What To / Where To: Providence vs. Florida A&M Preview

dave@friarblog —  November 18th, 2011 5:18 PM —  Comments
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George: “I defy you to come up with a better name than Seven.”

Jerry: “Alright, let’s see… How about Mug? Mug Costanza. That’s original. Or Ketchup. Pretty name for a girl.”

George: “Alright… You having a good time now?”

Jerry: “I’ve got fifty right here in the cupboard… How about Bisquick? Pimento? Gherkin? Sauce? Maxwell House?”

George: “Alright already!!”

SEVEN! If Vincent Council happens to miss the game against Florida A&M, that is how many scholarship players the Friars will have available to play. While I don’t think this team shouldn’t be taking anyone for granted, Florida A&M is one of the worst teams in the nation so it probably won’t make much of a difference. They can’t seem to shoot from anywhere on the court, whether it be with people guarding them or with the action paused at the line. Defense, yeah that’s a big problem too. Oh, and the team continually gets killed on the glass. Basically, anything relating to “things that happen in basketball”. *Searching for something good to say about the team*. Well, their coach played in the NBA, so that’s pretty cool.

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 4:00PM EST

Opponent: Florida A&M (0-2)

Location: The DUNK

ESPN Accuscore: Not yet posted

CBSSports Daily Picks: Not yet posted

Florida A&M Roster

Hit up the rest after the jump.

WHAT TO: LOOK FOR

Vincent Council’s Health: On Wednesday, people on campus saw Vincent Council on crutches. Unless he was logging some serious time on the Xbox Kinect with Dance Central, it was a result of an apparent ankle injury during the Fairfield game. I’ve been hearing everything from him being listed as “questionable” to play, to the crutches just being a precautionary measure. Given the weak opponent and the fact that the Friars roster is already paper thin, it may be worth it to have Vinny C take it easy this weekend. Watch some football! Play some NBA2K12! Providence also has 3 games next week, probably meaning 119 minutes and 56 seconds of basketball for Council.

One and done: The Rattlers have not done well on the offensive glass in their two games so far, pulling down only 1 in 5 off their own misses. It’s even worse considering how many shots they are actually missing. Few teams in the country have gotten off to a worse shooting start than Florida A&M, as their 37.4% effective shooting percentage is off to a #298 national rank. Small sample size, eh? Last season their 43.7% eFG% was ranked a cool #333.

FAMU has eligibility problems too!: Before the season started, the Rattlers found out that 4 of their players were ineligible . Two of them were starters, including one of their best players in junior forward Amin Stevens. Last year, Stevens was ranked 9th in scoring in the MEAC (14.2 PPG), 4th in rebounding (8.2), and 7th in FG% (49.7%). I’m not sure what the specifics were, but they were all playing in the team’s exhibition games earlier in the month so it must have been right before the first game. NCAA, why do you always torture us?

Pace, defense be damned:  Coach Clemon Johnson wants his team to play at a higher tempo in order to increase scoring. The Dunkin’ Donuts Center is going to be all, “NOOO I thought I wasn’t going to have to endure anymore of this!

WHAT TO: READ

StatSheet.com: Pregame

Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]

The Rattlers have a new look this year as former University of Alaska Head Coach Clemon Johnson begins his first season with Florida A&M. This season, Johnson has a veteran squad with only two freshmen on the roster. In the MEAC Preseason Poll, Florida A&M was picked to finish 13th. Preseason Second Team selection Amin Stevens is returning as the team’s leading rebounder (7.8 rebounds per game) and leading scorer (13.6 points per game). This season with losses to Georgia Tech and Stetson, the Rattlers have posted a 0-2 record. Sophomore guard Avery Moore is leading the team in scoring (12.5 ppg).

The Famuan: FAMU players get suspended

The Florida A&M basketball team will have to move forward in the season without four of its player’s due to academic ineligibility, including last year’s leading scorer and rebounder Amin Stevens.

The Famuan: Men’s Basketball Team Loses again

FAMU head coach Clemon Johnson said the team lost simply because it couldn’t make high percentage shots.

“Look at the game stats. It’s not that Stetson’s defense was stellar, we just weren’t making open shots,” Johnson said. “What’s puzzlingly me is that in practice and in shoot-a –rounds, we are making everything. I hate to say it’s the lights, but we started out shooting okay and suddenly couldn’t make any open shots.”

Tallahassee Democrat: FAMU players getting used to Johnson’s up-tempo style

“I’m not saying that the old habits are bad; it just doesn’t fit what we are trying to do,” Johnson said. “What we are trying to do is to get them to convert to what I’m trying to do.”

The change that Johnson has instituted is intended to produce more scoring. Last season, the Rattlers were second in the league in field goal attempts, but averaged 64.2 points per game.

ESPN: Florida A&M Blue Ribbon Preview [INSIDER]

Johnson has been saying all the right things, and his return definitely has sparked more interest in the program. But A&M is at least a year away from being a legitimate contender in the MEAC.

The Rattlers are relying on too many newcomers, and Johnson has admitted this roster is not ideal for the up-tempo, pressing style of play he prefers.

WHAT TO: WATCH

This is an edited version of the Press Conference/Pep Rally for FAMU’s new men’s basketball coach, Clemon Johnson held in the Al LAwson Center on Tuesday, May 31st.

WHERE TO: FOLLOW

Friars.com: Gametracker

Twitter.com: I’ll probably be live tweeting the game @friarblog. Also be sure to follow the #pcbb hashtag as always.

WHERE TO: WATCH

Friars.com: All-Access

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