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2018-19 Providence College Hoops: The Kids Are Alright

Discussion in 'College Sports' started by CouchsideSteve, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. CouchsideSteve

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    Villanova visits a sold-out Dunk for a 2pm tip-off that will be aired on Fox. Friars are a 2.5pt underdog and need a win to keep faint tournament hopes alive. In recent years, Cooley’s teams have bounced-back from bad losses to steal games they weren’t expected to — does this young roster have it in them?

    Nate Watson needs to step up today. Nova will be challenged to guard him inside if PC can slowdown the pace.
     
  2. shawnrbu

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    Down 43 to 25 at the Half.

    The only highlight is FOX using the NBA on NBC theme song.
     
  3. Deathofthebambino

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    I just got in (had to take my 8 year old daughter to basketball, which is always, umm, enjoyable). Turned it on with about 7 minutes to go, and PC is trying to mount a charge.

    Has the entire game been officiated like this? No flow at all, officials calling fouls every 15 seconds or so. 'Nova is leaving the door open though, with 5 turnovers in the last couple minutes. If PC can just start hitting some shots, they could pull this off.

    Edit: Or make their damn free throws. My God, they are 11/23 from the line. That's deplorable for any D1 school, shit, that's deplorable for a high school.
     
  4. Deathofthebambino

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    Well, PC on a 13-0 run since I turned it on. Ashton-Langford with a 3 to cut it to 7 with 2:24 left. Buckle up.
     
  5. Deathofthebambino

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    16-0 run, 4 point game, 1:24 left.
     
  6. shawnrbu

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    What is MAL doing?!?
     
  7. PC Drunken Friar

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    Wtf was that... honestly...he just panicked and had no idea what to do?
     
  8. scottyno

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    MAL thought they were down 2 or 3??? Only possible explanation I can think of
     
  9. CouchsideSteve

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    It’s too bad, because MAL had a great game. But he is not the instinctual PG that Cooley’s flex offense has thrived with from Council to Cotton to Dunn to Cartwright.

    Make no mistake, Nova left that game for the taking. And the Friars declined.
     
  10. Deathofthebambino

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    Uggh, not a very good ending, but really, they just dug themselves way, way too deep of a hole.

    And the fucking free throw problem needs to be fixed. That's inexcusable. If they shoot 70% from the line, they probably win.
     
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    Georgetown banks in a 3 to tie the game at the buzzer. No idea why Ed did not have the team foul up 3 with 3.9 to go and Georgetown having to go full court.
     
  13. shawnrbu

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    MAL fouls a three point shooter taking a wild shot up 4 with 15 seconds to go. Is he trying to top the Villanova blunder?
     
  14. scottyno

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    and then he gives up a wide open look for 3 when everyone in the building knew they had to take a 3

    and again they could have fouled and didn't
     
  15. CouchsideSteve

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    I hate criticizing Cooley, because he is the absolute best coach this program could ever want, but... yikes. The mistake of not fouling twice with a three point lead, compounded by refusing to sub in fresh legs at the end and having the last two meaningful possessions of the second OT not resulting in viable shot attempts? Brutal.
     
  16. CouchsideSteve

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    Friars finally picked up a conference win over Seton Hall Tuesday night. The Big East is truly a jumble beneath Nova (with even DePaul now stealing road games), and the Friars can make it even more so by picking off Marquette today in Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles are only 5.5pt favorites, with presumptive Big East PoTY Markus Howard questionable to suit up.

    The Friars need to score 75 points today, minimum —which is easier said than done for a team dead last by a mile in Offensive Efficiency and eFG % so far in conference play, per KenPom.
     
  17. CouchsideSteve

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    I haven’t contributed much to the thread over the past month, because frankly there isn’t all that much to parse. The Friars are 4-7 in Big East play after upsetting St. John’s at MSG on Saturday. The story is simple: It’s a young team with talented players, who collectively at present time, cannot shoot. It’s really that simple.

    Per KenPom, Providence is last in the conference in eFG% at 43.7 — a country mile behind next-to-last Xavier, who is at 49.5 (!). It’s only by the grace of strong defense (1st in conference in defensive efficiency, also per KenPom) and a high offensive rebounding rate that the team is even competitive.

    Looking at individual development, it has been encouraging to see Reeves back healthy (though still shaking off some rust) and both Duke and MAL playing with confidence. There is real potential here for next season, but Cooley needs to bring in a graduate transfer who can shoot to play on the wing — you just can’t expect this group to develop from horrendous to passable with one offseason of development.
     
  18. HomeRunBaker

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    I don't expect MAL to be here next year with the addition of Gantt, who should help with his shooting ability, and you have to account for a big chunk of our shooting problems this year occurring when Reeves was out. I have no idea what his motivations are but fingers crossed that he doesn't jump ship to get a small 2nd round guarantee ala Ledo as this is still a risk unless anyone has info on his intentions.
     
  19. CouchsideSteve

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    I actually do think MAL will be back, given the minutes he is now earning and Cooley’s willingness/preference to play Duke off ball. That said, MAL’s dad has been a vocal critic on Twitter and he has obviously had his ups and downs over two seasons, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did transfer. Seems unlikely that all three of MAL, White and Edwards will return, given this year’s uneven backcourt rotation with no one graduating.

    It will be interesting to see how the team plays over this three game home stand, beginning with Xavier this afternoon. Cooley’s teams have played their best basketball the last few years in February, with their backs against the wall. But this year, arguably, they’re past the point of return for a sixth straight NCAA bid. Earning the #6 seed in the conference tournament and thereby avoiding the Wed night play-in (not to mention Nova’s side of the bracket) seems like the achievable best-case. I’ll still be watching every game with interest, given the wealth of young talent.
     

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