I had said five days ago that I would post on here if the State of Friar basketball had become a dire problem. Well, the Friars downward spiral today has continued this negative trend in which the Friars have struggled down the stretch in the second half, a trend that has existed since Game 1 this season. I’ve just got some quick points, take of it what you want.
1. This is going to be one of the rare occasions where I am going to say some examples of poor officiating may have cost the Friars a chance at winning. Now, the reason I usually dont blame officiating is because teams usually have a chance to overcome the officiating. However, in a close game, there might be a call or two that you look back on and say that might have changed a game. The one call that stuck in my mind is a “inadvertant whistle” that occured in the middle of the first half. The Friars had the ball, Bilal Dixon makes a nice pass to the cutter for a layup, but because of an inadvertent whistle the play gets overturned. The Friars get the ball back, but turn the ball over for two Marquette points. Momentum swing? Not quite, but that poor excuse of officiating truly did cost the Friars two points and gave Marquette two points. Do the quick math … PC 81, Marquette 80. I’m not saying the game turns out that way, but those two points could have been huge throughout the course of the second half.
2. What defense? The Providence defense again proved terrible, as the penetration and kick-out destroyed the Friars in the second half. Defensive rotation was slow, as our man-to-man defense clearly is not our staple defense against an athletic team. However, instead of letting the penetrator into the heart of the defense to go 1 on 1 with a big man which Marquette struggled with, the wing players would always collapse leaving the best 3 point shooting team in the country wide open looks.
3. This team is not clutch. After a truly impressive run to cut the Marquette lead to 1, Marshon Brooks, who does nothing all game, decides to put the team on his shoulders and clank a layup into the rim. However, the Friars make a big stop on defense, only to forget about rebounding. And again out of a timeout with a chance to tie, Keno Davis comes up with a lackluster play and the Friars are forced into a terrible last-second attempt, similar to BC, or even URI to some extent.
4. Bilal Dixon is a 6th man, period. The lack of a dominant offensive post presence is still evident. Dixon had a good game, but he is not a dominant post presence that will single-handedly win you games. The Friars desperately need a 6-11 shot blocker with a sweet baby hook. Bilal Dixon would make a great 6th man to clean the boards, but he is just way to undersized for the Big East, as evidenced by the game against Syracuse.
5. I thought we had depth? 4 Friar players played over 30 minutes. I thought we were supposed to have 11 players who could play and make an impact. The lack of talent on our roster is still evident. We lack a fearless shooter, a shutdown defender, and a team with heart. We really need another shooter. Sharaud Curry only one doing damage from outside. Everyone else inconsistent. You cant win like that.
This was a must-win game for NIT hopes to stay alive. The Friars at 12-11 have 4 out of 5 against ranked teams, although three of those are at the Dunk. However, if you cant beat Marquette or South Florida at the Dunk, how can you expect to beat West Virginia and Syracuse. Anything is possible, but this is just highly unlikely. The disappointment continues to kill me inside.
Too Busy … Sadly … Check Twitter … Will post if Friar problems become dire …
Daniel Paille celebrates a second period goal against San Jose
The Boston Bruins (23-16-7) played the second game of a back-to-back and surprised the San Jose Sharks (30-10-8), winning in a shootout Thursday night, 2-1, on the road at the HP Pavillion Center.
Arenas has been suspended indefinitely
An interesting story has developed in Washington D.C. throughout the day, as prosecutors have charged Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas with felony gun possession in connection to a December locker room incident with teammate Javaris Crittenton. The maximum penalty for such a charge is five years in prison.
Everyone on the Bench Contributed Tonight for PC
DePaul (7-9, 0-4) suffered a huge blow when the found out Mac Koshwal would be out 2-4 weeks with a foot injury. The bigger blow might have been the disappointing effort the Blue Demons played with in the second half, as the Providence Friars (11-6, 3-2) clicked in every aspect of the game and defeated DePaul, 79-62 in Chicago.
Brian Scalabrine is still a beast despite the loss
Despite blowing out the New Jersey Nets last night, the Boston Celtics (27-11) strugged all night against the Chicago Bulls (17-20), and were just not able to make enough plays on both sides of the ball as they lost, 96-83, on Thursday night.
Despite going 53-18 as the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots from 2006 through 2009, Dean Pees has been fired.
Toucher and Rich air from 6-10 A.M.
Ever since the destruction of The Score 99.7 in Rhode Island, Rhode Islanders’ have been forced to listen to Boston Sports Talk for the past five years or so. I am not saying that is a bad thing, but it certainly has it’s restrictions. For one, local college sports from Rhode Island are rarely covered, but there are several good interviews that air on these stations due to their Boston location. 103.7 WEEI-FM came to Rhode Island roughly five years ago and made an impact by purchasing the rights to air the Providence Friars a year or so later. More recently (August), 98.5 turned from a trendy pop station into a Sports Hub, so now local sports enthusiasts have two stations to tune to. So which one provides better content?
Yesterday rumors were flying surrounding the whereabouts of Russ Permenter. It was first reported by John Rooke that Permenter had not borded the team plane headed out to Chicago and later to Marquette for the two game road trip. Speculation was rampant among the whereabouts of our backup center, who has played only 33 minutes in the past ten games.
Dan Sexton (ANA) Scores on Tuukka Rask (BOS) During First Period Power Play
The Boston Bruins (22-16-7) blew a 3-2 leading entering the third period, and fell to the Anaheim Ducks (21-19-7), 4-3 on Wednesday night.
“Big Baby” Glen Davis had a good game of the bench for the C’s
After a tough loss Monday night, the Celtics (27-10) returned to the fashion fans are used to and blasted the New Jersey Nets (3-35), 111-87 at the Izod Center on Wednesday Night.
Mac Koshwal blocks Jon Kale in the Big East Tournament Last March
The Providence Friars (10-6, 2-2) return to the Big East road circuit where they stand at a solid 1-1, as they prepare to take on the Jerry Wainwright-less DePaul Blue Demons (7-8, 0-3) in Chicago at 9 P.M. on January 14th.
Griffin will not play in any games this season
Blake Griffin was the unanimous number one pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, but since that time, Griffin has found it increasingly hard to get out on the court. It was announced a little while ago that Griffin will undergo season-ending surgery on a broken left knee-cap, ending his rookie campaign with no game time.
Rumor has it that Russ Permenter may be leaving the Providence Friars, but details are still missing. As seen through a conversation between Dave from Friar Blog and John Rooke, Permenter was not present on the team plane heading to Chicago.
Lane Kiffin Leaves Tennessee after coaching just one season
Fourteen months ago, the University of Tennessee took a risk on a coach who had struggled to find success and chemistry in the National Football League (Oakland), and brought him in to replace legendary coach Philip Fulmer whose tenure lasted seventeen rather successful years. Now, Tennessee is again in search for a head coach after Lane Kiffin left the school to return out to the west coast to fill the vacancy at the University of Southern California.