the main scoring threats (if you wanna call it that).
- Lee Goldsbrough was the first man off the bench in the Bentley scrimmage, despite being a potential redshirt candidate. Remember, if anyone steps foot on the court during any game, they will not be eligible for being redshirted. Fans should keep an eye out if freshman Brice Kofane enters the game, because many consider the choice to be between him and fellow freshman Goldsbrough. Personally, I hope Keno doesn’t opt for anyone to sit out this year – The Friars will need the defensive help of Kofane, and the potential offensive production of Goldy off the bench this year.
- We know Marshon Brooks can put up great scoring numbers against these weaker non-conference teams. You know what I would like to see tonight? ASSISTS. You know, that thing that Vincent Council piles up all the time? Marshon has put up back to back seasons of 44 assists. When you play 30 games each of those seasons, that doesn’t average out too well. Obviously he is not a point guard who looks to pass first, but the Friars need him to start getting his teammates involved. In the BIG EAST, big scoring nights might be hard to come by, so let’s get on the assist train early on.
WHAT TO: READ
Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]
Providence and Dartmouth last played in the 2008-09 season, with the Friars picking up a 100-82 win. Then-sophomore Marshon Brooks led the way in Keno Davis’ first victory as the Providence head coach. Brooks scored 18 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Dartmouth holds an advantage in the series, with nine wins to PC’s six. The last Big Green win, however, came on December 12, 1938, when Dartmouth beat Providence 41-24 in Hanover.
DartmouthSports.com: Men Tip Off at Providence Saturday Night
Coming off a 1-13 Ivy League season, the Dartmouth Big Green were pegged for eighth place in the preseason media poll. Princeton, which has won 25 Ivy titles, edged out Harvard, which is still searching for its first, for the top spot in the poll with 12 of the 17 first-place votes. The two-time defending champion and 2010 Sweet 16 participant, Cornell, was chosen to finish third.
Projo.com: Friars will need their veterans to lead
Brooks, the team’s leading returning scorer, has often feasted on non-Big East opponents. Over the last two years, he’s exploded for 18 or more points nine times in 24 games. He’s eclipsed the same total six times in 36 Big East games. He’ll be asked to lead the offense much more in his senior year, especially in this upcoming four-game home stand that also includes games against Yale (Monday), Morgan State and Prairie View A&M
Projo.com: Capsule Preview: Dartmouth at PC
The Big Green hope to move on from an awful 2010 by bringing back head coach Paul Cormier. A former Boston Celtics assistant, Cormier compiled a 87-95 record over seven seasons as the coach at Dartmouth from 1984-91. He twice led the Big Green to second-place Ivy finishes
WHAT TO: WATCH
Highlights from a random Ivy league game last year when Dartmouth played Cornell.
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
Twitter.com: I’ll be live tweeting the game @friarblog.
WHERE TO: WATCH
This one is not on TV anywhere. It’s 2010.
WHERE TO: LISTEN
John Rooke and Joe Hasset will be brining you the live audio from WEEI. You must subscribe to CBS All-Access, which is maybe 10 bucks a month.
iTunes: Friars.com iPhone App
If you have All-Access, you can access the audio on your iPhone if you want to shell out another $4.99 on the app. I downloaded it last week and gave it a quick test. Other than the game audio, it’s not worth it at all. So if you don’t have All-Access I would not waste your money on it. I am going to use it to listen to the game tonight, so I will post my review of it later in the week.
I am not sure if this will work, but this might be a way to listen for free — as long as you don’t mind out of town announcers, might be everyone’s best bet.