Pregame: Providence College vs. Rutgers University

Posted: January 8, 2010 in Pregame
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Opponent: Rutgers University Scarlet Knights / Est. 1766 / New Brunswick, NJ / Enrollment(UG) 38,900 / BIG EAST

All-time Series: Friars 12  |  Scarlet Knights 7

Location: The Dunkin’ Donuts Center [12,500] Providence, RI

Date: Saturday January, 9

Time: 8:00pm

Coverage: TV – Cox [New England]  SNY [Tri-State Area]  | Radio – 103.7 FM Providence

What you need to know about Rutgers: Saturday night Providence will look to rebound from their loss to Louisville when they play host to the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (9-5, 0-2).  This will be the twentieth meeting between the two teams with the Friars holding a 12-7 lead.  The Scarlet Knights come into the came without a BIG EAST win lost to both Cincinnati and West Virginia.  The only common opponent the Scarlet Knights have with Providence to date is Vermont.  The Knights lost at home to the Catamounts where the Friars had one of their best games.  Rutgers is led by McDonald’s All-American, sophomore guard, Mike Rosario.  Rosario is averaging just over 17 points per game.  The Knights will be without their big man and second leading scorer, Gregory Echenique, who is out for the season with an eye injury, but only played in seven games this season.  Echenique was averaging over twelve points a game and over seven rebounds.  News came earlier today that Echenique will be transferring from Rutgers.  Since his absence the Knights will look to receive support from Florida University transfer, and former Mr. Basketball New York, Jonathan Mitchell.  Mitchell’s Mt. Vernon, NY teammate, Mike Coburn, will be up at the point guard position.  Even without Echenique the Scarlet Knights still have good size in 7-footer Hamady Ndiaye.

PFB Perspective: Word is that Coach Keno Davis may change up his starting line up. You can only assume that that would mean bringing B-Mac off of the bench.  We have tried to be supportive of B-Mac, and he did have a decent game against St. John’s, but at this point we do think it is time for him to come off of the bench.  Yes, he is a senior, but that only matters so much.  Plus, there are plenty of players who perform better coming off of the bench.  Maybe B-Mac is one of those players.  But we will see what, if anything, is changed tomorrow evening.

Although this is a season that is not really about wins and loses, this is a game that Providence has to win.  Wins will be hard to come by this season, so beating teams like Rutgers and DePaul is necessary.  Not for any post season birth, because that is not what we are thinking about, but for the sake of the program and the recruits.

Sharaud has been looking better so hopefully he can keep that up.  Marshon also seemed to shake off some of his woes last game.  Hopefully, he builds off of his stronger performance in his last outing and plays the way he is capable of.  He doesn’t need to be the high scorer, but it is essential that he is a real scoring threat.  We also what to see Greedy get off the snide.  Greedy was by far the best player through the OCC schedule, but so far the BIG EAST has been less than kind to him.  He is undersized for this league and maybe that is catching up to him, but we think he is still capable of having big nights and putting up numbers similar to that in the OCC.

Providence needs to come out ready to play against Rutgers.  That means no 14-0 Rutger runs to open the game.  Hopefully PC can get into their up-tempo style with pressure in the full court and transition driven offense.  The shots, as always, need to fall, but good shot selection will help with that.  We are big on the extra pass, so there is no change in that going into this game.  The Friars need to limit their turnovers, and get back to hitting the glass.  The Louisville rebounding margin was ugly to say the least.  It shouldn’t be as much of an issue this game, but anything near a repeat performance just can’t happen.  Rosario will score his points, but limit him and the Friars should be able to get the win here… at least we hope… please don’t let us lose to Rutgers!!!

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Game Notes Vs. Rutgers

ProJo.com

Capsule Preview: Rutgers at PC

Friars’ coach says lineup changes could be coming

Friarblog

What To / Where To: BIG EAST Game #4 vs. Rutgers

The State of Friars Basketball

Providence Prepares For Rutgers at the Dunk!

**The State of Friars Basketball has moved to gofriars.tumblr.com.  They have been doing a good job over there for a while now, and have a nice new site, so if you don’t usually check them out please do.  We have also put a link up on our sidebar.

ScarletKnights.com

Rutgers in Rhode Island for Saturday Evening Contest at Providence

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