The Providence Friars are back in action on Sunday afternoon in the second go-around of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Final. Uncasville, Connecticut will play host to a matchup between the Friars and the Michigan Wolverines.
These two teams won their first matchups on Saturday. Providence defeated Chris Silva and the South Carolina Gamecocks, while the Wolverines took down the George Washington Colonials. Providence’s performance was a little more concerning than Michigan’s, as they only defeated the Gamecocks by 11 points. They shot the ball not so well, going 30.8 percent from 3 and just 41.9 percent inside. They were primarily aided by a strong showing at the free throw line, where they hit 82.4 percent of their FT attempts. 20 points from David Duke and 17 points and nine boards from Alpha Diallo aided the Friars big time, as well.
Michigan, meanwhile, trounced George Washington 84-61. It’s the fourth time this season that they’ve held a team to under 65 points. They, of course, whooped the Villanova Wildcats 73-46 earlier in the week, so Big East fans already know what this team’s all about. Charles Matthews has been sensational to start the year, averaging 18.5 points per game. He scored 25 in the win over GWU and could hardly miss, going 10-of-13 from the field. Zavier Simpson has also been tremendous, and was terrific as well against the Colonials, scoring 14, grabbing 11 boards, and dished out eight assists. Getting near triple-doubles is pretty good, we think.
It would be an obviously impressive win for Providence if they defeated Michigan. But it won’t be easy by a longshot. Michigan’s defense has been elite to start the season, so Diallo, Duke, A.J. Reeves & Co. will absolutely have their hands full in this matchup at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
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Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
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