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 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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Jon Rothsein is reporting that the Providence Friars are heading back to the Mohegan Sun Arena in nearby Uncasville, CT for a neutral site matchup against the Houston Cougars on December 20th. Providence last played at Mohegan Sun in the 2014-15 season as part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff. The Friars defeated Florida State and Notre Dame to take home the trophy. This game, which Rothstein reported is likely to be part of a double-header, will just be a neutral site game and not part of a tournament. The Friars are playing in the 2017 2K Classic in November. It’s unclear if the deal will include a game or games at Providence and/or Houston.
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The Big East Tournament got underway on Wednesday night and Providence’s quarterfinal matchup against Creighton at Madison Square Garden takes place later this evening. No coach likes to look ahead even a game but Providence fans can look all the way ahead to November 2017 beginning today. Fans now have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the 2017 2K Classic Championship Round that will feature the Friars as one of four headlining teams.
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The Big East released their conference slate on Tuesday and they will have a second straight year with no true 5-game marathon on December 31st. Instead, the Big East will have a marathon of games on Martin Luther King, Jr Day on January 16th, the league announced on Monday afternoon. This is likely to avoid competing with the college football playoff that currently dominates viewership on New Year’s Eve. The NBA does have some marquee matchups on MLK Day in 2016-17, however.
The schedule also includes year 2 of the annual Gavitt Tipoff Games against foes from the Big Ten, which Providence will compete in on the road at Ohio State after taking on Illinois at home last season. All 90 league games will again be on national television with 9 games will be played on FOX, in addition to 3 non-league games featuring Big East teams being played on the broadcast network. The league’s deal with CBS continues with 2 games being played on CBS and 18 on CBS Sports Network with 15 of those 18 being league contests. Providence opens on the road for the second straight season when they will travel to the Cintas Center to take on the Xavier Musketeers. The Friars will welcome the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on February 1st and PC will look for their first ever road win at Marquette on January 28th, among some notable contests. Here is Providence’s 2016-17 Big East schedule:
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The Big East has said they will release the full conference schedule on Tuesday, but the league announced a bit of a teaser on Monday afternoon. The league will hold their Big East marathon on Martin Luther King, Jr Day this season. The news was reported ahead of the announcement by Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. The marathon will involve all 10 teams being in action with the first game tipping at 12pm EST and the final matchup getting started at 9pm. The Big East has had some memorable MLK Day matchups, especially in 2011 when a doubleheader featured games between top 10 teams with #5 Pittsburgh beating #3 Syracuse and #8 UConn taking down #7 Villanova. All five games on January 16th will be televised on FS1.
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The Labor Day Weekend is a time for people to hit the beach or lake or [insert other fun summer activity here] one last time before saying goodbye to summer and hello to the school year. The students are back on campus in Friartown after a weekend that is meant to be relaxing and slow-paced, but there was plenty of Providence hoops news that broke over the last few days before the start of classes.
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