Early September is here and aside from recruiting news, of which Providence has had quite a bit lately, the biggest announcements are league schedules and future November tournaments. The Big East schedule was supposed to come out this week, but that apparently will not happen with the news that it will be bumped until next week. But Jon Rothstein swooped in to provide Providence fans a glimpse at the 2018 schedule by reporting that the Friars, along with Michigan, South Carolina and George Washington, will play in the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic at Mohegan Sun next November.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 6, 2017
The Friars played in this tournament in 2014 when they beat Florida State and Notre Dame to win the event. LaDontae Henton scored a career-high 38 points in the deciding game against the Fighting Irish. Want a fun jaunt down memory lane? Watch that Providence vs Notre Dame game with the John Rooke and Joe Hassett call synced up to the video, courtesy of FriarTV. Hassett brought his “A” game of ref insults:
There were also two games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center as part of the campus site portion of the tournament. This year’s teams are Boston College, LaSalle, Northwestern and Texas Tech in the Naismith bracket — the one the Friars will be in — and Maine, Sacred Heart, Saint Peter’s and South Alabama in the Springfield bracket. The matchups and Springfield bracket participants for the 2018 event are not yet known.
The Friars are playing Houston at Mohegan Sun this season on December 20th as part of the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. Mohegan Sun has been called “Friartown South” as the Friar faithful were a dominant percentage of the crowd back in 2015 and that isn’t expected to change in December 2017 or November 2018. Keep an eye out for the 2017-18 Big East schedule next week and an announcement about a possible Big East marathon.
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