Pregame: Providence College vs. The University of Notre Dame

Posted: December 30, 2009 in Pregame
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Opponent: The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish / Est. 1842 / South Bend, IN / Enrollment(UG): 8,400 /BIG EAST

All-time Series: Friars- 9  Irish- 13

Location: The Joyce Center [9,800] South Bend, IN

Day: Wednesday December, 30

Time: 9:00 pm

Coverage: TV– Cox / Radio– WEEI 103.7FM / Internet– ESPN 360

Preview: Both the Friars (8-4) and the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) open up their BIG EAST schedule tonight against each other.  The Friars will have to travel to the Joyce Center where the Irish have experienced great success over the years.  The Irish are led by national star Luke Harangody.  The 6’8″ 250lbs forward is averageing just over 34 points per game and just under 10 rebounds.  While familiar face Kyle Mcalarney is finally out of South Bend, Harangody has some other serious contributors on the team.  Most notably are forward Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough (brother of Tyler).  Together these three lead the scoring attack while the rebounding is very much a team effort.  The whole team knows how to hit the glass.  With both teams averaging point totals of over 80 look for the game to be high scoring with a lot of possessions.

PFB Perspective: Thank goodness BIG EAST basketball is back.  We have missed it.  We are just a few games in but we have already had some thrillers in Seton Hall vs. WVU and WVU vs. Marquette, but lets get to the team that matters… Providence.

We have had quite a long layoff with only two games in what seemed like forever, but so has Notre Dame.  Make no bones about it, going to the Joyce Center with such a young team and pulling off a win is unlikely, but this is the BIG EAST where anything can happen on any given night.  So with that we will take a look at what we think needs to be done to give us a chance.

The obvious is limit Harangody.  There really isn’t any stopping him, especially with our lack of size, but it is possible to slow him down.  Ray Hall??  In seriousness Bilal will have to give it all he has got and must stay out of foul trouble.  Russ will also have to give a strong defensive and physical performance off of the bench.  Notre Dame’s top two scorers are there bigs.  While we won’t necessarily be attacking them on offense we need to give it everything we have on defense.  Greedy has been playing great, and even found his name on the BIG EAST honorable mention, but this is a whole new thing.  Hopefully his double double performances can carry into BIG EAST play… we will need every bit of it.

Offensively we need a balanced attack.  A offensive game like George Washington wouldn’t hurt.  That may be wishful thinking but if we can have a balanced attack where everybody is presenting themselves as a legitimate scoring threat we may have something.  That means BMac, Marshon, and Sharaud all need to come out strong with their jumper and their aggressiveness.  These are the veterans on the team and they really need to set the tempo for the younger guys.  Providence needs to be making the extra pass, taking care of the ball, and most importantly connecting on their jumpers.  But if they aren’t getting the jumpers to fall, its important that they explore the other options, like driving and making something happen from there.

Maybe the game is a long shot.  And maybe our best chance is getting Harangody to foul.  But you never know what may happen.  This is why they play the games.  Notre Dame took a tough loss to Loyola Marymount, so it is possible to bring them down even at home.  We will need a very good game, which is what we will need every night if we want to scrap out any wins, but it is possible.  Plus I don’t think there is anyway that this will be more upsetting than the last two games we have had against Notre Dame… I’m sure most of you know exactly what we are referring to.

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