Pregame: Providence College vs. Georgetown University

Posted: February 8, 2010 in Pregame
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Opponent: Georgetown University Hoyas / Est. 1789 / Washington D.C. / Enrollment(UG) 7,000 /BIG EAST

Ranking: AP– #7  |  ESPN– #8

All-time Series: Friars 19  |  Hoyas  38

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

Date: Tuesday February, 9

Time:  7:00 pm

Coverage: TV– ESPN 2  |  Radio– WEEI 103.7 FM Providence

What you should know about the Hoyas: The Hoyas are coming off a big win over #2 Villanova at home this past Saturday.  They had lost to the Cats earlier this season, but were able to put on an absolute clinic, in the Washington D.C. snow storm, with an impressive win.  Even with the win over Nova, the Hoyas have been alternating wins and losses.  A loss to USF was sandwiched by impressive wins over Duke and Nova, but before the win over Duke, the Hoyas were blown out by Syracuse… but no shame in that we suppose.  The Hoyas are headlined by sophomore center, Greg Monroe.  Although he is not the leading scorer on the team he is a leader.  Monroe is 6’11” and 240lbs, but not overwhelmingly athletic.  He has trouble with turnovers, and sometimes fails to assert himself in the low post area.  He is neither quick nor explosive, but he is intelligent on the court and is crafty in his scoring.  His greatest skill, however, may be his passing abilities.  He sees the floor well, and will pass out of double teams.  He is unselfish, which contributes in part to his lack of assertiveness.  His height speaks for itself, and he is averaging over 15 points and 9 rebounds a game.

The leading scorer on the team in Austin Freeman.  Freeman is not a great ball handler and can be inconsistent at times with his shot, but when it is falling it is falling; however, when his shot isn’t falling he will drive and slash and create baskets in other ways.  Chris Wright takes over the point duties, and is very talented.  Jason Clark rounds out the top scorers for the Hoyas.  He can be explosive at times, as Villanova learned when he went 6-7 from behind the three point line and 24 points.

PFB Perspective: The game against Marquette was disappointing because once again we were unable to hold a lead, and that last possession did not sit well with us.  Also it was a terrible game for Marshon, and we were really hoping we wouldn’t have his worst game of the season this far into the season.  And while we were struggling with Marquette, Georgetown was putting a hurting on Villanova down the snow covered capital.

This game will be a tough one, but we are hoping the fact that it is Georgetown and that the game is on ESPN2, that there will be a great turnout, a big time atmosphere, and maybe a close game.  Last game, although we lost we were happy with how Greedy, Sharuad, and VC played.  We were also happy with Bilal.  Although he had some trouble finishing inside, last game was an improvement for him.  Marshon and the bench weren’t so hot… and we are pretty much done commenting on BMac for the time being.  So we are hoping to see another set of strong performances and some life from Marshon.  That is not to say we expect to win, because when it comes down to it Georgetown is just better.  They have the McDonald’s All-Americans, they have the size… they are better.  But we are hoping to see a strong, balanced performance, continued improvement, and just maybe some defense.  And if that happens who knows.  We have had bigger upsets before.  And although we are 38-19 against the Hoyas all time, we have a 13-12 at home.

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Game Notes Vs. No. 7 Georgetown

ProJo.com

Capsule preview: Georgetown at PC

ESPN.com

Georgetown – Providence Preview

Friarblog

Keepin’ it Casual: Q + A with Casual Hoya

The Casual Hoya

Sleeping With The Enemy: The Providence Friars

Hoya Hoops

Providence Preview

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