Pregame: Providence College vs. DePaul University

Posted: January 13, 2010 in Pregame
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Opponent: DePaul Universtiy Blue Demons / Est. 1898 / Chicago, IL / Enrollment(UG) 16,200 / BIG EAST

All-time Series: Friars 20  |  Blue Demons 6

Location: Allstate Arena [17,500] Rosemont, IL

Date: Thursday January, 14

Time: 9:00pm

Coverage: TV- ESPN 2  |  Radio- 103.7 Providene

What you should know about DePaul: DePaul’s last outing was a brutal beat down at Villanova that lowered them to an 0-3 record in conference play.  Earlier this week Head Coach Jerry Wainwright was fired.  The 7-8, 0-3 start, and a 22 regular season BIG EAST losing streak were enough to put the coach out of a job.  Assistant Tracey Webster will serve as the interim coach and will coach his first game with the Blue Demons Thursday night.  On the court the Blue Demons are led by the scoring of senior guard Will Walker.  Walker is averaging 15.4 points a game.  Behind, Walker is probably the teams best player in Mac Koshwal.  Koshwal was injured earlier in the season, but is back.  At 6’10” the junior center is averaging 15 ppg and 11 rebounds.  He is a threat offensively and defensively and will be the toughest assignment for the undersized Friars.  Nobody else in the lineup really stands out statistically.  They have a group of players scoring in the mid-single digits all averaging around a couple rebounds per game.

PFB Perspective: Mcuh like Rutgers, this is a must win game for the Friars.  So far we have been able to beat the teams we are “supposed” to beat and it is important that we keep that up.  Plus this game is on ESPN 2,.  The 9:00 game on ESPN is Michigan vs. Indiana, which isn’t really a great game, but will probably draw more viewers than our game.  Either way though, we would like to have a strong showing on national television.

It seems like the key to beating the Blue Demons is in slowing down Mac Koshwal.  Easier said than done, considering we are an undersized team.  The big man can score and cleans up on the glass.  We are going to need a great effort from the front court, especially Bilal.  Bilal doesn’t need to be a stats monster this game but needs to keep Koshwal off of the boards.  Put a body on him and box him out, and than it is up to the rest of the team to go after the ball.  Foul trouble would be a big problem, but who knows maybe Ray Hall could see a little action.  On the flip side get Koshwal into foul trouble and we may have something.  But that is unlikely, Koshwal rarely finds himself in foul trouble.

As always we need to play a 40 minute game… something we really have not done this season.  Hopefully Greedy continues his dominance from last game, and Sharaud and Marshon keep up the recent good work, but the most important thing is a consistent effort from the team over the full 40 minutes of the game.  We need to control the boards, and not give Koshwal and DePaul second cracks at it.  The scoring for Providence in this game might come mostly from the guards, but we think it will be up to the big men to win this game.

DePaul has lost over 20 regular season BIG EAST games in a row!  it would be terrible to be the team that they break their streak against.  It seems like Providence is picking up some confidence in beating the teams they should be beating, so a loss here would be a big set back.  We have been blessed with a soft start to the beginning of BIG EAST play so we need to take advantage of it and get wins where ever we can.  We aren’t sure what the new coach situation means for DePaul.  We would imagine that right away they will be essentially the same team, but never underestimate a team that has undergone such a drastic change.  Many times it doesn’t really help but every once in a while the change of pace, gives the team the boost they need to get back in the win column.  But we think, if PC plays their game they should get the win.  Lock down on D, make the extra pass, and good shot selection over 40 minutes should do the trick… hopefully at least… we don’t think we could take being the team that DePaul breaks their streak against.

Links

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Game Notes vs. DePaul

ProJo.com

Capsule Preview: PC at DePaul

Wainwright leaves DePaul ill-prepared to survive in Big Ethics

Friarblog

What To / Where To: BIG EAST Game #5 at DePaul

DePaulBlueDemons.com

Defense the Key for DePaul Against Providence

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