I know, I know. It’s June 1st. There are 284 days — but who’s counting — until Selection Sunday for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. And I’m sure that if you asked Joe Lunardi if he wants to be putting out a June 1st bracket he’d say he’s just happy he didn’t get laid off by ESPN. Moving right along…
Providence found their way into Lunardi’s June 1st field as a 9-seed in the East region facing off against Oregon in Charlotte, NC.
I’m not sure there’s any sense in actually providing analysis or commentary on this other than to inform you that on June 1, 2017 — 40 weeks and 4 days until Selection Sunday — ESPN’s resident bracketologist, Joe Lunardi, believes Providence is deserving of an at-large bid as a 9-seed. To give a little context on where that would fit Providence on the Seed List, a 9-seed means the Friars are somewhere in the range of 33-36 overall.
The Friars return all five starters from last season’s team that garnered an 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament and Ed Cooley also has every major bench contributor from that squad back minus Ryan Fazekas. Add in a healthy Drew Edwards and incoming freshmen Makai Ashton-Langford, Dajour Dickens and Nate Watson and the expectations should be high for the 2017-18 Providence Friars. Lunardi previously had Providence as an 11-seed in his two April 2017 brackets after the national championship game, so the Friars are moving up Lunardi’s board. Providence non-conference opponents Minnesota (4-seed), Rhode Island (11-seed) and Belmont (13-seed) also make appearances. Virginia Tech, a potential matchup in the 2K Classic for the Friars, is in as an 8-seed. In terms of other Big East schools, Lunardi has a total of six schools in from the league: Villanova (2-seed), Xavier (5-seed), Butler (5-seed), Seton Hall (6-seed), Creighton (9-seed) and Providence (9-seed).
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