The Providence Friars play their first true road game tonight at Boston College. Thankfully, there will be more than enough Friar fans cheering on the team, hopefully easing in some of the players who will be on the road for the first time in their careers. The Eagles have played a much tougher schedule than PC and beat several good teams, but the Friars have built up a lot of confidence with their home wins that will hopefully carry over into Boston.
With that, I leave you with a classic Friarblog post from two years ago.
WHAT TO: KNOW
Game Time: 7:00PM EST
Opponent: Boston College (6-2)
Location: Conte Forum
Spread: Boston College -7.5
ESPN Accuscore: Boston College 78.8, PC 75.5 (BC wins in 55.1% in 10,000 simulations)
Ken Pomeroy Projection: Boston College 79, PC 71 (BC wins with 79% confidence)
CBS Daily Selections: PC 78, Boston College 77
Hit up the rest of the preview after the jump!
WHAT TO: LOOK FOR
- Tough Test: This will be the toughest offense the Friars have faced so far, so the defense better be up for the challenge. Boston College comes in with one of the most efficient offenses in the country, putting up an adjusted offensive efficiency of 116.3 (#8 in the country). They have been playing at a much slower pace (an adjusted tempo of 64.8, ranked #308), only playing above 70 possessions twice this season. The Eagles rarely turn the ball over (only once did they go above a 20% TO%), and have more success with 2-point shots.
- VC versus Reggie Jackson: BC point-guard Reggie Jackson is making a name for himself with a great start to the season. Our best kept secret could be out if Council can lead the Friars to an upset with a great performance.
- Gerard Coleman’s homecoming: There should be plenty of Friar fans in attendance as usual at Conte Forum, but the cheers for freshman Gerard Coleman (who is from West Roxbury, MA and considered BC) might be the loudest. Here is what he posted on Facebook – “We got an away game 2moro..But it’s really a home game for me..The Fam gon be there..The whole Bricks gonna be on the scenary..Boston Stand Up..NIccCCeee..BC State Of Mind“
- Corey Raji’s Status: The senior forward is the 3rd leading scorer on the team, but he missed BC’s last game against UMass with a concussion. His status for the game tonight is unknown. This is important not only for his scoring, but Raji has also pulled down 22 of the team’s 77 offensive rebounds.
WHAT TO: VOTE ON
WHAT TO: READ
Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]
The Bulldogs are the one common opponent BC and PC have had so far, with Yale defeating the Eagles, 75-67, while PC topped the Bulldogs, 58-55. Reggie Jackson leads Boston College in scoring, at 18.8 ppg. He adds 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Joe Trapani adds 13.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg, while Corey Raji is the leading rebounder at 6.3 per game, while adding 11.1 ppg.
Projo.com: Capsule preview: PC at BC
The Eagles continue a busy early-season schedule with matchup against the Friars. BC has played a demanding schedule with wins over Texas A&M and California in a tournament in Orlando and home victories over Indiana and UMass…Losses have come at home to Yale and vs. Wisconsin in Orlando
“It’s our first road game against Boston College so we just have to help out our freshmen,” star guard Vincent Council said. “Last year they beat us at our place so we have to get this win.”
Friar Basketball: Brooks, Council do what 2009 Friars couldn’t
Junior lead guard Reggie Jackson has exploded this season, averaging a shade under 19 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Most significantly, he is shooting at a much higher percentage this season, connecting on 48% from the field, .425 on three pointers, and 91% at the free throw line.
Joe Trapani is a reliable senior who plays like Brooks in some ways – a small forward capable of hitting from deep, getting to the line and grabbing key rebounds.
Assuming the two lead scorers for both teams play up to their capabilities, this one may come down to the role players.
WHERE TO: FOLLOW
Twitter.com: I’ll be live tweeting the game @friarblog (for the first half at least)
WHERE TO: WATCH
From Kevin McNamara’s preview:
BC has the TV rights to the game but it will not be televised.
What a bunch of asshats.
WHERE TO: LISTEN
Since it’s the audio only, the game will be available on the iPhone App