The matchups for the bracketed portion of the 2017 2K Classic were announced via a release on Monday with Providence facing off against Washington and Virginia Tech and Saint Louis filling out the other half of the bracket. The Friars will also play Houston Baptist and Belmont in the campus site portion of the 2K Classic with the Houston Baptist game opening Providence’s season on campus at Alumni Hall due to a scheduling conflict at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars game against Washington will be the later game at Madison Square Garden on November 16th. The Virginia Tech/Saint Louis game tips at 7pm. Both games will be on ESPN2 that night.
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Washington was a very different team when they were first announced as one of the four headlining teams for the 2017 2K Classic. Lorenzo Romar was the head coach and he had the commitments of #1 ranked recruit in 2017 Michael Porter, Jr. and his top-20 brother Jontay in the 2018 class. Romar was fired in March and the Porter family, including Michael Porter, Sr. who was an assistant on Romar’s staff, took their talents to Missouri. Washington hired long-time Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as Romar’s replacement and Hopkins managed to retain many of Romar’s talented players, as well as add a pair of players for next season that Providence was recruiting in Hameir Wright and Nahziah Carter. The Huskies are coming off a 9-win season despite having Markelle Fultz who was taken #1 overall in this spring’s NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
The best case scenario for Providence’s schedule would be for the Friars to defeat Washington and face Virginia Tech in the championship game. Buzz Williams’ squad is on the upswing and getting a good ACC team on a neutral court would do wonders for Providence’s NCAA Tournament resume, not to mention it would be an excellent early-season challenge for a veteran Providence team that will likely start four seniors. To see Providence’s full non-conference schedule, click here. Tickets for the 2017 2K Classic games at MSG are available at Ticketmaster.com.
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