The Providence College Friars look to go 4-0 for the first time in fifteen years, as they take on the Prairie View A&M Panthers (1-3) for the second US leg of the Cancun Challenge. The Panthers are a small, quick team that will throw a lot of guards out on the court, but the Friars should be able to handle them before heading off to Cancun to play the rest of the tournament.
WHAT TO: KNOW
Game Time: 7:00PM
Opponent: Prairie View A&M [Southwest Athletic Conferene]
Location: The DUNK
CBS Daily Scores Projection: PC 81, Priarie View 61
Ken Pomeroy Projection: PC 89, Priarie View 60 (PC wins with 99% confidence)
Continue the preview after the jump!
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- No let down: After PC won their opener against Dartmouth handily, they struggled to win against Yale. Although Yale might not be as quite bad as people think (they beat BC on Thursday night), Providence could simply not get their offense going. Everything clicked for the Friars in the 2nd half against Morgan State, resulting in a big victory on Thursday. Whereas the defense has been pretty consistent (albiet for a little lapse against Yale for 5 minutes), the Friars offense needs to pick up where it left off two nights ago. Prairie View’s D has struggled so far this season (107.8 adjusted defensive efficiency), so there’s a good chance it will.
- Another strong defensive showing: On KenPom.com, the stat categories are color coded depending on how good/bad the category is compared to the rest of the nation. If you see red, things are not going well. If you head over to Prairie View A&M’s for this season, you see all kinds of dark red. Their adjusted offensive efficiency rating is 86.5 (points per 100 possessions), which is ranked 334 out of 345 teams. The team shoots poorly (especially on 2-point shots), they don’t create many chances with offensive rebounding, and they have trouble getting to the line. Bilal Dixon and the Friars defense should have no problem putting up great defensive numbers again.
- Another Dixon Double-Double: By double-double, I mean 10+ defensive rebounds and 10+ offensive rebounds. The Panthers have given up 20+ offensive rebounds in two games so far, and have a #337 ranking in offensive rebounding % allowed. Opponents have been able to rebound more than half of their own misses (56.7%), so the Friars should be able to get lots of 2nd chance points.
- Panthers Creating Turnovers: Last season, the Panthers excelled at creating turnovers, coming in at #38 in the country with a defense that caused a 23.0% turnover percentage. Prairie View hasn’t been able to duplicate that success in their 4 games so far this season, but they can look to get back on track against a Friars team that had trouble in this department in their first two games. PC should keep an eye on Panthers’ transfer senior point guard Trant Simpson, who was 4th in the SWAC in steals two years ago.
- Interesting Names: Looking at the Prairie View roster, three names jumped out at me. Senior forward Brandon Webb, junior guard Tim Meadows, and sophomore guard Beloved Rogers. The student section should have fun tonight. I suggest trash talking the entire night in the voice of the Ladies Man. Instead of your typical light domestic beers, perhaps you should enjoy the game with a nice fine glass of courvoisier.
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WHAT TO: READ
Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]
Prairie View A&M opened its season with a pair of games in the Badger State, falling to Marquette, 97-58, before dropping a game to Wisconsin, 99-55. Trant Simpson led the Panthers with 14 points in each game. The Panthers played their first home game on Tuesday, November 16, defeating Arlington Baptist, 82-58.
Projo.com: Capsule Preview: Praire View A&M at PC
The Panthers are playing their fourth road game of the season tonight…In the midst of a major rebuilding job. Meadows is only returnee among last year’s top seven scorers.
Rimm is aware the Panthers probably don’t have a player who can score 25 a night, as Hugee did at times last year. But this will be a deeper, more versatile Prairie View team. And there is some firepower on the roster. It just might take a little while for it to manifest itself.
WHAT TO: WATCH
Marquette captured its tenth straight regular season opening win, coming away on top of Prairie View A&M, 97-58. Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 18 points, and Jae Crowder continued his consistent play with another strong effort of 11 points and 7 rebounds. Brad Galli with more from the Bradley Center, including the starting lineup’s game of musical chairs.
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
WHERE TO: WATCH
This one is on All-Access video
For those cheapskates out there, it’s also on CHANNELSURFING.NET tonight.
Note: Due to college football obligations (he took his talents to South Beach this afternoon for the Miami game), John Rooke will not be calling the play by play tonight. Chris Fama (who calls the women’s games) will sub in his place next to Joe Hasset.