Opponent Preview: Providence (11/9)


Opponent: Providence Friars
Leauge: Big East Conference
Record: 7-2

Notable Wins: Washington (77-70), Boston College (86-66), Saint Louis (90-63)
Notable Losses: #14 Minnesota (86-74), Rhode Island (75-68)

Team Stats:                     UMass                            Providence
Points Per Game           71.6 (242nd)                  78.9 (Tied-111th)
Rebounds Per Game    35.1 (Tied 228th)          36.2 (Tied-183rd)
Assists Per Game          14.6 (Tied 144th)          14.4 (Tied-152nd)
Points Allowed              69.1 (118th)                    70.7 (Tied-151st)
Starting 5:
Rodney Bullock: #5 Forward 6’8, 225 lbs
15.1 PPG   6.3 RPG   1.4 SPG   40 3P%
Alpha Diallo: #11 Guard, 6’7, 211 lbs
11.0 PPG   5.0 RPG   55.7 FG%
Kyron Cartwright: #24 Guard, 5’11, 185 lbs
10.0 PPG   6.1 APG   3.0 RPG
Jalen Lindsey: #21 Guard, 6’7, 227 lbs
8.3 PPG   3.3 RPG   55.6 3P%
Khalif Young: #13 Forward, 6’9, 255 lbs
6.4 PPG   4.3 RPG   53.7 FG%
Role Players:
Makai Ahston Langford: #1 Guard, 6’3, 185 lbs
7.4 PPG   2.4 RPG   2.4 APG
Malik White: #4 Guard, 6’3, 190 lbs
6.1 PPG   1.6 RPG  52.9 FG%
Nate Watson: #0 Center, 6’10, 260 lbs
7.2 PPG   2.8 RBG  64.1 FG%
The Friars have struggled their past two games with a defeat to URI and a near disaster versus Brown in which they overcame a fifteen point deficit for a comeback victory in overtime. This should provide some optimism as they travel for just their second true test away from home in which their head coach Ed Cooley described as “a tough road game at Umass”. Cooley is one of the best coaches in college basketball and fantastic recruiter, constantly stealing some of Massachusetts’ best talent. Providence returned nearly the entirety of their NCAA tournament team from last year and expect to be in the field of sixty-eight once again this season. The Friars are led by Rodney Bullock, one of the best scorers in the Big East and Kyron Cartwright who may have the slickest handle in all of college basketball. They are accompanied by a physical guard in Alpha Diallo,  sharpshooter Jalen Lindsey and do it all Worcester native, Makai Ashton Langford off the bench. If this game were at Providence, the Minutemen would stand little chance but if they are able to play at their own pace through establishing their defensive intensity similar to last game to build momentum, they might just hang around. Luwane Pipkins must be huge, Rashaan Holloway must improve, and the Minutemen must match the shooting abilities of the Friars from the outside if they are going to pull of the upset victory.

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