What To / Where To: Providence at Boston College Game Preview

dave@friarblog —  December 22nd, 2012 8:47 AM —  Comments
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boston-collegeOh, Boston College. We were once conference-mates, but you were among the first few teams that didn’t believe in the survival of the BIG EAST and stabbed us all in the back. It’s cool though. Even though the football/basketball combo didn’t quite work out, that stabbing eventually led the Friars and the basketball schools into a suddenly promising future now that they have banded together and taken action. No more football bs, lots of exit fee money, great teams joining in, and a potential better TV contract. Thanks BC! Let us repay you by beating you on our your home court.

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 2:00 PM

Opponent: Boston College (5-5)

Location: Conte Forum

Spread: Providence -2

Ken Pom: Providence: #59, Boston College: #186

TeamRankings.com Projection: Providence 67.6, Boston College 64.4

Four Factors


WHAT TO: VOTE FOR


WHAT TO: LOOK FOR

No Vincent Council: There was some talk about Vincent Council making his return this weekend (mostly from himself) to face the Eagles , but it sounds like Ed Cooley is going to give him another week. Adam Zagoria tweeted that Providence is targeting Council to return against Brown on the 28th.

Which Ryan Anderson Shows Up: The 6-8 sophomore forward leads the team in scoring and averages a double double with 15.2 points and 10 rebounds a game. However, he’s been quite inconsistent. In four games Anderson has scored 23 points or more, but in 4 others he has been kept under 8 points. The only game BC lost when Anderson didn’t produce was their embarrassing loss to Bryant at home last month, so his performance isn’t directly tied to the team’s success. They are still going to need him to step against PC if they want to hold their “home” court.

Cooley’s Streak Against Former Teams: As head coach of the Providence Friars, Ed Cooley has never lost to a team he previously coached for. He is 2-0 against both URI and Fairfield, and also picked up a win last season against Boston College. Can he go for 6-0? Wait, did I just jinx big Ed? There is no possible way the Friars are going to beat the fine institution of Boston College. Their fans are so passionate (and kind, intelligent, not ugly) about their basketball program, and will cause so much havoc on the visiting Friars in their building. Their players excel at all facets of the game, and probably only lost 5 games due to some mishap with the officials. I can see the Eagles winning their next 30 games, ending with cutting down the nets in Atlanta. #ReverseJinxed.

Sidiki Johnson to Pass: While Sidiki looked great rebounding in his debut against Colgate, there were a few moments offensively that caused him to get THE DEATH STARE from Cooley on the sidelines. Let’s hope Cooley and staff locked Sidiki in the film room and made him watch Kris Dunn highlights until his eyes bled. THAT IS HOW YOU PASS.

WHAT TO: READ

StatSheet.com: Pregame

Friars.com: Gamenotes [PDF]

Scouting the Eagles: Boston College enters Saturday’s game versus the Friars with a 5-5 mark, including wins in each of its last two games. In the team’s most recent game, the Eagles defeated New Hampshire, 61-59, in overtime at Conte Forum. The squad is led on of ense by 6-8 sophomore forward Ryan Anderson. He is averaging 15.2 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan also is having a strong season. He ranks second on the team scoring (12.4 ppg).

BCEagles.com: 2012-13 Men’s Basketball Outlook

Heading into last season, it was difficult for head coach Steve Donahue to truly know what he had in his team. Donahue’s squad featured 11 newcomers and five of them started for most of the year. As he enters his third season at the helm of the Eagles, he has a much better understanding of where the team stands this fall.

Boston College returns 75 percent of its scoring from a season ago, 73 percent of its assists and 70 percent of its rebounds and minutes played. A combined 118 starts will also be returning for the 2012-13 season.

Donahue is beginning to see his program take the shape he wants.

“There are a lot of great things that I am really proud of that our program is starting to become. I love the character of our team, the work ethic, the way they fit into the Boston College community. All of the standards that we talked about setting; they are getting to the point where we are starting to see great progress in all of those aspects. As we get bigger and stronger, and as we add more pieces to the puzzle – I feel strongly that we are putting together a great representation of Boston College basketball in the ACC.”

BC Interruption: Boston College Basketball Meltdown Thread: Donahue Not Making Friends With These Quotes Edition

I like Steve Donahue a lot. I want him to succeed at Boston College. I suppose anything a coach says following an OT victory over UNH isn’t going to sit well with fans. But he’s certainly not helping himself with some of these post-game quotesfollowing Boston College’s 61-59 OT win over New Hampshire.

“We’re really 13 months into this and I started with only one scholarship player. We are still a program in transition. We’re not there yet. But we are going to get better.”

Donahue acknowledges that his job started the year after Skinner’s recruits left the program. I’m OK with this. But the cupboard wasn’t as bare as is being advertised. This sounds like Spaz’s go-to excuse which, just too soon.

Friar Basketball: Did BC Make a Mistake?

Cooley was one of three finalists for the BC job that spring, but the feeling at the time was that Boston College wanted a clean break from the Al Skinner era, and few argued with the hiring of Donahue after he’d taken Cornell to back to back NCAA Tournaments.

A year later Providence hired Cooley, and while Donahue had a year (and a 21 win season) under his belt at BC when Cooley started rebuilding the Friars, both started from the ground up in the spring of 2011, as Donahue graduated all five of his starters.

ESPN: Conference Power Rankings: ACC

11. Boston College. The Eagles shot 2-for-22 from 3-point land against New Hampshire. Good thing the two they made were in overtime. Ryan Anderson pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds in the win, which pushed BC back to .500.

Soaring to Glory: 2012-13 Boston College Basketball Through 10 Games

Keep in mind that the 2012-13 statistics will potentially be changed drastically by the end of conference play, but there are a few things one can glean from this information.

First, they are scoring more points. We knew that, we’ve seen it, but we also know there have been a handful of games where the offense was miserable. That is not representative of an across-the-board improvement, but generally speaking, there has been one.

WHAT TO: WATCH

UNH vs Boston College Basketball Highlights 2012

Olivier Hanlan Feature

Baldwin Halfcourt 11/28/2012

St. Francis (NY) vs Boston College Basketball Highlights 2012


Auburn vs Boston College Basketball Highlights – 2012

Harvard vs Boston College Basketball Highlights 2012

Boston College vs Penn St Basketball Highlights – 2012

WHERE TO: FOLLOW

Friars.com: Gametracker

Twitter.com: You can follow the #pcbb hashtag as always.

WHERE TO: WATCH

Friars.com: All-Access

ESPN3

WHERE TO: LISTEN

Friars.com: All-access

WEEI 103.7

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