Game Notes & Preview: Providence (2-1, 0-0) vs St. Francis (NY) (0-2, 0-0) 11/21/16

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI

When: 6:30pm EST

How: FS1 (Alex Faust & Tarik Turner)/WEEI 103.7 FM and Friars.com (John Rooke and Joe Hassett)/FriarTV

Game Notes

  • Providence and St. Francis (NY) will meet for the 26th time ever on Monday. The Friars lead the all-time series, 18-7. This game is part of the campus site portion of the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic. The Friars defeated Grambling St in game one of the Emerald Coast Classic. The last time Providence played St. Francis (NY) was December 11, 1993 and the Friars won, 108-48. Providence has won the last 18 times against the Terriers. The teams first met December 22, 1921 in Brooklyn.
  • Providence is 52-12 all-time against teams from the Northeast Conference. St. Francis (NY) is the Northeast Conference team that Providence has played the most.
  • St. Francis (NY) is 0-2 this season. They have lost to two teams from the ACC with both contests being played on the road. The Terriers lost their season opener against NC State, 86-61, and then dropped their second game to Virginia, 72-32. That game against Virginia was part of the Emerald Coast Classic. The Terrriers are led by Glenn Braica, who is in his 7th season at the helm of the St. Francis (NY) program. Sophomore Glen Sanabria leads the Tigers in scoring at 12.0 points/game and junior Gunmarked Olafsson grabs the most rebounds, averaging 6.5 rebounds/game.
  • Opening Line: Providence -21 vs St. Francis (NY) 11/21/16

Game Preview

Providence plays their second campus site game of the Emerald Coast Classic on Monday night and their opponent in this game has a similar profile to Grambling St, who they played in the first campus site game on Saturday. St. Francis (NY) comes to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with an 0-2 record with their most recent loss coming at possible Providence opponent Virginia and the Terriers dropped that game by 40, managing just 32 points scored. Providence will either play Virginia or Iowa in their second game down in Destin, FL. But they have to get past St. Francis (NY) before they get to play Memphis in Destin.

St. Francis (NY) is ranked 350th out of 351 teams in Average Height, according to Kenpom.com. They are also 313th in Experience. Their backcourt starters are both sub-6 feet and their 6’9 starting center only averages 8.5 minutes/game through their first two games and they rarely play anyone besides him who is taller than 6’6.

The probable starters according to the game notes are:

Providence
St. Francis (NY)
  • Glenn Sanabria – #10 – Sophomore
  • Yunus Hopkinson – #2 – Senior
  • Keon Williams – #13 – Sophomore
  • Gunnar Olafsson – #4 – Junior
  • Joshua Nurse – #11 – Sophomore

The key to victory for Providence is to feed the ball inside early and often against the smaller St. Francis (NY) frontline. The Terriers have allowed teams to shoot 75.9% on shots at the rim, per Hoop-Math.com. In addition to allowing a very high make percentage at the rim, St. Francis (NY) also has 55.2% of shots taken against them occur at the rim. The field goal percentage of 75.9% is 13th worst in the nation and the 55.2% of shots taken against at the rim ranks 2nd worst nationally. Feeding Emmitt Holt, Rodney Bullock and Kalif Young inside should be Providence’s gameplan on Monday night.

Prediction: Providence 80 St. Francis (NY) 55

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