Friday, January 16, 2009
Big game tomorrow! Providence is playing quite well thus far (3-1 in Big East play), and being that our only conference road game has been Rutgers, I think that this will be a very good indicator at how good this team really is. I personally like our chances. It goes without saying that all conference road games are tough, but Providence is built similarly to Mu in that they are guard heavy and have a "smallish" go to forward in Geoff McDermott. So I think overall we match up well in that I would take James, McNeal, Matthews and Hayward over Efejuku, Curry, and McDermott. Two things concern me however: 1) How will the 1 week layoff affect how we come out and play? Will there be signs of rust? Being that it's a road game, it would be-who us not to build a large deficit early. In fact, I think that in order to win we need to have a fast start and keep the crowd out of it as much as possible. 2) Is everyone healthy? Whatever McMorrow and Hayward had must have been passed to the others, because according to Rosiak 3-4 other players missed practice due to illness throughout the week. This could become an issue due to our lack of depth. If everyone is healthy, and we keep our rustiness at a minimum I predict a 77-71 victory. Our defensive tandem of James/Mcneal should really limit what Curry and Efejuku do offensively. McDermott will play well as he usually does against us, but it won't be enough. James has another great road game.