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Friars Lose: (14) Minnesota 86, Providence 74

1H 2H Final Score
(14) Minnesota 36 50 86
Providence 39 35 74

Stat Leaders

Points Rebounds Assists
Minnesota Murphy: 23 Murphy: 14 Murphy/McBrayer:2
Providence Cartwright: 12 Bullock: 6 Cartwright: 9

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Providence to Host Minnesota in Third Annual Gavitt Tipoff Games

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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Thoughts from the Road: Friars Drop First Road Game at Ohio State

This Thoughts from the Road is the first Couch Edition of the season. While nothing replaces being at a game in person, watching on TV definitely gives a different perspective, some good and some bad (looking at you, Seth Davis).

  • In my preview of this game I wrote about how Providence needed to get off to a fast start on the road. That didn’t exactly happen. Neither team showed fluid offense early and there were quite a few whistles, including two early fouls on Emmitt Holt.

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Thoughts from the Road: Friars Impress in Opener

  • First, I want to say how great it felt to be back at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for another season of Providence basketball. It was nice to see some familiar faces and talk hoops with people I only see at the Dunk.
  • As for the game, I was pleasantly surprised by how good Providence looked in their season opener with a lot of new players, both on the roster and in different roles.

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Friars Win: Illinois 59, Providence 60

Final Score
Illinois  59
Providence 60


Leading Scorer Leading Rebound
Illinois Coleman-Lands: 17  Hill: 11
Providence Bentil: 18 Bentil: 12


  • Providence did not have a great overall game from Kris Dunn but he made some big plays down the stretch.
  • Ben Bentil carried a lot of the scoring load and had a double-double
  • Kyron Cartwright had a nice first half. He injured his knee in the second half and went to the locker room for a short stint but returned to the game.
  • Jalen Lindsey dressed for the game and got some action off the bench after missing the opener for a violation of team policy.
  • Friars return to action Saturday against Brown at the Dunk.

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