Pregame: Providence College vs. Northeastern Univeristy

Posted: November 30, 2009 in Pregame
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Opponent: Northeastern University Huskies / Est. 1898 / Boston, MA / Enrollment: 15,000 / Colonial Athletic Association

Location: Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)

Date: Tuesday December, 1

Time: 7:00 pm

Preview: The Providence Friars (4-2) will travel up to Boston to to take on the Northeastern University Huskies (2-2) at historic Matthew’s Arena for the first time since 1932.  Since 1980 the Friars are 4-1 against the Huskies; their only loss coming in Coach Keno Davis’ debut last year.  The Huskies are coming off of a buzzer beating win have suffered losses to Siena and Boston rival Boston University.  The Huskies are a veteran team and are picked to finish in the top three in the CAA.  They are led by returning senior, and All-CAA selection Matt Janning who has been averaging over 15 points in the early goings of the season.  Janning is supported by 6’8″ senior Manny Adako and junior guard Chaisson Allen who is a lock down defender.  The Friars will look to rebound from a tough home loss to Boston College with a win on the road against the Huskies.

PFB Perspective: Last year is still vividly remembered.  The beginning of the Keno Davis era was met with a terrible home loss to the Huskies.  A small contingent of Northeastern fans chanted as they boarded their charter and PC students waited for the buses back to campus.  It did not sit well, and ultimately probably was a large part in the Friars not making it to the NCAA.  It was a bad home loss that could have given the Friars 20 wins.  While last year was a new coach this year is a new team, so once again Northeastern will be dangerous.  The game will be in the nearly 100 years old Matthews Arena where the Huskies have enjoyed success in the past.  That said, a short trip up to Boston to beat the Huskies in their own place would help the healing from last years loss.

For the Friars to win they will need to shut down Matt Janning.  For those of you who saw the game last year, Janning can do some damage out on the court.  At 6’4″ his size isn’t overwhelming and he isn’t overpoweringly quick or strong, but he is a smart player who makes good decisions and can shoot the ball.  Shut him down and the Huskies will not go very far.  In addition Bilal needs to have a better defensive performance and not foul out of the game.  At 6’8″ Manny Adako is a capable big and we need Bilal to neutralize him.  They have good guard play, but we aren’t too worried about that.  A consistent performance is needed from Marshon and Greedy needs to improve his shooting percentage.  Another solid game from Vincent Council would go a long way as well.

What the Friars really need is to come out ready to play from the opening tip.  PC recovered well from their loss to Alabama with a home win over Vermont, but how will they come out on the road after a loss.  This is only there second road game and Northeastern will have a good crowd at the game.  Which is why it is essential PC gets off to a good start and keeps things in check.  They have shown that they have had trouble in close games down the stretch, so it’s important that it doesn’t come down to the stretch.  This is a very winnable game and good practice for future road games.  PC has the opportunity to make BC their last OCC loss this season, but Northeastern will be their first step toward that goal.

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

Links:

ProJo.com

Visit from Friars is a Very Big Deal for Northeastern

Capsule Preview: Providence College at Northeastern

Friarblog.com

What To / Where To: Game #7 at Northeastern

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