All's Quiet on the Dunkin' Front

By David Scott - January 23, 2007

PROVIDENCE – Hello and welcome to the Dunkin Donuts Center for tonight’s Big East match-up between the host Friars (13-5, 3-2) and the visiting Villanova Wildcats (13-5, 2-3). Both clubs are jockeying for position in the cluttered top portion of the conference. Villanova is one of three, two-league-win teams entering tonight, while Providence is one of four three-league-win teams.

The Dunk is quiet, for the most part, although a few minutes before 6 p.m., the Providence cheerleaders emerged from their locker room and began stretching in front of the Hang Time perch. Mostly girl talk, with one of the cheer ladies explaining her financial situation to the girls stretching around her. It seems her dad will always give her a check on the night she leaves to return to school, but never cash. Interesting.

Two Providence Friars are shooting around and a handful of Wildcats are in their navy blue warm-ups in white shirts and black sweatpants.

. . . Providence game notes.

Villanova game notes

. . . ‘Nova is coming off a huge 76-69 win over then-No. 21 Texas on Saturday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia and could be without senior forward – and scoring leader – Curtis Sumpter for the second straight contest. Sumpter remains day-to-day with a deep bone bruise on his left tibia, but it’s expected he will play tonight. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native suffered the injury in last week’s win over Notre Dame.

. . . Should Sumpter not be able to go, Jay Wright will again turn to sophomore Shane Clark, a Philly native, who is coming off his first career start against Texas. Clark responded with his second career double (11 points and 12 rebounds) along with some excellent defense when matched with Longhorn stud, Kevin Durant.

“All of Philadelphia has been waiting for this and Shane has too,” said Jay Wright. “He is a very good basketball player who has just been bothered by a series of nagging injuries.”

The ‘Cats are 9-1 (.900) this season when the 6-7 swingman contributes nine or more points to the cause.

The product of Cardinal Dougherty High School and Hargrave Military Academy averages 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds a game.

Posted by David Scott at 06:04 PM on January 23, 2007

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