Pregame: Providence College vs. The University of Vermont

Posted: November 23, 2009 in Pregame
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Opponent: Thye University of Vermont Catamounts / Est. 1791 / Burlington, VT / Enrollment: 9,500 / American East

Location:  The Dunkin’ Donuts Center (Providence, RI)

Date: Tuesday, November 24

Time: 7:00 pm

Preview:  The Frairs will look to rebound Tuesday night as they take on The University of Vermont Catamounts.  The Catamounts enter the contest 2-1 coming off of a win over Rutgers at the RAC.  Vermont took a share of the conference title last year and is expected to contend with Boston University for the title this year.  The Catamounts are led by the returning league leader in both points and rebounds in 6’5″ senior Marqus Blakely.  He sat out over 15 minutes in the Rutgers game but still managed to net 17 points on the road (Which helped earn him a spot on ESPN.com’s Weekly Watch Players of the Week).  They also feature senior guard Maurice Joseph, a transfer from Michigan State who is more than capable of putting the ball in the hoop.

Lowdown: This is an important game for the Friars.  After Vermont, BC, Northeastern, and URI are up and its important to get another win in the books before than.  Make no doubt about it, Vermont is a quality team.  That said we are not reading too much into their win over Rutgers on the road the other day.  Rutgers may be a BIG EAST team and 2-1 but they have been less than impressive in all of those games (c’mon, it’s Rutgers).  Marqus Blakely is the real deal, but we think we have people on this team that can match up well with him on both ends of the court.

Vermont has some decent size so its important that the PC bigs play like it.  We need Greedy to keep doing what he’s doing.  He is a beast on the boards and has shown that he can put up a lot of points.  James Still and Russ need to keep contributing from off of the bench and *Bilal Dixon needs to cool down with the fouls.  He’s not a major scoring option but he is a presence down low.  His size and height are needed… when he has gone out of games things seem to start going wrong for PC.  We will need another good performance out of Marshon, but what we really need to see is *if Sharaud can get himself back on track.  So basically: Marshon and Greedy, keep doing what you are doing… Bilal, stop fouling we need you on the floor… Sharaud, get back on track (we are pretty confident that you will).

Most of the PC campus will have already made it home for the Thanksgiving holiday (including us) so the Dunk shouldn’t be too full.  Hopefully the lack of crowd isn’t a problem for the young team and they can get the win.  Its would have been great to get a road win over Alabama, but you can’t lose a game like this on your home court, we need to defend The Dunk.

Coverage: Radio WEEI 103.7 FM Providence

Links:

ProJo.com

Friars Best beware of Catamounts

UVM.edu  Basketball Page

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