Pregame: Providence College vs. Boston College… Pluck the Eagles!

Posted: November 27, 2009 in Pregame
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Opponent:  Boston College Eagles / Est. 1863 / Chestnut Hill, MA / Enrollment: 9,000 / ACC

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

Day:  Saturday November, 28

Time:  7:00 pm

Preview:  The Rivalry will be renewed on Saturday when the Boston College Eagles make there way down to Providence for a meeting with the Friars.  Since 1980 PC has lead the series 29 – 25, but lost the last meeting last year at Chestnut Hill.  Boston College enters the contest at 3-2 having lost to St. Joseph’s and Northern Iowa.  The Eagles will most likely be without returning star and Rhode Island native Rakim Sanders.  Sanders who had been suspended for the Eagles first two games suffered an ankle injury in the first four minutes of the St. Joseph’s game, and according to Andy Katz he will likely be out for weeks.  Without Sanders BC will look for a balanced attack from the main rotatation.  The Eagles have 5 scorers averaging double digits this season with junior forward Joe Trapani leading the way with 15.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds.  BC has hit a rough patch but Al Skinner teams know how to compete, which is exactly what they will do this Saturday.

PFB Perspective:  This game is another one of those opputunity games for this young Friar team.  A game that needs to be won.  Like Alabama, BC isn’t the greatest team right now, but they are a recognizable name from a major conference.  Not to mention PC and BC have a long history and a good rivalry, which all make this a big game for the students and for the players… But we all know that.

Without Rakim Sanders BC has lost a lot, and PC is fortunate to play them while he is still unlikely to play.  That said they still have a bunch of players on that team who can put the ball in the basket.  They have three returning starters and five players averaging point totals in double digits.  They are led by Joe Trapini.  At 6’8″ he has good size which means that Bilal needs to be on the court and have a good game on the defensive end.

It almost goes without saying that we need a another great game out of Marshon and Greedy, but we do.  Also Greedy needs to keep up the great work on the boards.  Second chances for the Eagles could be bad news for the Friars.

Vermont was an improvemnet for Sharaud.  He apparently had some uncertain health issue that was holding him back, but apparently he has shook it, so look for an even better performance.  To be successful this season we are going to need Sharaud in double figures. 

The rest of the team shot great last game, so hopefully that carries over into Saturday’s matchup.  Good games from Brian McKenzie and Vincent Council will go a long way.  That and another strong defensive performance is necessary as always.

Coverage: TV- Cox  /  Radio- WEEI 103.7 FM Providence

Links:

ProJo.com

Capsule preview: BC at PC

Friarblog.com

What to/Where to: Game #6 vs. Boston College

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