Posts Tagged ‘Rutgers’

It is now official.  The ongoing uncertainties with the status of Fred Hill as the Head Coach at Rutgers have come to an end. After being told that he would be brought back for the final year on his contract, Hill created a scene at a Rutgers-Pittsburgh baseball game (Hill’s father is the coach of Rutgers).  Hill was asked to refrain from attending any future baseball games, but disobeyed the schools orders.  As a result Rutgers made the decision that it was time for Hill and them to part ways.  Now after two weeks of negotiations the two parties have come to a settlement and Hill has resigned.  The settlement is allegedly a $850,000 deal with benefits.

Well while things have been better in Friartown, things have certainly been better in Piscataway.  The Hill standoff finally comes to an end after two weeks, but is right during the spring signing period.  Already the Scarlet Knights have lost there most talented recruit in Gilvydas Birutas.  Adding to that Mike Rosario committed to become a Florida Gator.

The Knights have lost their coach, recruits, and their only McDonalds All-American in school history in a very short period of time.  Not to mention the departure of a number of other players from the team.  The Rutgers Basketball program may have hit rock bottom in the last couple of weeks.  But maybe things have to get to rock bottom before you can make any progress.  We don’t know, the facts are that Rutgers was a struggling team that is even in a worse position.

Looking forward Rutgers short list includes recent 76ers coach and former Rutgers standout Eddie Jordan, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, and former Ohio State coach Jim O’Brien.  It seems like Eddie Jordan is a major possibility here.  We will keep you updated… because we know just how much Rutgers basketball means to you all.

Providence got the win last night against the visiting Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.  The Friars came out very strong in the first half building a 55-38 lead.  The first half was dominated by Greedy Peterson who put up 24 of his 29 points.  The 29 nine was a career high for Greedy.  He also pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds.  But Greedy was not the only Friar who had a good night.  Sharaud Curry added 21 points, while Brian McKenzie and Marshon Brooks also scored in double digits.  In the second half Rutgers was able to cut into the Providence lead, but the Friars seemed to always have an answer when they needed it.  For Rutgers, All-American Mike Rosario was held scoreless through most of the game and only finished with a single basket.  Rutgers was led by 26 points from Dane Miller who came off of the bench.  Jon Mitchell and Hamady Ndiaye had strong performances as well.  With the loss Rutgers loses their fourth straight and falls to 9-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play.  Things don’t get much easier for them as they next play host to Syracuse.  With the win Providence improves to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST.  Their next game will be at DePaul this Thursday.

Hello Greedy Peterson!  After two poor performance and rumors of line-up changes, Greedy had a career night.  29 points and 20 rebounds.  And if Greedy could make his free throws it would be a lot more.  But, after a performance like that we will try not to take that away from him.  11-18 from the floor and 3-6 from three is just a great night for him.  Hopefully he can keep some semblance of this up in the coming games.  Oh, and that near dunk Greedy had in the second half pass from Sharaud Curry on the break… was crazy.  Yes, he was fouled and missed the dunk, but it was an in-face-reminder of what a freakazoid of an athlete he is.

The other name swirling about in the line-up changes was B-Mac.  He got the start and he did his best to justify it.  We are never expecting big things from B-Mac but performances like last night are good.  11 points and 6 rebounds are the numbers we need from him.  We weren’t a fan of all the shots he took but it was clearly an improvement from last game.  B-Mac has had other solid performances like this throughout the season, but has been unable to put together a string of good performances.  One good night doesn’t change that much, he will need to show some consistency in his play and in his numbers in the coming games.

Now for the rest of the positives.  Marshon had another solid game.  He had put together a bad run there, but came in with a second consecutive strong performance.  Hopefully he is starting to see his place on this team.  It is not completely up to him to score.  He passed better and had more effective takes to the basket.  We also liked his work on the boards, especially the offensive boards.  Sharaud has seemingly hit his stride.  The OCC was questionable at best for him, but since the BIG EAST has rolled around Sharaud looks like he has picked up where he left off last year.  Also, once again, VC came ready to play.  There is just not enough you can say about him considering he is a freshman.  We guess the best thing to say is that he dosn’t look like a freshman.  9 points and 6 assists is good stuff.  Some of his passes are just crazy too.  He makes these unbelievable passes look so easy.  Sometimes people have trouble finishing them though.  Maybe they are just surprised to see the ball in their hands, but VC can play… no surprise there.

Last night wasn’t Bilal’s greatest night.  We need more from him, especially on the boards.  He had to go up against 7-footer Hamady Ndiaye which maybe explains some of his woes.  That and the fact that Greedy stole just about every rebound there was to have.  Also, besides VC, there wasn’t that much production from the bench.  We will need more from them in the future.  The last glaring negative was the free throw shooting.  Had it not been for Sharaud, nobody on the team shot better than 50% from the charity stripe.  That has to get better, becuase if it keeps up it will be the reason we lose a game at some point this season.

Overall though it was a good game.  The team didn’t play with the intensity we probably all would have liked over the entire 40 minutes, but they played with enough to win, which last night was good enough.  Considering the league we are in we will take it, but we know that if we want to knock off any of the top teams this season nothing less than an all-out 40 minutes performance will do.  It is something we have still yet to see.  That said last night was good.  Although Providence let it get a little close on occasion, they showed enough poise to stay in control and answer back when they needed to.  They fouled a lot and their defense was not spectacular, but they held Mike Rosario to just two points, and got balanced offensive production from their first six players.  We won the rebounding battle and our assist stats looked better.  DePaul is next, and that is a winnable road game for us.  There are a few days off, to rest up and prepare.  DePaul is without a BIG EAST win and will be looking to defend their home court.  They also haven’t one a BIG EAST game in over 20 games (we are not including their BE postseason win over Cincy last year), so we need to try very hard not to be the team that ends their streak.

PFB Player of the Game: Greedy Peterson– No surprise with this one.  29 points and 20 rebounds is usually good for this sort of thing.  We really wish he hit just one more free throw and got to 30 though.  But hey, great game from Greedy.

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Downs Rutgers, 94-81

ProJo.com

McKenzie, Peterson get Friars back to winning ways

Friarblog

Greedy’s Dominant 1st Half Leads Friars to Victory Over Rutgers [Game Recaps]

The State of Friars Basketball

Peterson’s Career Game Propels the Friars Over Rutgers

ScarletKnights.com

Career Nights from Miller and Mitchell Not Enough as RU Falls at Providence

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

Providence was picked to finish 13th by the coaches of the Big East today atbig east basketball logo Big East Media Day.  They were followed only by USF, Rutgers, and DePaul.  Villanova was picked to finish first with 10 first place votes, followed by West Virginia with 5, and Connecticut with 1.

Luke Harangody was named preseason player of the year for the second time, joining only Patrick Ewing as a multiple preseason player of the year (Ewing won the award three times).

Joining Harangody on the presason first team are seniors: Deonta Vaughn (Cincinnati), Lazar Hayward (Marquette), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova) and Da’Sean Butler (West Virginia), and sophomore Greg Monroe (Georgetown).

imagesFirst of all we would like to apologize for our delay in posts.  Things have been a little crazy lately, but especially with the season getting started we will be posting more frequently.

There weren’t really any surprises with anything today.  Villanova has been pegged for number one from the day J. Flynn, Devo, and Paul Harris left from Syracuse.  We still feel that when all is said and done West Virginia will finish higher than Villanova, even though the coaches had them ranked right behind Villanova.  It will be fun to see when those two teams square off though.

As for the Big East team, it looks good.  Harangody is a scoring and rebounding machine, and is an easy choice for preseason POY.  The rest of the team looks deserving as well.  It will be interesting to see who stays on the first team by the end of the season.

Providence coming in at 13 really isn’t a surprise either.  PC is an unknown, and essentially a new team.  The positive is that expectations are not high for the team, which means that there isn’t much room to disappoint, but a lot of room for surprise.  We’ll see.

The season is here… get excited.