Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI
How: Fox Sports 1/WEEI 103.7 FM
- The Friars and Blue Demons have met 11 times since DePaul joined the Big East with PC owning an 8-3 record
- DePaul has won their last 2 times at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center
- Bryce Cotton leads the nation in minutes per game with 39.5. He is averaging 41.5 mpg in Big East play and has played every second of the last 10 games. The last time he came out was against Villanova on 1/5/14, a game in which he played 38 minutes.
- Bryce Cotton is 2nd in the Big East in scoring (21.2 ppg) and Brandon Young is 10th (15.0 ppg)
- Bryce Cotton is 1st in the Big East in assists (5.8 apg) and Brandon Young is 8th (3.8 apg)
- Kadeem Batts is 4th (7.6 rpg) and LaDontae Henton is 5th (7.2 rpg) in the Big East in rebounds while Tommy Hamilton is 16th (5.3 rpg)
- Line opened at PC -12
Note: Rankings reflect Conference Games Only
When Providence has the ball
|Efficiency||105.9 4||115.4 10||104.3|
|Avg. Poss Length||19.4 0||17.2 0||17.9|
|Effective FG%:||46.9 6||56.8 10||49.5|
|Turnover %:||18.1 7||18.2 4||18.5|
|Off. Reb. %:||35.9 1||29.7 5||31.6|
|FTA/FGA:||42.9 1||50.7 10||40.8|
|3P%:||33.6 5||40.0 10||34.4|
|2P%:||45.1 9||55.1 10||48.5|
|FT%:||76.0 1||73.4 7||69.7|
|Block%:||7.7 2||11.5 4||9.8|
|Steal%:||9.3 9||9.7 3||9.1|
When DePaul has the ball
|Efficiency||98.2 9||107.4 8||104.3|
|Avg. Poss Length||18.3 0||17.8 0||17.9|
|Effective FG%:||46.3 9||49.6 5||49.5|
|Turnover %:||20.0 10||14.4 9||18.5|
|Off. Reb. %:||33.3 2||28.7 4||31.6|
|FTA/FGA:||41.0 4||36.2 6||40.8|
|3P%:||33.3 6||31.9 2||34.4|
|2P%:||44.5 10||50.2 7||48.5|
|FT%:||67.5 10||74.6 8||69.7|
|Block%:||12.5 10||12.3 3||9.8|
|Steal%:||10.2 10||7.8 7||9.1|
This game has all the makings of a Providence win. DePaul is a half game out of the basement in the Big East at 2-10 and have lost 7 in a row entering tomorrow’s contest. Cleveland Melvin, their leading scorer and rebounder, just disenrolled from the school and is no longer a member of the team. The Dunk should be a sellout as its Alumni & Family Weekend at PC. The Friars are fairly heavy favorites. Kenpom says they have an 85% chance of winning this game. Everything looks to be in order. But that’s why they play the games.
This Friar team is in desperate need of a win. Their NCAA tournament hopes are hanging on by a thread after losing 3 straight games coming into tomorrow’s game. The Friars are currently a 12 seed playing a 1st round play-in game in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology release yesterday. A loss tomorrow will effectively end those hopes as a home loss to a team with an RPI over 100 would likely move PC’s RPI into the low 70’s. Not good.
When these two teams met in Chicago earlier this month, the Friars got off to a hot shooting start and opened up a 13 point lead heading into the under 12 media timeout. PC looked to be controlling the game early and taking Joe Hassett’s advice from the pre-game show and not giving the Blue Demons any hope. But DePaul clawed back and got the lead down to 5, 42-37, at the break. R.J. Currington came off the bench and had a career game scoring 22 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. This is a guy who was averaging under 3 points and 1 rebound per game coming in.
Bryce Cotton was the Friar’s high scorer (shocking I know) with a game high 28 points. He also dished out 6 assists. PC also got something they have been lacking during this 3 game skid: help scoring for Cotton. LaDontae Henton went for 19 points and 7 rebounds while Tyler Harris had 18 points and 5 rebounds. That will be a key to look for tomorrow. Who else is going to step up and play well to help Cotton? My money is on Henton. He had arguably his worst game of the season last time out against Georgetown where he had his lowest points (4) and rebounds (4) output of the season and played his second fewest minutes of the season (26). He was saddled with early foul trouble in the 1st half. Henton and Batts were both in foul trouble on Monday. Henton picked up his 2nd foul with 7:02 to play in the 1st half and Batts at the 12:43 mark.
Look for the Friars to get back on track and put a much needed W in the left column as they head into a big time matchup as the #6 ranked Villanova Wildcats will make the trip to Providence on Tuesday night.
Prediction: DePaul 67 Providence 80