Following a difficult 1-2 run through the ‘Maui Invitational,’ the Providence Friars are back home. The Friars take on the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights on Sunday in Friartown, aiming to return back to their winning ways. This will be the second home game for the Friars, who opened up the year at Alumni Hall with a 96-57 win over Fairfield.
The Knights are 0-3 as they head into this matchup. They’ve played Quinnipiac, Rutgers and Hofstra thus far and lost by double digits in all three matchups. They scored as many as 75 points and as little as 58, as their offense has struggled to get it going. Greg Herenda’s club has been poorish on both ends of the floor, as there are few things they can hang their hats on right now. Offensively, they’ve been adequate at grabbing offensive rebounds, and on defense they’ve held somewhat firm at defending the 3-point shot and limiting trips to the FT line. Other than that, it’s difficult to find some positives.
Providence’s offense has been solid by the numbers, but they’ve hit some droughts far too often. 3-point shooting is still a difficult area for this team. They’ve shot just 23.6 percent from the perimeter, which ranks 250th in the country as of now. Their eFG% is at just 47.2 percent, nearly two percentage points below the nation’s average of 49.1 percent. Their primary area of scoring though is inside, as they’ve shot 52.5 percent on 2-point attempts. FDU has allowed 58.3 percent of attempts inside to be made, so I’d look for the Friars to try and exploit that weakness.
This game will be as much about getting right for Providence as it will be finding some confidence. It’ll be intriguing to see how the Friars come out in this one. In all likelihood though, this should be a comfortable win for PC.
How to Watch
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
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