Seton Hall has hired Kevin Willard to take over as the Head Coach of the Men’sBasketball team. Friar fans may remember Willard from his trip to The Dunk this past season. Willard is the three year coach of Iona College out of the MAAC. In his three years he was able to turn around the losing Gaels team he inherited and was given MAAC Coach of the Year Honors this season. Willard signed a 5 year deal with a total compensation package of about $1 million per year. Willard who has close ties to both Rick Pitino and Lou Lamoriello is only 34, but is the foreseeable future for the Seton Hall Pirates. So congratulations to Kevin Willard, now we have to wait and see what will happen with the other coaching vacancies and DePaul and more interestingly St. John’s. We will stay updated.
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Tags: Iona College, MAAC, Scott Machado
Opponent: Iona College Gaels / Est. 1940 / New Rochelle, NY / Enrollment(UG): 3,100 / MAAC
All-time Series: Providence 1, Iona 2
Location: The Dunkin’ Donuts Center (Providence, RI)
Date: Saturday December, 12
Coverage: Radio- WEEI 103.7 FM Providence
Preview: The Friars (7-3) will take on the Iona College Gaels (5-4) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, who will be playing their third game in less than a week. This marks the 4th meeting all time between the two teams with Iona currently holding the 2-1 series advantage. There last win coming in 1998 at Providence. The Gaels, who were predicted to finish ninth in the ten team MAAC conference have played better than expected in the early goings. An overtime loss to Baylor, and a close loss to Florida State have proven that at the very least the Gaels are a dangerous team. The Gaels are led by sophomore guard Scott Machado. Muchado is the returning MAAC Player of the Year and leads the team in scoring at 10.4 ppg. After Muchado there are no other standouts, as Iona uses a very balanced scoring attack to reach their 66.4 ppg. They are also rebound by committee. Last year, Iona played 11 games decided by three points or less; they only won three of them. This season they have had two (we will include the overtime lose to Baylor) and they have lost both of them.
PFB Perspective: Some of you may recall that Iona College was Tim Welsh’s team before his coming to Providence. Welsh was in his last season at Iona last time these two teams played, leading them to a 68-62 win in Providence. Iona has played some good teams very well this year, which makes them a dangerous team. Providence is expected to and should win this game, but Iona should not be taken lightly. They have had trouble closing out close games, but so have we, so hopefully our experience in tight games helps out. Iona does not have any one player that will really get you. Machado is good but at 10 points a game he is hardly an explosive offensive threat. They used a balanced attack scoring and on the boards. They do have some decent height, put the PC atleticism and skill down low should make up for that. As always it will be important for Bilal to stay out of foul trouble and in the game.
Instead of going into what we need from each player this game, we will say that we want to see what we saw in D.C., except plus some defense. A balanced attack would be too difficult for the Gaels to keep up with. They do not have the same athleticism and will not be able to match up at every position. We also need a 40 minute performance. Last game was good, but we need to keep it up. As we said before, we should be able to beat Iona, but if you let them hang around or take a five minute break they can make you pay for it. This is the last game before the long finals break so its important that we come out strong and firing. It also wouldn’t hurt if we could keep some of the hot shooting hands from last game going into this one. Besides that we are really looking to see if B-Mac can have another strong game and to see if Bilal can stay out of foul trouble and in the game.
We know finals are here, but if you have time on Saturday night, maybe skip the PC-BC hockey game, try to make it out to the Dunk to give the team some support.
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