Game Notes & Preview: Providence (10-5, 1-1) vs Marquette (10-4, 1-1) 1/3/18

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI

When: 6:30pm EST

How: CBSSN (John Sadak & Steve Lappas)/CBSSN Live (Where Available)/WEEI 103.7 FM and Friars.com (John Rooke and Joe Hassett)/FriarTV

Tickets: SeatGeek

Game Notes

  • Providence and Marquette will meet for the 25th time ever on Wednesday. Marquette leads the all-time series, 16-8. 19 of the 24 previous meetings have come with both teams in the Big East.
  • Marquette is 10-4 this season. The Golden Eagles opened Big East play with a tough loss at home to Xavier and then beat Georgetown last Saturday. Marquette is coached by Steve Wojciechowski who is in 4th season at the helm of the program. The Golden Eagles are led in scoring by redshirt senior Andrew Rowsey who is averaging 22.4 points/game. Sophomore Sam Hauser leads the team in rebounding at 5.4 rebounds/game.
  • The Friars dropped their most recent game at Creighton, 83-64, in Omaha on New Year’s Eve.
  • Providence senior forward Rodney Bullock went over 1,000 points in his career against Boston College on November 25th. He became the 48th player in school history to score at least 1,000 points. Bullock is the 17th-fastest Providence player, tied with Eric Murdock, to score his 1,000th point (73 games). Bullock’s current place on the list is 30th with 1,172 points. He is 21 points behind Lenny Wilkens.
  • Providence senior guard Kyron Cartwright continues his drive up the all-time assist record list at Providence. He began the season tied for 12th with John Linehan (450). Cartwright has 88 assists through 14 games. He has 538 assists in his career, which places him 5th all-time at Providence. Next on the list in front of Cartwright is Billy Donovan (546). Cartwright recorded his 500th career assist against URI on December 2nd. He is the 7th Providence player to record at least 500 career assists. Cartwright notched a career-high 15 assists in Providence’s win at St. John’s on December 28th.
  • Providence officially announced on November 29th that Emmitt Holt would miss the entire 2017-18 season as a redshirt while he continues to recover from abdominal surgery. Holt has been off campus recovering, but is expected to return to school in January.
  • Opening Line: Providence -1.5 vs Marquette 1/3/18

Game Preview

Providence and Marquette will meet for the 25th time ever on Wednesday night for Providence’s Big East home opener. The Friars are coming off a loss at Creighton on New Year’s Eve after beating St. John’s to kick of league play last week. Marquette opened with two home games, splitting against Xavier and Georgetown.

Kyron Cartwright continues to battle through an ankle injury after aggravating it during the Creighton game. He is officially a gametime decision for this game, but after he returned to action against Creighton it would be surprising if Cartwright didn’t give it a go against Marquette.

Through early league action Marquette is leading the Big East in 3P% at 43.8%. For the season Marquette ranks 12th nationally in terms of Points Per Possession on 3-point jump shots at 1.254 PPP. The Golden Eagles have three players that average more than 3 made 3-pointers per game in Sam Hauser (3.0 on 48.8%), Andrew Rowsey (3.9 on 45.0%) and Markus Howard (3.5 on 37.7%).

Providence will have to make a decision on how they want to defend Marquette’s shooters while also being mindful of Cartwright’s potential gimpy ankle. There may be more zone than Ed Cooley would want to play against a team with this many shooters and the lineup may shift to the smaller version with Rodney Bullock at the center spot if defense ends up being an issue.

Listen to the latest Providence Friarcast where Brendan, Chris and Mike discussed Providence’s 1-1 start to Big East play and previewed the Friars’ Big East home opener against Marquette:

The probable starters are:

Providence
Marquette

The keys to victory for Providence are to have a relatively healthy Kyron Cartwright running the show and to contain Marquette’s shooters. What that basically means is the Friars have to hope Cartwright’s ankle is healthy enough to play heavy minutes so he can facilitate their offense and Providence has to defend the perimeter and hope Marquette doesn’t have a hot shooting night.

Prediction: Providence 74 Marquette 77

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