Pregame: Providence College vs. West Virginia University

Posted: February 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Opponent: West Virginia University Mountaineers / Est. 1867 / Morgantown, WV /Enrollment(UG) 21,000 / BIG EAST

Ranking: AP- 8 |  ESPN- 8

All-time Series: Friars 11 |  Mountaineers 14

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

Date: Wednesday February, 17

Time: 7:00pm

Coverage: COX  |  ESPN 360  |  103.7FM WEEI Providence

What you should know about the Mountaineers: The Mountaineers come to the Dunk with a solid 19-5 record and a #8 ranking; however, they are coming off of a very difficult week where they lost to Villanova, and came up short in an epic three overtime backyard brawl with Pitt.  They will come to the Dunk ready to get back to their winning ways for sure.  Despite the losses the Mountaineers are a very good team and have four players who are currently scoring in double figures.  They are led by senior Da’Sean Butler.  Butler is a 6’7″ small forward who has a strong frame and good length.  He isn’t particularly explosive but he is capable of going off for points.

Supporting Butler are Kevin Jones, Devin Ebanks, and Darryl “Truck” Bryant.  Jones is a 6’8″ sophomore from Mount Vernon, NY.  He plays tough down low and puts in good work on the boards.  Ebanks is also a sophomore.  Big things were expected from the Long Island native this year, and although he hasn’t quite lived up to the hype he is still capable of having big nights.  His play varies from game to game as he is experiencing a sophomore slump, but when he isn’t scoring he is given WVU good size with his athletic 6’8″ body.  Bryant runs the point for West Virginia, and he does a nice job.  He can both score and create.  The bench can also give some support.  Mazzula, the RI native has been hurt, but production often comes from others such as Smith and Flowers.

West Virginia plays a very slow s

PFB Perspective: Another one of the nations best teams is on deck for us.  This schedule has been brutal and this game could easily be the same.  West Virginia is good and is loaded with talent.  They also have better size than us.  WVU likes to play slowly.  They have one of the slowest paces in the country, so we think if we can get into an up and down high possession game with them we might be able to make them a little uncomfortable.  otherwise we aren’t exactly sure what the best course of action is against the Mountaineers.  They have a bunch of players that need to be shut down.  We need to a good effort from everybody if we want to be able to stay in this one.  We also have to win the battle of the boards.  We need those second chances, and we need defensive rebounds so we can outlet the ball and get it up court in a hurry.  We clearly don’t have a half court offense to speak of, but if we can get into a transition game we might fair better.



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