#pcbb Opening Line – PC @ Marquette -5.5

My numbers have this game at pick ’em but that doesn’t take into account home court advantage and other factors like injuries, momentum, tired legs, etc. Even still, Marquette being 5.5 point favorites seems a bit high. I have a feeling this line will drop down to around 2 or 3 points by the time these teams tip-off tomorrow night.

Providence 10-8-1 ATS 2-2 ATS Away
Marquette 7-11 ATS 2-6 ATS Home

Betting Trends

  • Providence 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Providence 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • Providence 0-5 ATS and SU in their last 5 games @ Marquette
  • Marquette 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games
  • Marquette 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games
  • Marquette 5-1 SU in their last 6 home games

Upcoming PC Alumni Gamewatches in Your Area #pcbb

Here are the regional clubs that are hosting Gamewatches for Thursday’s and Saturday’s games. I have attended a few of these and I have to say it’s a lot of fun watching a PC game with other PC alums and also meeting new people who share the common bond of loving the Friars. If you live in any of these areas, I recommend checking these out:

Thursday 1/30/14 vs. Marquette

Providence College Club of Greater Boston

  • The Black Rose 160 State Street Boston, MA 02760
  • Meeting on the 2nd floor at 6pm. Game begins at 7pm
  • Contact Jenn Sheytanian jennifer.sheytanian@providence.edu

Providence College Capital Area Alumni Club

  • Penn Social 801 E Street NW Washington, D.C. 20004
  • Contact Brittany McHale 336-416-3647 mchale,brittany@gmail.com

Providence College Club of Long Island

  • Churchill’s Restaurant and Bar 18 South Park Ave Rockville Centre, NY 11570
  • Contact Mike Hopkins ’10 mhopkins8587@gmail.com

Saturday 2/1/14 vs. DePaul

Providence College Greater Chicago Area Club

  • Harry Caray’s 10233 West Higgins Road Rosemont, IL 60018 – Located in the Holiday Inn & Suites (Chicago-O’Hare) Rosemont Hotel
  • Pre-game reception – Alumni ticket packages are $50/person, which includes food and a game ticket at Allstate Arena. If you already have a game ticket, admission to the reception is $20/person. Children 12 & Under are FREE to the reception but a game ticket must be purchased.
  • Contact Lindsey Rogers 401-865-1909 lrogers2@providence.edu

Providence College Club of New York

  • Session House 1009 2nd Ave New York, NY 10022
  • Contact Mike Hopkins mhopkins8587@gmail.com

How #pcbb Can Boost Their RPI Today 1/29/14

Potential for a decent amount of positive RPI movement with 7 games that could affect PC’s RPI on the slate today.

Per Jerry Palm’s “Palm Reader”:

PC’s RPI is now at 42 (was 43) and here’s how PC can boost their RPI today:

#pcbb Links of the Day 1/29/14

@Friarblog FRIARpod by @ChrisTorello11 #pcbb

https://soundcloud.com/friarbroadcaster/friarpod-friarbroadcaster

New episode of FRIARpod from Chris Torello or FriarBroadcaster as you may know him. Chris discusses the recent winning streak and gives his take on the lack of student support along with a few anecdotes from his experience and sharing his own frustrations about some of the reasons he hears for why students attend/don’t attend games. He also talks about how important the upcoming road trip to Marquette and DePaul is for the Friars.

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@AnonymousEagle – Buzz Williams Needs To Look At The Future #pcbb #mubb

Marquette fans really seem to be down in the dumps. If you mosey over to one of their message boards, you will see and familiar thing to many Friar fans: despair, hopelessness, negative nancies (as cWo would say). There is a lot of questioning of lineups and who is getting what and how many minutes. They seemingly have given up on this season (remember when that was us 3 weeks ago?). This article from the Marquette sports blog Anonymous Eagle discusses some of the current issues and then advises Buzz Williams to give up on this year and start looking to the future. It’s a pretty good read to get an idea of what is going on at Marquette this year and also might serve to give PC fans some perspective that we aren’t the only ones who seem to have issues.

One of my favorite lines from this story is bolded below:

Now Marquette sits at 11-9 overall, and 3-4 in league play. KenPom.com currently predicts Marquette to finish 8-10, although a more positive minded person would point out 1) individual game predictions has MU at nine wins and 2) included in the losses are trips to Seton Hall and St. John’s, both of which you’d like to think that Marquette can find a way to win. A more negative minded person would point out the rampaging dumpster fire that is Marquette’s defense in conference games (106.6 points per 100 possessions) and that the wins include home dates with Providence, Butler, Georgetown, and Xavier. A more neutral minded person would point out that Marquette is nowhere near an NCAA tournament caliber profile and will probably have to run the table in the regular season to earn an at large bid and point at both the positive and negative views for reasons why that’s probably not happening.

http://www.anonymouseagle.com/2014/1/28/5350464/marquette-basketball-buzz-williams-derrick-wilson-thomas-dawson-johnson-burton 

The Forgotten Man: LaDontae Henton @HentonBuckets23 #pcbb

During this exciting 5 game win streak for Providence College, people are now starting to talk about Bryce Cotton more and he has gotten a lot of praise for his stat-line during this win streak, the longest such streak in 10 years at PC. That’s all well and good and I love Ice Cotton as much as the next PC fan (students not included), but one young man is constantly overlooked when having these kinds of discussions and even the wacky off-season message board discussions about potential lineups and minutes for the upcoming season and the like. That young man is none other than LaDontae Henton.

Buckets’ stat-line over this 5 game winning streak has been pretty damn impressive too:

Henton

PPG

RPG

APG

SPG

3 pt %

FT %

MPG

16.2

7.8

2.2

1.2

48

75

39.8

Cotton

PPG

RPG

APG

SPG

3 pt %

FT %

MPG

21.4

3.6

6.8

0.8

29

74

42

Coach Cooley alluded to the fact that he yelled at Henton a lot last week during practice and went on to mention that he was very happy to see him rebound the ball against Xavier. He also put up his first double double since the season opener against Boston College nearly 3 months ago. That’s kind of a shocking thing to see in print because Henton had 20 career double doubles coming into this season in 66 career games. As much as he has been his typical junkyard dog self this season, his game has morphed a bit too. He isn’t pulling down nearly as many rebounds this year (he’s still 5th in the Big East in RPG) which I would think has something to do with playing more time at the 3 position with the additions of Tyler Harris and Carson Desrosiers. But in turn, his 3 point stroke has become a huge weapon for the Friars.

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

3 pt %

39.3%

25.8%

40.3%

Even not looking at the above shooting percentage, the eye test will tell you that Buckets hits big shots. I recall a big 3 against St. John’s to quell a Red Storm run during PC’s sole road win during this recent 5 game stretch. He also seems to have a powerful left handed drive in him to get a crucial bucket late in a game.

Most impressively to me is that Henton’s defense has gotten a ton better this year. I’m not saying you’ll see him win defensive POY or anything but he has bought in more and seems to have a much better feel and understanding for positioning and rotations in his 3rd year under Ed Cooley’s tutelage.

These last 3 weeks have been really run as a Friar fan and I really am happy to see Bryce Cotton garnering more national attention because, frankly, he deserves every bit of it. He should be the Big East POY this year – Doug McDermott or no Doug McDermott. But let’s not forget about Mr. Henton. Let’s not forget about the scrapping and clawing and junkyard dogging that he does for nearly 37 minutes each and every game. He’s a warrior and will have to be THE leader of this Friars squad in 2014-2015. For now though, let’s enjoy this winning streak and hope it continues on the road against Marquette and DePaul. I wouldn’t hate heading up to Providence for Alumni & Family Weekend on February 15th with PC having a chance to win 11 straight games. But, for now, I’ll take Ed Cooley’s approach.

Let’s go 1-0 today.

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