Providence to Host Minnesota in Third Annual Gavitt Tipoff Games

Providence’s non-conference schedule continues to come together. Jon Rothstein reported that the Friars will host Minnesota as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

This will be the third season of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, which pits Big East teams against Big Ten teams for eight games each season with four games being played at a Big East school and the other four at a Big Ten school. The games are all played on consecutive days during each season’s first week of play. The series is currently set to run through 2022. Providence beat Illinois at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center — on Dave Gavitt Court — in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games in 2015 and lost at Ohio State last season in Columbus.

Minnesota is coached by Providence alumnus Richard Pitino. Pitino, who recently signed a contract extension, was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year after his Golden Gophers team won 24 games, including 11 Big Ten wins which was the most league wins Minnesota has had since 1990. Minnesota was a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament but fell to 12-seed Middle Tennessee. The Golden Gophers return 11 players from last season’s team and have top-60 point guard Isaiah Washington and 3-star combo guard Jamir Harris coming in as freshmen for 2017-18. Expect to see Minnesota ranked in the Top 25 when this game tips off.
The campus site matchups for the 2017 2K Classic were just announced a few days ago, so those two games against Houston Baptist and Belmont, respectively, bring the total number of known non-conference matchups to 10. The Friars will also face in-state rivals Brown and Rhode Island and regional rivals Boston College and Massachusetts.
Here’s the updated list of known non-conference games:

  • Houston Baptist at home – November 10th
  • Minnesota at home (Gavitt Tipoff Games)
  • Two of Saint Louis/Virginia Tech/Washington at MSG – November 16th and 17th
  • Belmont at home – November 22nd
  • Houston at Mohegan Sun Arena – December 20th
  • Rhode Island at the Ryan Center
  • Brown at home
  • Massachusetts at the Mullins Center
  • Boston College at home

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Providence’s Campus Site Matchups for 2017 2K Classic Announced

Providence will open their 2017-18 season against Houston Baptist on November 10th as part of the campus site portion of the 2017 2K Classic, per a release. The Friars will also face Belmont on November 22nd at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center as part of this event that will benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Providence is joined by Saint Louis, Virginia Tech and Washington as the four headline teams that will face-off at Madison Square Garden on November 16th and 17th in the Championship Round. Those matchups have yet to be announced.

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Annual Big East Meetings Underway in Florida

The Big East conference is holding their annual offseason meetings in Ponte Vedra, FL this week. The meetings will be lead by Big East commissioner Val Ackerman and will include “planning sessions with the ten-member school’s athletic directors, senior woman administrators, and men’s and women’s basketball head coaches,” according to a release sent out by the league. The meetings began on Monday and the agenda items include:

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Providence’s Academic Progress Rate Continues Upward Trend

The NCAA released the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) data on Wednesday and, once again, the Providence men’s basketball team saw their multi-year rate trending up. Since the arrival of Ed Cooley in the spring of 2011 the multi-year APR has increased after a dip following Cooley’s first season due largely to transfers. From a nadir of 915 following the 2011-12 season, Providence’s APR has skyrocketed to a high of 984 for the 2015-16 season, the latest year data is available. That marks the best multi-year APR in school history.
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2018 Cole Swider Cut His List After the April Live Periods

2018 wing Cole Swider announced that he has cut his list to 8 schools on Wednesday. Creighton, Indiana, Miami, Michigan, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova and Xavier made the cut. Swider, who was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Rhode Island recently for his play at St. Andrew’s in Barrington, has decided to trim some of the multitude of offers he has received to a more manageable number shortly after the end of the second live recruiting period of April. During those two weekends in April, Swider ran with BABC on the Nike EYBL circuit in Hampton, VA and then Indianapolis, IN.

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Rodney Bullock to Withdraw from NBA Draft and Return to Providence

Providence junior Rodney Bullock put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters at the end of March. On Monday, Jon Rothstein reported that Bullock will return to Providence for his senior season. Bullock became the first Providence player who took advantage of the new rule allowing players to declare for the NBA Draft without an agent and then return to school. Ben Bentil declared for the 2016 draft without an agent but eventually opted to sign with one and keep his name in past the deadline to return. Bentil was drafted 51st overall in 2016 by the Boston Celtics.

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Providence Recruiting Guide to the Second April 2017 Live Evaluation Period

The second and final live recruiting period of April is here to close out the live evaluation periods until July. Providence’s coaches were at all of the major shoe company events last weekend between Hampton, VA, Dallas, TX and NYC. Week two of the Nike EYBL will be in Indianapolis and they are joined in Indy by Under Armour’s Association. The adidas Gauntlet series heads to Atlanta this weekend.

As I traditionally do each spring and summer, I’ll be providing a guide for fans to follow along and see where Providence’s targets are playing during a given live evaluation period. This post will be updated as the weekend goes on and more information is known. The name of the assistant next to the player’s name indicates who the lead assistant is for that player and does not necessarily mean that coach will be at that event Continue reading Providence Recruiting Guide to the Second April 2017 Live Evaluation Period

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