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.
Providence’s non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 season was released on Thursday and the season will start with a rare occurrence: Providence playing a regular season game at Mullaney Gymnasium at Alumni Hall. Providence opens the season on November 10th and they will play their first non-exhibition game on campus since 1972. The schedule also includes a game against Minnesota as part of the third annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, a game against Houston at Mohegan Sun and the traditional in-state rivalry game with the Rhode Island Rams on the first Saturday of December. Stay tuned to the site for a full analysis and breakdown of each of Providence’s non-conference opponents.
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):
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.
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.