The Providence Friars are on a roll. 7-2 on the season, the Friars have won four games in a row including an overtime victory over the Boston College Eagles on Tuesday. After taking down the rival Eagles in Chestnut Hill, PC is back in Friartown for a Friday night matchup with another border adversary.
The Friars will host the UMass Minutemen of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Minutemen come into this game with a record of 5-4 on the season. They lost their last game to the Holy Cross Crusaders and have taken two losses in their last three games, with the other L being dealt by the high-powered Nevada Wolf Pack. Their wins this season have come against the UMass Lowell River Hawks, New Hampshire Wildcats, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, Southern Illinois Salukis and Quinnipiac Bobcats.
The man to look out for on UMass is junior Luwane Pipkins . The Chicago native is averaging just a shade under 20 points per game at 19.9 and has a team-high 6.6 assists per game. Pipkins has been the team’s best player all season long so far and Providence will have to keep him in check. UMass does boast a pretty great offense, with hardly any ‘true flaws,’ with good-to-great numbers everywhere. It should be noted that despite the Nevada blowout, their other three losses are by a combined 12 points, losing by three to the Harvard Crimson, five to the Howard Bison and just four to Holy Cross. So don’t let the 5-4 record fool you. UMass has been merely getting burned in one-to-two possession games.
This should be a pretty enticing game to watch. A.J. Reeves, of course, hit the big shot against BC to send the game into OT and could be poised for another standout showing. He and Alpha Diallo have been dynamite thus far and they will be tough for UMass to stifle.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Watch Online: Fox Sports Go