Charlotte vs. Providence: Full Game Preview

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Charlotte vs. Providence: Full Game Preview
Charlotte
(21-11, 6-7 away)
Providence
(17-14, 13-6 home)
Venue: Dunkin' Donuts Center
7:15PM ET / 4:15PM PT, March 20, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Charlotte C Braswell 11.9 W Clayton 6.3 P Henry 3.7
Providence B Cotton 19.4 L Henton 8.4 V Council 6.9

No. 4-seeded Providence battles No. 5-seeded Charlotte in the first round of the NIT at Dunkin' Donuts Center on Wednesday. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN3.com. The Friars last played the 49ers on Nov. 28, 2008 and won 67-62.

The Friars were defeated by Cincinnati 61-44 on Mar. 13 despite 14 points and eight rebounds from Kadeem Batts. He is putting up 15.1 points per game while also averaging 7.4 rebounds per game. For the 49ers, Chris Braswell put up 20 points and 10 rebounds in the 72-55 loss to Saint Louis on Mar. 15. With 11.9 points per game and 0.7 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. From a tempo-free perspective, Charlotte is strong in free throw rate at 45.3. This is good enough for first in the conference and 11th in the nation.

Charlotte StatSmack

  • Providence is better at defending the three (28.8 percent allowed vs. 33.8 percent allowed) than Charlotte this season.
  • The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (1.57) and Pittsburgh (1.54) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the A-10 leader, Temple (1.36).
  • The Big East has a conference RPI that is better than the A-10 (No. 3 vs. No. 7).
  • The Providence assist leader (Vincent Council, 145 assists) has more assists than the Charlotte assist leader (Pierra Henry, 109 assists).
  • The worst team in the Big East has a higher RPI than the worst team in the A-10 (No. 203 vs. No. 220).
  • The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (17.3) and Pittsburgh (16.7) - that average more assists per game than the A-10 leader, Virginia Commonwealth (15.0).
  • The Big East has a stronger schedule this year compared to the A-10 (No. 3 vs. No. 7).
  • The Providence basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Charlotte (80 percent vs. 67 percent).
  • Providence is a better three-point shooting team (31.4 percent vs. 26.7 percent) than Charlotte this season.
  • The Big East has had 45 more NCAA Tournament teams than the A-10 over the past 10 years.
CHAR Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Pierra Henry 33 10 5 4 3 1 3
B Chris Braswell 24 12 5 1 1 1 2
B- Willie Clayton 22 8 6 0 0 1 2
C+ D. Mayfield 26 12 4 2 1 0 2
C T. Williams 23 8 4 2 1 0 2
C Darion Clark 19 7 5 1 0 1 2
C Denzel Ingram 24 6 1 1 1 0 1
C E. Nickerson 22 6 2 1 1 0 1
C- J.T. Thompson 15 4 3 1 0 0 0
D+ Ivan Benkovic 9 3 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Thorne 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Colby Lewis 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
PC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Bryce Cotton 38 20 4 3 1 0 2
B Vincent Council 33 10 3 7 1 0 3
B Kadeem Batts 32 15 7 1 1 1 2
B LaDontae Henton 35 13 8 1 1 1 2
C+ Kris Dunn 27 5 4 3 1 0 2
C Josh Fortune 25 6 3 2 1 0 1
C Sidiki Johnson 15 4 5 0 1 1 1
D+ Brice Kofane 13 1 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Lee Goldsbrough 12 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Ted Bancroft 9 1 2 0 1 0 1
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