Pregame: Providence College vs. The University of South Florida

Posted: January 22, 2010 in Pregame
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Opponent: The University of South Florida Bulls / Est. 1956 / Tampa, FL / Enrollment(UG)34,500 / BIG EAST

All-time Series: Friars 5  |  Bulls 1

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

Date: Saturday January, 23

Time: 8:00pm

Coverage: ESPN U

What you should know about USF: USF was able to get some early wins in their OOC, but has struggled in the BIG EAST.  It hurts that one of their best players, Augustus Gilchrist, has been sidelined with injury and has not played a BIG EAST game yet.  He won’t play in tomorrow’s match up either.  But the Bulls do have a very talented 6’4″ junior combo-guard, Dominique Jones.  Jones is averaging a team best 19.6 ppg.  Jones is not an explosive player, but uses his strength and quickness efficiently.  He has a fast first step, and is willing to work inside, as seen with his 6 rebounds per game.  Jones is an NBA talent and needs to be controlled.  Jones gets most of his support by way of Jarrid Famous.  Famous, at 6’11,” gives the Bulls good size down low.  He is averaging around 11 ppg and almost 8 rebounds.  USF’s only win in BIG EAST play came against Rutgers; however, they did play Notre Dame very close only losing by one point.  In their last game, three days ago, the Bulls lost to Cincy.  They got Providence this morning and have not had much time to prepare between games.

PFB Perspective:  This will sound a little dumb, but we have been doing a good job winning winable games thus far in the BIG EAST.  We hesitate to say that there are games we are supposed to win this year, but there are very winnable games; this is one of them.  We have a weak USF on our home court and we need to defend it.  It is homecoming weekend, and it is the first BIG EAST game that the student body will be around for.

We are coming back from a road trip and a really ugly loss to Marquette, so this is a perfect game to go out and get back on track.  Lots of players were nowhere to be found out in Milwaukee.  Marhson and Sharaud had poor games, and Greedy didn’t even make it till the end of the game.  We will need Marshon and Sharaud to get back on track, and we will need Greedy to keep his elbows to himself.   Play off of the bench is very important.  USF doesn’t have great depth at a few positions, so even though they have some height on us, if we keep fresh legs and get production off the bench we could cause problems for them.  It is a very obvious thing to say, but we need our shots to fall from the perimeter… because we are usually doomed if they don’t.

Defensively it is no secret that Jones has to be limited.  He will score his points, but we just can’t let him go off on us.  We are thinking the zone may help limit his penetration and inside finishes.  But he can beat you from the outside as well, so we need to check him at all times, and force low percentage shots from him.  We also need to hit the glass.  There are a number of players on this USF team who will hit the boards.  There is nobody averaging 10 rebounds a game but there are a few around seven.  We need to put a body on the green shirts.

That is pretty much it for this game.  Basic fundamentals should help us, but make no mistake about it… USF is very capable of beating us, especially if we play the way we did in the first half against DePaul and how we played in the Marquette game.  Wins are tough to come by this season, so we need to take advantage of our winnable games, and get this one.  Give the returning Alumni something to cheer about.

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Game Notes Vs. University of South Florida

ProJo.com

Capsule Preview: South Florida at PC

Friarblog

What To / Where To: BIG EAST Game #7 vs. South Florida

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