Big East Game 12: Connecticut 75 – Providence 57

-Very late is better than never…or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

-Gerard Coleman was held out of this game apparently for some academic issues.  From what was reported through Coleman’s friend that plats for the Huskies, Gerard was having some trouble staying awake in class.  I don’t see the issue here.  Isn’t is a good thing that Coleman was actually in class?  I can not even remember how many classes were missed by URI basketball players when I was in there with them.  But then again, it is URI so no one really cares…

-Connecticut is one of the few teams in the Big East that Providence always plays well.  They had beaten UConn something like four of the last five times.  I was expecting another close game, hoping that PC would have enough fire power to pull out the upset.  Sadly, I was mistaken.

-The Friars played UConn tough throughout the first half, but not having Gerard Coleman, and seeing Kadeem Batts and Bilal Dixon play only 26 combined minutes proved too much for PC to overcome.  Duke Mondy was forced into the starting lineup and didn’t play like he was ready for that spot.  Freshman Bryce Cotton essentially took Mondy’s spot as the 6th man and responded well by scoring 10 points and grabbing 4 boards (3 offensive) off of the bench.  Marshon tried to carry the team, but it wasn’t happening in Storrs.

-Teams like UConn, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh present virtually insurmountable challenges for the Friars.  First off, they bring in big-time scorers off of the bench.  UConn’s Jamal Coombs-McDaniel (Gerard Coleman’s high school teammate) came off the bench for the Huskies to add 25 points and 8 rebounds.  Secondly, they have size that Providence can’t compete with.  UConn starts three players that are 6’8” of taller, and brings in three more off of the bench.  Providence starts two guys that are 6’8”, one usually has two fouls within the first five minutes, and then 6’5” Marshon Brooks is forced into playing the four.  Size kills in the Big East, and the Friars are witnessing that first hand.

-NEXT GAME: Thursday, February 17th vs. Depaul, 9pm

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