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Providence v Creighton - Preview

Creighton won in a blowout in Omaha. Can the Friars get sweet, sweet revenge?

NCAA Basketball: Providence at Creighton Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

How to Watch, Stream, Listen, Follow

Game Time: 2:00pm CT

Location: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI

TV: CBS Sports Network

Stream: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 1620AM the Zone in Omaha / 103.7FM WEEI in Providence

Other Blogs:

White & Blue Review / Bluejay Banter - Creighton

PCBB 1917 - Providence

Tweeters:

Creighton - Rob Anderson / Creighton MBB / Tom Nemitz / “Patrick Marshall” / Matt DeMarinis / Corey Lathrop / Jon Nyatawa

Providence - Mike Hopkins / Chris Grenham / Kevin McNamara / Brendan McGair / Friar Faithful / Daniel James


Odds & Ends

Providence is favored by 1 point according to Odds Shark.

Over/under set at 153.

Kenpom has Creighton winning this game 78-75 with a 59% chance to win.


What Happened and What’s Changed

When Kyron Cartwright re-injured his foot in the first game against Creighton, it sunk the Friars pretty quick. In just 22 minutes of action the clear leader of this Friars squad managed to score only two points. Freshman big man Nate Watson was about the only bright spot, scoring 20 points and having his way down low.

On the other side, Marcus Foster cashed in 18 points on 7-14 shooting. TOBY! Hegner and Ronnie Harrell also added their mark to the game, combining for 23 points and 11 boards.

The Jays got off to a fast start and never really took their foot off the gas pedal for the entirety of the game, with their largest lead coming with about 1:30 left in the game, leading 82-59.

Since this game, Providence lost to Marquette after succumbing to Markus Howard’s 52 point performance. Then, as Cooley’s teams typically do, the Friars pulled off three straight victories against top dog Xavier, at Depaul, and at home against Butler. All things point to the Friars hitting a decent stretch run of good play, though an injury to Maliek White may hamper the Friars tonight.

Creighton beat St. John’s, Butler, and Seton Hall at home, Georgetown on the road, and got crushed by Xavier at the Cintas Center. In their win against Seton Hall, the Jays lost their key man down low in Martin Krampelj to a torn ACL, leaving the Jays without a proven scoring and rebounding option in the post.

Providence:

C - Nate Watson - Freshman - 6’10 / 260lbs - 7.5PPG / 2.5RPG

PF - Rodney Bullock - Senior - 6’8 / 225lbs - 16.3PPG / 6.8RPG

SF - Jalen Lindsey - Senior - 6’7 / 227lbs - 9.5PPG / 4RPG

SG - Alpha Diallo - Sophomore - 6’7 / 211lbs - 11.3PPG / 5.7RPG

PG - Kyron Cartwright - Senior - 5’11 / 185lbs - 11.1PPG / 2.3:1 AST/TO

Creighton:

C - TOBY! Hegner - Senior - 6’10 / 240lb - 8.4PPG / 55%FG

PF - Ronnie Harrell Jr - Junior - 6’7 / 200lbs - 8.1PPG / 54%FG / 2/1 AST/TO

SF - Khyri Thomas - Junior - 6’3 / 210lb - 14PPG / 1.3SPG

SG - Marcus Foster - Senior - 6’3 / 205lb - 19.2PPG / 3.1RPG

PG - Davion Mintz - Sophomore - 6’3 / 180lb - 5.6PPG / 3.3/1 AST/TO


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