Providence announced their 2019-20 non-conference schedule on Thursday a “Friarflix” video. The Friars will open the regular season November 5 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center against Sacred Heart, and non-league play will finish at home on December 21 against Texas. The final count of non-conference games is 13 with 7 at home, 2 on the road and 4 on neutral courts.
The Friars return to the Gavitt Tip Off Games after being included the first 3 years of the series and getting last season off. Providence will travel to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats on November 13th for a good early-season test against the Big 10 opponent that, despite their horrendous 13-19 record, finished 74th at Kenpom.com. Providence finished 79th last season.
Another intra-league event starts this season with the Big East and Big 12 announcing the creation of a scheduling series running for 4 seasons from 2019-20 through 2022-23 that will feature 10 games per season in December between the two leagues that each, conveniently, feature 10 schools. Providence will get Texas back to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on December 21st for the first time since the infamous ending in January 2004. The Friars and Longhorns actually entered into a home-and-home series prior to the Big East and Big 12 arrangement, so this game in 2019-20 amount to the return game in that earlier series.
Providence will play three neutral court games as part of the bracketed portion of the Wooden Legacy tournament being played November 28th (Thanksgiving) through December 1st in Anaheim, CA. The first round matchup in Anaheim hasn’t been announced yet. The other teams competing in the Wooden Legacy are Arizona, UCF, Wake Forest, Pennsylvania, Pepperdine, College of Charleston and Long Beach State. A fourth neutral court game will be played in New York City against Florida in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Game on December 17th. An announcement with more details about the event, including the arena the game will be played in, is expected in the next couple of weeks.
The schedule also features the annual matchup against in-state rival URI being played at the Ryan Center this season. Other local schools Boston College and UMass are absent this season after deals with those schools were not renewed.
Here’s the full non-conference schedule (note you can subscribe to the pcbb1917.com calendar at that link to get all games and other Friar hoops events, like Ed Cooley radio show dates, on your phone’s calendar):
|11/5/19||Tues||TBD||Sacred Heart||Dunkin' Donuts Center||TBD|
|11/9/19||Sat||TBD||NJIT||Dunkin' Donuts Center||TBD|
|11/16/19||Sat||TBD||Saint Peter's||Dunkin' Donuts Center||TBD|
|11/19/19||Tues||TBD||Merrimack||Dunkin' Donuts Center||TBD|
|11/23/19||Sat||TBD||Pennsylvania^||Dunkin' Donuts Center||TBD|
|11/28/19||Thurs||2:00 PM||Long Beach State^||Anaheim Arena||ESPNU|
|11/29/19||Fri||TBD||Wake Forest/College of Charleston^||Anaheim Arena||TBD|
|12/1/19||Sat||TBD||Wooden Legacy^||Anaheim Arena||TBD|
|12/6/19||Fri||TBD||Rhode Island||Ryan Center||TBD|
|12/14/19||Sat||TBD||Stony Brook||Dunkin' Donuts Center||TBD|
|12/21/19||Sat||TBD||Texas||Dunkin' Donuts Center||TBD|
- Merrimack (0-0)
- NJIT (2-0)
- Pennsylvania (6-3)
- Sacred Heart (5-0)
- Saint Peter’s (3-1)
- Stony Brook (2-0)
- Texas (3-3)
- Northwestern (2-0)
- Rhode Island (74-55)
- Florida (0-4)
Record next to school is Providence’s all-time record against that school
Stay tuned for a breakdown of each opponent Providence will face prior to Big East play.