Preview: Providence

Marquette hosts the Friars on Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center.

The Providence Friars 2010-11 men's basketball season has not been defined on a national stage by great team achievements. Instead, it has been glorified by the record-breaking performances by their senior guard Marshon Brooks.

Brooks recently just broke the record for most points in one game, putting up 52 against Notre Dame in a losing effort for his team. On the season, Brooks has averaged 25.4 points per contest, upping that in conference play to 27.4. Brooks has scored the already mentioned 52, and also 43 against Georgetown. He has scored at least 20 points in all but four games this year. In the month of February alone, Brooks is averaging 33.1 points per game for Keno Davis' Friars.

Davis is in his third year coaching the Friars, landing the job after coaching Drake to a 28-5 record in the 2007-08 season. Since getting to Providence, few signs of improvement have been shown. After winning 19 games in his first year, the Friars won 12 games last season, and they're currently at 14 this year.

That doesn't mean the Friars are not capable, however. In late January, Providence knocked off then No. 15 Louisville by 5 and followed it up with a 15 point drubbing of then No. 7 Villanova.

Sophomore guard Vincent Council is leading Providence in assists (6.2 per game), along with 4.4 rebounds per game. His scoring hasn't been solid but inconsistent. He is scoring 13.2 points per game while shooting 35 percent from the field.

Freshman guard Gerald Coleman is next in scoring for Providence with 10 points on the dot per game. Guard Duke Mondy and 6'8'' forward Kadeem Batts both average over seven points for the Friars. PC's other prominent big man, Bilal Dixon, is averaging six points per contest. Dixon and Batts are the team's leading rebounders, with 6.4 and 5.8 boards per game, respectively.

The Friars enter Sunday's contest on a rough five game losing streak, losing to Georgetown, UConn, even DePaul, Cincinnati, and Notre Dame. Prior to that skid, they had won three-of-four in conference, with victories against Louisville, Villanova, and South Florida.

The Friars have been awful defensively during the losing streak, giving up 83, 75, 79, 93, and 94 points in their last five. That looks to be something Marquette can feast on, as they are second in the Big East in scoring offense.

Probable Starters:



Marquette

Darius Johnson-Odom: 16 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apg

Dwight Buycks: 10 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.1 apg

Jimmy Butler: 15.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.2 apg

Jae Crowder: 12.8 ppg, 7 rpg, 1.7 apg

Chris Otule: 5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.1 apg



Providence

Marshon Brooks: 25.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg

Vincent Council: 13.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.2 rpg

Gerald Coleman: 10 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 rpg

Kadeem Batts: 7.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.6 apg

Bilal Dixon: 6.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.3 apg


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