The Providence Friars head to Asheville, NC Monday to open the Maui Invitational, which is staying named the Maui Invitational despite not being played in Maui, against the Indiana Hoosiers.
Both teams come into the contest at 1-0 following season-opening blowouts. Providence picked up a 97-56 win over Fairfield, while Indiana won 89-59 against Tennessee Tech.
Based on this, what do we know about these teams? Not a whole ton! Sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Jackson-Davis came into the year on the Preseason Naismith Trophy Watch List and was named a Second Team All-American by CBS Sports. Jackson-Davis rebounds, blocks shots, and scores at a high rate of efficiency near the basket. The Friars will have to try and slow him down if they want to hang with Indiana.
Fittingly, the guy who will likely be tasked with trying to stop Jackson-Davis was Providence’s leading scorer in their season opening win over Fairfield. Nate Watson recorded a career-high 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the victory. Watson split time down low with Kalif Young for the past two seasons, but Watson won the starting job midway through last season, and Young graduated over the summer. So the center position firmly belongs to Nate Watson now. Watson (23), David Duke (18), and AJ Reeves (14) accounted for 56% of Providence’s points in the 97-56 victory, and it will likely be that trio of scorers that leads the way for the Friars throughout the season.
Time and Date: Monday, November 30, 2:30 #T
Records: Providence (1-0) | Indiana (1-0)
Rankings: Providence (#46 KenPom) | Indiana (#25 KenPom)
TV Channel: ESPN2
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Indiana -1.5