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Earlier today I post a little something on Facebook asking you all what article you’d like to see – a Cincy recap, a postseason discussion, or a reflection on one particular player.

Thankfully, you guys picked the postseason article. Because God knows deep down I was going to do everything in my power to avoid doing a Cincy recap.

So, you asked for it, now you got it! Hit the jump and let’s talk about the Friars in the postseason!

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The last time the Providence Friars won a BIG EAST road game, Sharaud Curry and Greedy Peterson were doing their anti-defense thing, and Marshon Brooks put up 17 points against a woeful DePaul team that won 1 BIG EAST game that year. Even Johnnie Lacy saw 17 minutes of action! I wonder what that dude is doing these days. Pumping gas? Anyways, if PC is going to crack their 2 year plus dry spell of conference road contests, they are going to have to overcome a lot tonight. While Providence has played good enough to win over the last several games, fatigue and poor play down the stretch have plagued the team. At some point, these things begin to get mental and become more than just tired legs. Throw in the fact that Cincinnati is in “must win” mode these days in fighting for an NCAA Tournament birth, the Friars are going to need some special nights from their overworked top players to pull off a win.


Game Time: 9:00PM EST

Opponent: Cincinnati (17-8, 7-5)

Location: Fifth Third Arena

Spread: Cincinnati -11

ESPN Accuscore: Cincinnati 74.1, Providence 63.6 (Cincinnati wins in 80.3% of over 10,000 sims)

CBSSports Daily Picks: Cincinnati 79, Providence 70


Four Factors

Hit up the rest of the preview after the jump.

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Potent Potables [Game Recaps]

dave@friarblog —  January 31st, 2010 10:27 PM

2009-2010 Providence Basketball for $500 Alex.

Kyle Smiyth

Jonathan Peoples

Darius Johnson-Odom

Cashmere Wright


“Who are…random players who have scored their career highs against Providence this season?”


I think I’ll need some potent potables to get through the rest of this season! Hit up the rest of the game recap after the jump.


More on the Four Factors

  • Providence’s effective field goal percentage looks pretty good overall (and was actually their 6th best of the season believe it or not), but the 2nd half stretch where the Bearcats built up their 10+ lead was pretty ugly.  The Friars could not get any good looks, and Vincent Council was even having trouble driving to the hoop.  PC’s high eFG% was mainly due to a really good three point percentage overall (13-34, 38.2%), but the team started out 6-6 over the first six minutes, and hit 3 in the final few minutes.  So, for a good chunk of the game, there was quite some clanking going on from long range.
  • Cincinnati has only put up a higher effective field goal percentage in one game this season — .5 more (64.8%) against the powerhouse that is Texas Southern.  They also fell 1 three-pointer short of their season high, achieved three times against Toledo, Texas Southern, and Cal State Bakersfield.
  • Before the game, it appeared that Cincinnati could have the rebounding edge, but it was surprisingly even.  PC held a slight 13-8 lead in second chance points, despite very similar offensive rebounding percentage numbers.  Bilal Dixon tied for the game high of 3 offensive rebounds, and Marshon Brooks and Greedy Peterson chipped in with two apiece.   Yancy Gates was not a big factor on the offensive glass, being held to just 1.  Darnell Wilks tied Dixon with 3 ORB, and only freshman Lance Stephenson was able to grab more than 1 for the Bearcats.
  • The free throw rate of Cincinnati is obviously inflated due to the Friars trying to extend the game by fouling in the final minutes.  Providence kept fouling, well because Cincinnati couldn’t piss in the ocean.  Cashmere Wright, who couldn’t miss taking regular shots all night, went 3-7.  The Friars did not get to the line well, and did equally as bad once they got there.  When Sharaud Curry even misses two in one game, you know the team is in trouble.


Possessions: 79

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 111.4

Cincinnati: 116.5

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Cashmere Wright – Good luck getting 20+ again this season, well, unless you play Providence in the BIG EAST Tournament I suppose

Sharaud Curry -Almost fueled the furious comeback with a few threes and drives.  When he went to the line in the first half, ESPNU pointed out his 28 straight free throws made streak, in which he promptly missed.  Six turnovers not exactly great though.

Jamine Peterson – Started off really strong with 14 first half points, but Cincinnati’s defense really keyed in on him and he only scored 5 in the 2nd while the Friars offense struggled

Brian McKenzie – BMac, you are going to starve if you keep getting these 1 bowl meals!

Yancy Gates – Pretty quiet game for the sophomore big man.

BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS! Boxscore Gametracker Boxscore

AROUND THE INTERWEBS Men’s Basketball Defeated At Cincinnati, 92-88

The Providence College men’s basketball team was defeated at Cincinnati, 92-88, in BIG EAST action on Saturday, January 30. Friar senior Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) led the team with a game-high 27 points in the loss. Men’s Basketball Edges Providence, 92-88

Five Bearcats scored in double figures, with Rashad Bishop scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds, Deonta Vaughn scoring 12 points, Lance Stephenson scoring 12 points and pulling down a game-high nine rebounds, and Darnell Wilks adding 10 points. It is the third time this season that five UC players have scored in double figures in a game and the third time this season that the Bearcats have scored 90-plus points in a game. PC surge vs. Cincinnati falls short, 92-88

Cincinnati, keyed by a point guard who barely had seen the court lately, went on a huge second-half run and kept Jamine Peterson from having an impact in the final 20 minutes. PC, thanks to Sharaud Curry’s 27 points, made a last-minute desperation run but ultimately fell short during its 92-88 loss to the Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena. Friars’ sizzling hot start fizzles out

Then, as quickly as the Friars shooters found their hot hands, they cooled to below-freezing temperatures, missing 10 of their next 12 long-range attempts in 92-88 loss to Cincinnati. Cincinnati defeats Providence 92-88

Making his first start since Dec. 16, the freshman point guard scored a career-high 24 points to lead UC to a 92-88 Big East Conference victory over Providence on Saturday night before a crowd of 10,045 at Fifth Third Arena.

CNATI: Providence-UC: The morning after

One of the more interesting elements of the postgame comments came from the rarely loquacious Rashad Bishop. The question revolved around the way UC seemed to thrive in the uptempo game that Providence forced UC to play.

Bishop scored 16 points — and now is averaging 11.3 points a game in the last four contests, he hadn’t hit double digits in any of the previous seven games.

Still, he along with Cashmere Wright and Darnell Wilks thrived in the open, up-and-down game.

“That’s the way everybody on our team likes to do, we got a lot of uptempo players, when we play like that I think it shows off our talent a little more,” Bishop said.

The News Record: Cashing in: Wright leads Cats to win

Freshman point guard Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 24 points Saturday night, leading the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team to a 92-88 victory against Providence University at Fifth Third Arena.

Bearcats Blog: Bearcats too much Friars

The Cincinnati Bearcats improved to 14-7, 5-4 in the Big East, with a 92-88 win over the Providence Friars. Providence is now 12-9, and 4-5 in conference. The Bearcats were powered by a career day from Cashmere Wright. Cash went for 24-4-5 assists-3 steals in his first start since December 16. Darnell Wilks tossed in 10 points, including the monster dunk back that’s pictured. For the Friars, Sharaud Curry matched his career high with 27. Jamine Peterson had 19.

Boring-ass AP Writeup: Cashmere Wright has career-high 24, Cincinnati beats Providence 92-88 in fast-paced game

Redshirt freshman Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 24 points, nine of them during a 16-1 run in the second half that swept Cincinnati to a 92-88 victory over Providence on Saturday night.


Former Friar Dickie Simpkins was announcing the game for ESPNU..

cullenpatrick Tweet


rjsuperfly66 Glad I kept the game off. Tired of piss poor performances that turn out ok at end. Was I only one booing mckenzie during lineups wed nite?

JMulley #Friars road just gets harder from here #BigEast #Basketball.

gregjbutler Why can’t we play like that for the whole 2nd half

UCBearcatsblog Cincinnati could be up 20 if they made free throws. Turn that, and it would be tied if Providence made free throws

cullenpatrick Just let this game be over already. #friars remaining schedule looks just a bit challenging…

TheRoundtable Filthy dunk by Brooks! Maybe a Friar will get some top 10 love finally! #friars

DA_5 Mick Cronin looks like a cross between Ron Howard and Gollum. #Friars

The Providence Friars look to keep up the momentum gained from upsetting Connecticut on Wednesday night when they face the Cincinnati Bearcats on the road.  Even though Cincinnati has NCAA Tournament aspirations, the Friars have played them well over the last few years.  This might seem silly given Keno’s roster turnover, but many of the trends have held up this year — Such as getting absolutely owned by ND and Marquette, and still being able to take care of St. John’s and Connecticut.

Check out the rest of the preview after the jump!

Another interesting subplot, if you will, is the battle of freshman BIG EAST studs Lance Stephenson and Vincent Council.  Two years ago Council played alongside Stephenson at Lincoln High in Brooklyn, New York.  This year, both players have had their fare share of costly rookie mistakes (Stephenson blowing the game with a bad turnover against St. John’s, Council missing 3 of 4 foul shots against USF),  but they have really made a great impact on their teams.  The two New Yorkers are practically shoe-ins for the BIG EAST All-Rookie team at this point, but Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin feels Lance is the best.

“If the voting were taken now, he might be Freshman of the Year in the Big East.” — Mick Cronin on Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson might have a slight edge stats wise (12 PPG, 4.8 RPG), but If Council can keep playing the way he has been, Cronin might have to think harder about his vote after seeing him in person.


Game Time: 8PM

Opponent: Cincinnati Bearcats (13-7, 4-4)

Location: Fifth Third Arena

Spread: Cincinnati -8

ESPN AccuScore Prediction: Cincinnati 76, PC 71 (Cincinnati wins 58.5% in 10,000 simulations)

CBS Prediction: Cincinnati 81, Providence 74

Pomeroy Prediction: Cincinnati 81, PC 73 (78% confidence)


  • Cincinnati tends to play a slower paced game (tempo of 66.6, ranked #234), and all but one of their BIG EAST games were played well under 70 possessions (75, in their win over UConn).
  • The Bearcats have an excellent adjusted defensive efficiency rating of 90.5 (ranked #35).  They don’t force a lot of turnovers, but they manage to hold opponents to low percentages on two point shots, and don’t give the them many 2nd chance points.  We saw how Providence was able to really attack the hoop against the Huskies, leading to their big win.  This might be a little difficult tonight, and the Friars can’t afford to shoot they way they did against Connecticut behind the arc.
  • As we saw with UConn, the Friars match up pretty well with teams that struggle in shooting.  In both BIG EAST road losses this year, PC was absolutely lit up with outside shots.  Even though Cincinnati has an awful 29.5% three-point percentage this season (ranked #314), Deonta Vaughn is capable of hitting a decent amount of triples.  The senior guard went 6-11 against Seton Hall, and 4-7 against Louisville (both losses).  However, other than Vaughn nobody else really hits threes with any consistency.
  • The game has a good chance of being won on the boards, as Providence is still in the top 10 in offensive rebound percentage, and Cincinnati comes in ranked #29.  However, the Bearcats have been really good at rebounding their opponents’ missed shots (27.4 ORB%, #13 nationally), so Greedy and Bilal Dixon are going to have their work cut out.  Providence hasn’t been exactly great at keeping opponents off the offensive glass.  Yancy Gates is the Bearcats team leader with 2.4 offensive rebounds per game, and 4 others (including freshman Lance Stephenson) have between 1 and 2.

WHAT TO: READ Pregame Gamenotes [PDF]

The Friars will play the fi rst game of a two-game road swing on Saturday, January 30 against Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena.  The Friars have posted a 4-1 mark all-time versus the Bearcats.  The Friars are 2-0 at home and 2-1 on the road all-time against Cincinnati.  In the fi rst meeting between
the Friars and the Bearcats, Cincinnati earned a 66-64 home win on February 17, 2006 in Cincinnati.  Last season, Providence defeated the Bearcats twice.  PC earned an 87-79 win in Cincinnati on January 7, 2009, before earning the sweep of the season series with a 72-63 win in Providence on January 19, 2009. Men’s Basketball Hosts Providence in Nightcap of Saturday Doubleheader

The Cincinnati Bearcats (13-7, 4-4 BIG EAST) have registered back-to-back BIG EAST Conference wins over Notre Dame (60-58) and USF (78-70) in its last two home games and look to continue the trend when it hosts Providence (12-8, 4-4 BIG EAST) on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m., as part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader. Capsule preview: PC at Cincinnati

The Bearcats are once again in the thick of the chase for an NCAA bid. They fell short the last two seasons but are in solid shape to finish in the top half of the Big East this season

PFB: Pregame: Providence College at The University of Cincinnati

Any winning effort for us will have to start with defense.  Cincy has three good scorers, two of which can beat you both inside and out, but defending against the penetration and drives will be the key.  We also need to win on the boards.  We struggled in the first half against UConn because they were beating us on the boards but in the second half we dominated.  Crashing the boards and giving ourselves second chances is essential.  We need to limit Cincy to one shot each time down the floor.  In the UConn game we got a lot of steals and seemed to always get the loose balls.  A similar performance is needed.  The loose balls need to be ours.  Good defense will lead to steals. Cronin refuses to look ahead

Cronin uses Providence (12-8, 4-4) as an example of why UC will not look ahead more than one game. Providence scored an 81-66 upset of No. 19 Connecticut Wednesday at home.

UC has not played since a 68-60 loss at Louisville last Sunday.

The News Record: Cats seek redemption against Friars

“One thing about Providence is that they can score,” Cronin said.  “You’re going to have to make sure you understand that they shoot it quick. They shoot it early in the shot clock, and you have to be prepared for that against them, more so then most of the teams we play.”

To shut down the Friars’ offense, Cincinnati will need to key in on shutting down sophomore forward Jamine Peterson. Peterson has been averaging more than 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Bearcats Blog:  Know Your Opponent: Providence Friars edition

The Bearcats seem to match up with the Friars quite well. The Friars biggest defensive deficiency is offensive rebounds allowed, which is the Bearcats main offensive play. In fact, the put back is Yancy Gates second best move around the basket.


Highlights from Louisville vs. Cincinnati on January 24, 2010

Yancy Gates game winner for UC over Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1/16/2010.

The finish of the game as Lance Stephenson wins the game for UC over 10th ranked UConn 71-69 12/30/2009


The game will be carried on TV by ESPNU

WHERE TO: FOLLOW Gametracker

As always, I’ll be on the Twitter @friarblog with in-game updates.

PC-Cincinnati Highlights

John and Joe’s call of Marshon Brooks’ block to seal an 81-79 OT win at Cincinnati last season