Big East Game 13: DePaul 79 – Providence 76

-There is one word that can be used to describe Thursday night’s loss to the DePaul Blue Demons: Unacceptable.

-By now I’m sure that you’ve all heard about the variety of losing streaks that were broken against the Friars on Thursday night.  To be honest, I don’t really care.  What really is aggravating me is how poor of a display of the game of basketball that was presented in that game.  Turnovers were happening at an unbelievable pace.  Airballs were being thrown up every other possession.  Players were flopping.  Shots were being blocked into the first row of seats.  It was so ugly that I needed 6 Guinness’ just to be able to sit through the whole thing.  I can’t say that I was shocked, as I had mentioned in a previous review that the Friars often play to the level of their opponent, whether good or bad.  That being said, I don’t care if you play poorly, but come on PC, DePaul is a team that you NEED to beat.

-Does is astound you as much as it baffles me that nearly every single game that the Friars play, a player on the opposing team has a “career night” or a career high in points?  It is seriously becoming sickening.  Do they overplay the opposing team’s best players that much, or are they just that terrible on defense?

-Marshon Brooks and Gerard Coleman started Thursday’s game on the bench.  That was expected from Coleman considering that he missed the UConn game and the last week of practice due to academic issues.  Brooks on the other hand came as a bit of a shock.  It can be seen as a good thing that Davis isn’t hesitant to discipline his best player if necessary.  But, if the alleged “team leader” needs to be disciplined, Davis may be losing control of him team.  Hopefully, this is where the disciplinary issues end.

-As Scottie loved to remind me over the past week, Vincent Council was a combined 0-20 in his last two games.  Council stepped up his play against the Blue Demons, putting in 12 points on 5-11 shooting, adding 4 rebounds and 2 assists.  Council played his best down the stretch, connecting on a nice runner and a huge three within the last couple of minutes.  But, Council had four turnovers, and continued to over penetrate and have nothing to do with the ball.  As of my last check, Council is the leading assist man in the Big East, but he has nearly 90 turnovers on the season.  Again, Council needs to play smarter basketball.

-Bilal Dixon, stay off of the court, you disgust me.  Kadeem Batts, keep battling buddy, but when Marshon makes a great dump down pass to you within the last minute, please just flush it home!

-Duke Mondy is playing good basketball.  Mondy had an underwhelming performance against UConn after getting the start for the suspended Coleman.  Mondy rebounded nicely against DePaul scoring 17 points and accompanying that with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.  Mondy also had 5 turnovers, but that’s somewhat acceptable when you contribute in so many other ways.

-Marshon, keep doing your thing.  But, all of this pouting that you do every game isn’t helping anyone out, especially the young guys.  Man up and take a loss like a man, even if it hurts as much as this one.

NEXT GAME: Saturday, February 19th vs. Cincinnati, 7pm

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