Sacred Heart Was "Victim of an Offensive Explosion" as Providence Wins 111-87

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Sacred Heart Was

Is it possible to have two coming out parties within 48 hours of each other?  If you are Marshon Brooks, sure why not?

Two days after scoring a career high 18 points against Dartmouth, Marshon Brooks had one of the best shooting nights for a Friar in a long time, going 11-15 from the field and 5-8 behind the arc, on his way to 30 points.  More impressively, Brooks came off the bench, and only played 23 minutes.  The sophomore guard was incredibley efficient in his limited time, putting together an amazing 90 percent eFG percentage.

Hot shooting was the name of the game for the Friars.  The team finally found its stroke from behind the new three-point line, connecting on 13 threes (at 43 percent).   After a 1-10 shooting start, Providence went 40-64 (60.6 percent) for the rest of the game.

Let’s take a gander at the FOUR FACTORS!

Stats by StatSheet.com

“This game was statistically over in the 2nd half with 8:23 left to go.”

As you can see from the chart, the Friars had their best game to date in the eFG% and turnover percentage department.  As expected, PC was able to force a lot of turnovers thanks to 15 steals (five by Marshon Brooks). 

More importantly, the Friars posted their lowest turnover total of the season with 13—much better than their opening game of 21 turnovers, on 20 LESS possesions.  It’s hard to turn over the ball…WHEN IT’S RAINING THREES.

The rebounding differential was very surprising given both teams’ games so far in the season.  Sacred Heart won the battle on the glass 42-38, and even had the offensive rebound advantage of 17-15.

“We definitely played the best offensively but we got out-rebounded by Sacred Heart. Coach wasn’t too happy about that, that makes him mad. We are in the Big East and they just out rebounded us, we didn’t feel too good about that. Other than we played pretty well,” said Marshon Brooks after the game.

For the third straight game, Providence allowed their opponent to operate with an efficiency of over 100.  I’m gonna give the Friars a pass here, because the game was practically (and STATISTICALLY) over with about eight minutes remaining and the Pioneers scored a lot of garbage points.  It’s obviously still a concern though, considering every opponent has over 100 so far.

Stats by StatSheet.com

 

LET’S SERVE SOME PASTA!

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Marshon Brooks - Career High 30 F*cking points!  Sacred Heart or no Sacred Heart.  THAT is how you DEBATE!

Sharaud Curry - Welcome to the 2008-09 season Sharaud! Good to see him start to return to form.

Geoff McDermott - Second straight double-double against Sacred Heart.  11 points and 13 boards.

Chauncy Hardy - one of the few good shooting nights from SHU

Joey Henley - The A.C Slater of 2008 (he plays football and track too) couldn’t stay out of foul trouble, but had a great game while he was in.

Randall Hanke

Brian McKenzie

Uh, hey guys, why no double digit scoring??? Sorry, it’s hard to find fault in a blowout, and I am a tough critic.

 

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE INTERWEBS

Friars.com Recap

StatSheet.com BOXSCORE - THE best boxscores in town

Boring AP Article - It’s about 5 sentences

Projo.com Quick Recap - K to the Mac

Projo.com Full Recap - K to the Mac II

Connecticut Post Recap - Sometimes I feel sorry for the other team’s writeup in a severe blowout.  Oh wait, no I don’t.

 

OVERALL

Even though they are playing inferior opponents, it’s exciting to see this team put together a game like this.  They’ve done exactly what I’ve been hoping for in the games leading up to Anaheim… improving everything steadily.  In games when they shoot like this, they will be pretty hard to stop (regardless of how their defense performs).  I’m really excited to see if Marshon can continue his excellent play heading into the tournament to get some national exposure!

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