WHAT TO: KNOW
Game Time: 7:00PM
Opponent: Yale Bulldogs 0-1 (Ivy League)
Location: The DUNK
Spread: Providence -17.5
ESPN AccuScore Game Projection: PC 81.6, Yale 60.8 (PC wins in 92.4% of 10,000 simulations)
CBS Daily Scores Projection: PC 84, Yale 66
Ken Pomeroy Projection: PC 87, Yale 67 (PC with 96% confidence)
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- Let them shoot: Last season, Yale had one of the countries worst three point percentages (29.5%). Alex Zampier, their second team All-Ivy League player who graduated, accounted for a large majority of their threes. In their opening loss to Quinnipiac, the Bulldogs hoisted up 21 from behind the arc and only made 5 (23.8%).
- Expect more Friar Friarpower on offense: Yale does not defend particularly well, as evidenced by their 105 adjusted defensive rating last season (PC’s was 104). In their loss to Quinnipiac, they let up 84 points in 70 possessions.
- Energy: There is no denying the energy that youngsters Gerard Coleman and Bryce Cotton brought to the team in the opening win. Too many times (even dating back to the Tim Welsh era) over the years, the team came out flat on the defensive side. This kind of thing is infectious, so let’s hope it carries over the next few games.
- Minutes: Everyone but injured Brice Kofane saw time on Saturday night. It remains to be seen how serious the hamstring is, and whether or not it will play into the idea of a redshirt. Regarding the other reserves, it will be interesting to see how the minutes get distributed tonight if the game is a little closer than 40 points.
WHAT TO: READ
Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]
The Bulldogs went 12-19 last year, 6-8 in Ivy League games. Head Coach James Jones’ squad returns two starters in seniors Michael Sands and Porter Braswell. Sands is the top-returning scorer, after averaging 10.8 points per game last season. Braswell posted 6.0 points per game a year ago. Yale was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League in the annual poll of media representatives.
YaleBulldogs.com: Bulldogs Head To Providence Monday
Yale and Providence are playing for the second straight year. The Friars earned a hard-fought 87-78 win last year at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Bulldogs led by as many as 11 points in the first half and had a 61-54 lead with 12:28 left in the game. The Friars, though, went on an 11-2 run, capped by a Marshon Brooks three-pointer that gave PC the lead for good, 65-63, with 8:53 left. Providence has won three straight over the Bulldogs and leads the series 9-7.
Projo.com: Capsule Preview: Yale at PC
The Bulldogs return to The Dunk for the second consecutive season. They opened their season with an 84-75 loss to Quinnipiac on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun.
Friar Basketball: The Week Ahead: Busy Second Week for Friars
While the Bulldogs gave PC problems a season ago, Yale is expected to finish in the bottom half of the Ivy League. Mike Sands was their returning leading scorer and one of only two returning starters from a season ago, but he has left the program for personal reasons. Not good news for a team that looked like it was already going to struggle to score.
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
WHERE TO: WATCH
The game is not on TV
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
I tested this out on Saturday. It’s pretty awesome. You must be an All-Access subscriber to listen to the live audio stream however. The app is $4.99.