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?
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
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.
OTHER STAT NOTES
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.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Friars.com: 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.
UND.com: 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.
Projo.com: 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.