Big East Game 9: Seton Hall 81 – Providence 71

-First, I find it to be a necessity that I apologize for my lack of presence on the blog recently, and especially for my laxity in terms of covering my favorite team, the Providence College Friars.  To give you a bit of insight, for the spring semester, I have an internship for 32 hours a week in Providence as well as working 20 hours a week back at URI, on top of finding time to drink until I can’t remember who the girl is that I woke up in the morning next to.  To put it simply, I’m busy as all hell.  So yes, this review is nearly a week late, but at least your getting a review.  Enough about me, let’s get to the game…

-The buzz throughout the community of Friars fans was beginning to grow as PC had just beat #15 Louisville and #7 Villanova in back-to-back games.  I was feeling confident that this team was starting to learn how to play together, and better things would be coming in the near future.  Then, the Friars had to travel to New Jersey to play the Seton Hall Pirates, and we were abruptly reminded that this team is terrible on the road.  For some reason, outside of Providence the Friars just can’t get it done.  I’m sure that youth plays a large role in their road woes, but after 23 games, how much longer can youth and inexperience be used as an excuse?

-Marshon Brooks had arguably his worst game of the season against Seton Hall.  Although Brooks scored 20 points, he was 8-17 from the field, taking many bad shots, and he committed a team high nine turnovers.  Vincent Council wasn’t much better as his struggles continue.  Council was 5-12 from the field, also scoring 20 points, but he had only 5 assists and 4 turnovers.  Gerard Coleman played well in spurts, and you can’t ask for much more than that from a freshman, but he wasn’t overly impressive.  In 30 minutes of play Duke Mondy amassed only 5 points, which isn’t good enough.

-Bilal Dixon filled the stat sheet with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but Dixon’s defense on the low post was pathetic as Seton Hall’s big man Herb Pope gashed the Friars for 23 points, 10 boards, and 4 blocks.  Similarly to Council, Dion has seemed off since Big East play started.  I’m not sure if these kids are feeling overwhelmed, trying to do too much, or other teams are game-planning that well, but they are both not getting it done.

-In order for PC to do anything productive this season, they need to win the games against the teams that they should beat.  So that means games against Seton Hall, South Florida, Rutgers, and DePaul should be wins the majority of the time.

-To add insult to injury, Ricky Ledo withdrew his verbal commitment to PC.

NEXT GAME: Thursday, February 2nd vs. South Florida, 7pm

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