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The Friar Daily 9.12.12

dave@friarblog —  September 12th, 2012 9:57 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place.

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Some Friar promotion at TF Green Airport.


linkYahoo!: Notre Dame’s move to ACC didn’t make losers out of Big East, Big Ten and BYU

Dan Wetzel makes some fine points regarding what Notre Dame leaving could do to the BIG EAST — Except trusting that ACC commish John Swofford is telling the truth saying they will not add a 16th team.

Seriously, it was. No, losing Notre Dame in basketball and other sports isn’t a plus. And yes, it will likely lower the amount of money the Big East can demand in its current television negotiations, but only a little. TV money is about football first and Notre Dame wasn’t in the football league. As for basketball, the Irish program is fine, but hardly a big national draw that drove up hoops revenue.

More coverage: GoLocalProv, Providence Journal, ESPN, NBC College Basketball Talk

notes Hey Xavier, what’s up? That Atlantic 10, it just doesn’t treat you right. The way you deserve. I can see it in your eyes. We should hang out sometime. Don’t worry, I won’t let you near Cincinnati right away.

link Statement From Athletics Director Bob Driscoll

I hope you know what you are doing, Mike Aresco.

“While we are disappointed by today’s news of Notre Dame leaving the BIG EAST Conference, we understand that conference realignment is part of today’s collegiate landscape. We have been through this scenario in the past, and came out strong. With the outstanding leadership in the conference office led by Commissioner Mike Aresco, the BIG EAST Conference will continue to be one of the premier athletic conferences in the nation.”

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Notre Dame Bolts to ACC

dave@friarblog —  September 12th, 2012 6:14 PM —  Comments

I dislike Notre Dame. I dislike their endless supply of big, goofy white forwards who always seem to pile up individual hardware. I dislike Mike Brey and his endless supply of mock turtlenecks coaching teams with low expectations to the top of the standings. I dislike the Notre Dame male cheerleader who tried to get in my face at the BIG EAST Tournament several years ago because I said something derogatory toward ND and added “You’re a male cheerleader” after his rebuttal. As a BIG EAST fan, I’ve learned to live with these things as long as it helped build the brand of BIG EAST basketball. Well, almost a year since the fleeing of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, Notre Dame is helping take down that brand and The Conference That Dave Gavitt Built by joining the ACC.

Notre Dame will join ACC as full member w/exception of football. ND will play 5 football games annually vs. ACC, sources told @
Brett McMurphy

What does this mean for PC? A lot will depend on if there is any other movement from the remaining chess pieces. The conference isn’t dead yeeeeeeeeet, but how many repeated kicks to the face and groin can the conference take? The ACC stated today that there are no plans to add a 16th member, but there has been lots of speculation that a basketball-only school would make sense. Losing Georgetown or St. John’s? Hello Atlantic-10-like conference! Louisville, Rutgers, and UConn have all been spending their day on, so they certainly can’t be trusted to help rebuild things. Will the basketball-only schools decide to finally break away and form a new conference? If these teams that want to bolt don’t have any better short term options, do they look to add another solid basketball program like Xavier? What about UMass?

There is an important TV deal for the BIG EAST coming up that everyone is saying will not be affected, since Notre Dame was not playing football here anyway. But how much stability can that bring assuming it’s financially beneficial for schools like Providence?

For now, PC fans will just have hope the conference can weather another storm, and allow Ed Cooley to continue to grow the program within a highly competitive collection of teams who are all on the same page. Men’s Basketball Defeated At No. 20 Notre Dame, 75-69

The Providence College men’s basketball team gave No.20 Notre Dame all it could handle for 30 minutes of action Friday night, but the Irish were too much for the Friars in the second half, as Notre Dame pulled away to earn a 75-69 victory inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.

Providence (15-16, 4-14 BIG EAST) trailed by just three (31-28) at the break, but Notre Dame (21-10, 13-5 BIG EAST) used runs of 11-2 and 15-0 in the second half to build a double-digit lead the Friars could not overcome, despite a furious comeback in the game’s final minutes.

Junior guard Vincent Council paced the Friars with his ninth double-double of the season, posting 17 points and a game-high 10 assists in 40 minutes of action. Council – who entered the game leading the BIG EAST with 7.4 assists per contest – recorded his eighth game with 10 or more helpers on the year. Sophomore guard Gerard Coleman added 17 points, including 11 in the second half, while freshman forward LaDontae Henton notched his 10th double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

YouTube: Highlights Boxscore

GoLocalProv: Friars fall short, Irish fight back to win 75-69

Despite some cold outside shooting during the first half, PC managed to stay in the game on the road with 20th ranked Notre Dame – trailing by only three at halftime.

Then, the trap door opened. And the Friars fell through it.

Paced by 6-9 junior center Jack Cooley’s dominating first half performance, the Fighting Irish fought through their own shooting woes and caught fire against the Friar defense to open the second half, and held off a late run to win 75-69 at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN.

Washington Post: Jack Cooley scores 27 to lead No. 20 Notre Dame past Providence, 75-69

Cooley scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the first half, hitting 7 of 10 shots. He finished 10 for 15 from the field.

“He made a couple of shots and he’s a physically imposing post player. But I thought we played great position defense,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said. “There were a lot of ticky-tack things around the basket, but that’s how they saw it and how they called it.”

Chicago Tribune: Notre Dame clinches Big East double bye

Double bye in hand, Irish coach Mike Brey redirected his team’s attention to what they planned to do with it.

“I said in there, last year’s group only got to Friday,” Brey said. “We couldn’t get to Saturday. I really want that for our program and feel that’s another building block. Now it’s going to be hard to do. But when you get the double bye, you’re in better position to do it.” Notre Dame men’s basketball: Cooley, Irish deliver in season finale

A combination of Brey substituting a bit too freely too early and the Irish losing a little of their edge so quickly managed to make it interesting. Down big, Providence scored 12 unanswered points in 1:59 to get within 13 and create a little drama. After leaving to an ovation on Senior Night with 2:27 remaining, Martin had to hustle back in for the final minute to help solve the Providence pressure.

The Friars got within six in the final 55 seconds.

“It,” Brey said, “kind of got a little weird.”

Vincent Council led the Friars (15-16, 4-14) with 17 points.

“To try and come back from a very large deficit is always hard on the road,” said coach Ed Cooley. “I am very proud of the resiliency of our guys.”

Friar Basketball: Providence Interior Exposed in South Bend

Yes, having a Jack Cooley would have made the Friars significantly better in 2011-12, but it also served as a reminder of how important it will be for Providence’s Cooley to either find or develop a few big men capable of defending the paint and clearing the glass next season.

The additions of Kris Dunn, Ricardo Ledo and Josh Fortune are only going to make the Friars that much more explosive in the 1-3 positons next season. The difference between being an explosive offensive team and a contender for an NCAA Tournament bid will be in how the power forward and center spots comes together over the next six months.

The Providence Friars finished up their 2011-2012 regular season by losing to Notre Dame 75-69 in South Bend.

Up three at the half, the Irish outscored the Friars 26-5 over the first 10 minutes of the second to take control in their regular-season finale.

Providence hustled and scrapped and cut it to eight with a minute left, forcing Notre Dame to re-insert Martin, who’d come out earlier for a curtain call. Gerard Coleman’s steal and layup got the Friars to within six with 48 seconds left.But Notre Dame was able to hold on as Grant hit two from the line with 8 seconds remaining.

The loss puts PC at 4-14 in BIG EAST play for the 3rd straight season, but there’s definitely a different feeling about that record with Ed Cooley running the team. Countless times this season it looked like the Friars were in for a blowout loss, but showed tremendous fight in making a run to make the game close. While it didn’t result in a win like it did this past Tuesday at the Dunk, Providence could have easily quit being down 25 points in a tough road environment in their last game of the regular season. While it’s probably true that Notre Dame let up a little bit with such a big lead, it was encouraging to see the Friars refuse to give up. There’s been some growing pains and some hard to swallow losses this year, but it’s hard to argue that this 4-14 seems anywhere close to the previous two.

Chances are, this resulted in a foul - (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

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The opening line to Radiohead’s classic song “The Bends” is quite fitting methinks.

Where do we go from here?

Where do the Friars go from here? Apparently last night they went to last year — Nothing like a little deja-vu from a terrible loss last year in which Notre Dame continually banged home wide open looks from downtown.  While it may be worse last year since it was such a veteran Friars team, it doesn’t make it any tougher to swallow.  Other than Greedy Peterson’s continued success, there was not much else to like from this game  — yeah Curry also had 20+ points, but a big portion came in garbage time when he basically decided he would take all the remaining shots.

However, there is one thing to be excited about.  Assuming we don’t meet them in the BET, we never have to face Luke Harangody or Jonathan Peoples ever again.  Hooray! Gee, I’m sure gonna miss that big ol goofy haircut, and seeing Harangody travel 50% of the time he gets the ball down low.  I guess it doesn’t matter, since Notre Dame will probably just cycle in more unlikeable players.  Seriously, what’s the deal with that?


More on the Four Factors

  • Notre Dame hit around their season average in eFG%, but they’ve only shot below 60% eFG% five other times this season (two of those were in losses).  Despite their poor 2nd half shooting, the Irish still ended up putting up the highest eFG% that Providence has let up all season.  Notre Dame was just lights out in the first half (on mostly wide open, uncontested shots), and even shot better from behind the arc (56.3%) than overall for the half (55.6%).  The Friars had trouble shooting the long ball all night, but improved their shooting numbers in the 2nd half with, gasp, TWO POINTERS.
  • Providence came into the game with some of the best offensive rebounding numbers in the nation, but Notre Dame was able to stay right with them all game. Greedy was held in check on the glass for most of the game, as he didn’t get an offensive rebound until real late.  Bilal Dixon kept up his good rebounding game in his first taste of BIG EAST play, and Marshon Brooks led the Friars with 4 ORB.  Notre Dame had some great performances on the glass, with Harangody and Tyrone Nash grabbing 5 offensive boards, and Abromaitis getting 4.  Despite the Irish’s slight advantage in rebounding, the Friars led in 2nd chance points 23-15.
  • Turnovers were not much of a factor, as both teams’ inability to create them for the season so far held true.  The Friars did a little better job forcing mistakes, but they couldn’t capitalize much as Notre Dame had a slight edge in points off turnovers 14-13.
  • Notre Dame had a ridiculously higher free throw rate, but this was due to the Friars inexplicably fouling for the entire last two minutes of the game, like it was still possible to comeback from 10+.  Even without those last fouls, ND would have had the advantage since Harangody gets a whistle whenever he goes up inside.


Possessions: 73

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 106.8

Notre Dame: 127.4

  • Surprisingly enough, this was not the worst offensive rating the Friars have given up this year.  George Washington slightly edged Notre Dame by .02.  We know what kind of offensive performance the Friars needed to counter with in order to win that game.
  • The only game where Providence had a lower offensive rating and won was against Brown (105.4)

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

Jonathan Peoples – May this be the last time we ever have to see your face.  Good luck after graduation. Kthnxbai.

Tim Abromaitis – Chalk up another random player having a career night against our defense

Luke Harangody – See Peoples, Jonathan

Jamine Peterson – Best player out on the court for the Friars.  Came close to a double-double but got several rebounds in garbage time.  No bad threes and he would have had 4 bowls. Also, why not jam home that fast break??

Ray Hall – Didn’t score, but gets two bowls just for being able to play after missing so much time due to injury.  Also picked up a few charges.

Marshon Brooks – I’m not really sure what’s going on here.  I saw numerous poor shots last night, mostly forced.  Not at Wey level yet, buddy.

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AROUND THE INTERWEBS Men’s Basketball Defeated At Notre Dame, 93-78

The Fighting Irish used some hot perimeter shooting in the first half to build a 21-point lead at halftime, 53-32. Jonathan Peoples was 5-5 from three-point territory in the first half to lead ND, which was 9-16 (56.3 percent) from behind the arc. Peterson and Curry each had 10 for the Friars. Notre Dame Cruises Past Providence, 93-78

Notre Dame used a 13-0 run early in the game to go ahead 15-4 and finished the half on a 13-1 run to open a 53-32 lead. The Irish made 56 percent of their shots in the half compared to 32 for the Friars.

Providence opened the second half on an 13-1 run, cutting the lead to 54-45 when Sharaud Curry hit a jumper. But Abromaitis hit a 3 to restore the double-digit lead. Notre Dame rolls to 93-78 win over Friars

After not really knowing where they stood against Big East timber, the Providence Friars found out Wednesday night at the Joyce Center.

The major concerns surrounding PC’s defensive prowess came to fruition once again as Notre Dame inflicted major damage both inside and out and rolled to a 93-78 win. The Irish shot an impressive 47 percent from the field and hit 11 3-point shots to improve to 12-2 on the season.

Projo Hoops Blog: PC loses at Notre Dame, 93-78

For long stretches of tonight’s game against Yale, the Providence Friars certainly didn’t look ready for the coming Big East wars. Ready or not, here comes Luke Harangody and Notre Dame and the rest of the conference heavyweights.
It took PC 30 minutes to finally shake out of its defensive doldrums and begin to stop Yale. Once that happened, the Friars pulled away for a 87-78 win.

State of Friars Basketball: Post-Game Recap for Friars @ Notre Dame

So this one was frustrating from the start. The Friars were down early, down often, and could not stop the Irish as they fell in their Big East conference opener, 93-78. Providence had pulled a 21 point halftime defecit to 11 points in the first 5 minutes of the second half, but could never get the game closer than 9 points.

Chicago Tribune: Notre Dame tops Providence 93-78

It was an auspicious group effort in precisely the kind of game the Irish need to win to contend legitimately for an NCAA tournament bid out of a tough conference.

An early offensive explosion produced a 53-point first half and 21-point lead at intermission, with the Irish (12-2, 1-0 Big East) knocking down nine first-half 3-pointers. Peoples, the former St. Joseph star, came off the bench roughly as hot as the surface of Mercury, scoring 17 of his career-best 23 points in that first half — including hitting all five of his long-distance attempts.

South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame men’s basketball: Peoples’ 3’s fuel fast Irish start

There is no personal agenda, no previous ties on the other side or any reason for Notre Dame senior tri-captain Jonathan Peoples to get worked up for one specific Big East team more than others.

But as Wednesday again showed, Peoples really likes to play basketball against Providence.

The News Sentinel: Notre Dame’s ‘threes’ beat Providence

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey gave Jonathan Peoples a challenge when he moved him from the starting lineup: aim at winning the Big East’s Sixth Man Award.

Peoples got off to a good start on Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 23 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 5-of-5 from three-point range, to lead the Fighting Irish to a 93-78 victory over Providence.

Journal Gazette: Big first half carries Irish past Friars

Notre Dame’s near-flawless first half was enough to overcome a flawed second half Wednesday.

The Irish opened Big East play with a 93-78 win over Providence in Purcell Pavilion thanks to their first-half marksmanship.

WNDU: Irish move to 12-2 with Big East opening win

Jonathon Peoples came off the bench to hit all five of his long-distance shots as he led the Irish with 23 points. Tim Abromaitis added 22 while the All-American Luke Harangody scored 19 points and had 13 rebounds. He set the school record for double-doubles breaking the record that had been held by LaPhono Ellis.

Black and Green Irish Men’s Basketball Report: Notre Dame 93, Providence 78

Solid win to start the conference season. A great first half had the Irish looking at a blowout victory, but the team let Providence sneak back into it with sloppy play out of the break. Once the dust settled, however, you can chalk this one down as a solid Irish win led by some unexpected individual performances on offense.

Boring-ass AP Writeup: Notre Dame 93, Providence 78

Jonathan Peoples scored a career-high 23 points and Tim Abromaitis added 22 to lead Notre Dame to a 93-78 victory over Providence on Wednesday night.


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TTAPCBBall Glad I stayed up until almost 3 to watch the replay of that game. Perimeter defense? What’s that?

rjsuperfly66 Tried to do Friars trivia on Facebook. Questions were either from the 60s or outdated from 2000s. Frustrating just like the game tonight.

raphiellej Jonathan Peoples now 5-5 from three for #NotreDame. Approaching “hot hand in a dice game” status thanks to #Friars defense.

PC-Notre Dame Highlights

dave@friarblog —  December 31st, 2009 3:05 PM