Pregame: Providence College vs. George Washington University

Posted: December 9, 2009 in Pregame
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Opponent: George Washington University Colonials / Est: 1821 / Washington D.C. / Enrollment (UG): 11,000 / A-10

All-time Series: Friars 2, Colonials 1

Location: The Smith Center (Washington D.C.)

Date: Wednesday December, 9

Time: 7:00pm

Coverage: Radio- WEEI 103.7 Providence / Internet – Gametracker

Preview: The Friars (5-3) will head down to the Capital to take on the George Washington University Colonials (6-1).  This is the fourth meeting all-time between the two programs with the Friars winning the last game in 2006 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and holding the 2-1 series advantage.  GW, who was predicted to finish as low as 13th in the A-10 in some polls, is off to a 6-1 start with their lone loss coming at home to Oregon State.   The Colonials, like the Friars, are a young team and have six freshman.  The Colonials are led by 6’8″ senior forward Damian Hollis.  Hollis is averaging just about 14 points a game and 5 boards.  He is supported by 6’5″ freshman guard Lasan Kromah.

PFB Perspective: We think GW is a deceptive 6-1 team.  Don’t get us wrong, this could be a tough game (especially with the way we have been playing), but they really have not played anybody of quality yet.  Their most difficult game was a home contest against a weak Oregon State team and they got beat.  This said, it is difficult to accurately evaluate their stats.  This is a game that can be won by the Friars.  It would be a nice road win to pick up and an opportunity to have a solid 40 minute performance against somebody other than Vermont.

As always, Greedy just has to keep being Greedy.  His usual 20 point 10 rebound performance is a must… we rely on it.  That said we wouldn’t mind if he shot maybe just a couple fewer threes.  We also need Marshon to get it together and start playing like the offensive threat he is.  Hopefully he is feeling better and is healthy and will get back to his previous ways.  We are trying not to sound like a broken record here but it is the same thing for most games.  Including Bilal needing to stay out of foul trouble.  We aren’t very deep in the frontcourt, and we need his body out there.  He has put up some good numbers while he has been in he just needs to stay in.  Vincent Council and Sharaud Curry need to control the backcourt and contribute offensively.  Last, we would like to see what we can get out of Kyle Wright.  We understand B-Mac is starting, but that doesn’t mean he has to grab all the minutes.  If he starts off cold again, we say sub in KWright and let him show off what he can do.  He has good size and a nice looking shot, so let him get the minutes to get the feel out there.

In terms of stopping GW, there are a couple of things that need to be done.  First, and most importantly is rebound.  Nobody on the team is going got kill you on the boards, but they put in a great team effort and rebound by committee.  With an average of over 46 rebounds a game it will be important for Greedy to keep up the good work, and Bilal to stay in the game.  Also some help from the wing players will be needed.  The Friars get a lot of points on second chance buckets and need to hit the glass hard if they want those second chances this game.  They also need to hit the glass hard so that GW does not get those same second chances when they are on offense.  Besides that they need to contain Damian Hollis and get off to a good start.  A slow first half like last game will not be as easy to recover from on the road against a better opponent.

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s basketball Game Notes Vs. George Washington

ProJo.com

Friars Will Provide a Measuring Stick for Improving George Washington

Capsule Preview: PC at George Washington

The State of Friars Basketball

Preview for George Washington Colonials

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