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Providence certainly has momentum in its corner after rolling to a 94-72 victory on Thursday at St. Johns to open Big East play. Creighton coach Greg McDermott said not many teams would have had a chance against Providence the way the Friars played against the Red Storm. “Offensively, they may run more set plays than we do,” McDermott said. “They shot the daylights out of the basketball at St. John’s, made 11 out of 16 3s in the second half. “I’m not sure if they’re playing the Lakers if the Lakers are going to beat them on that night when you shoot it that well. “We’ve got to get to some of those shooters and make sure they don’t get in rhythm.
The first half didn’t start well defensively for the Pirates, which has been a staple of head coach’s Kevin Willard’s programs. The team gave up 53 first-half points and trailed by double-digits. But the tide turned in the second half, led by the upperclassmen of Desi Rodriquez (23 points), Khadeen Carrington (18 points), and Angel Delgado (18 points and 14 rebounds), Seton Hall allowed just 31 points to the Blue Jays and scored a bunch of their own in the comeback win.
Providence is not generally known for their offense, but they made a statement to Creighton in their last two games against Sacred Heart and St. John’s. Creighton will be a bit more of a challenge due to their strong rebounding and ability to score an endless amount of points, but the Friars might just be able to keep up. Providence is shooting a solid 41 percent from three this season and they will need all of that efficiency on Sunday. the Friars showcase a deep bench, but only two players on the roster score over 10 points per contest. Their only threat for a huge game is Rodney Bullock who averages 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.