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.
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.
- ICYMI – 2016-17 Big East Schedule is Out, Friars Open on the Road for Second Straight Season
- ICYMI – Big East Announces MLK Day Hoops Marathon for 2016-17 Season
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – Big East schedule released, Friars open with two road games
- WEEI.com – John Rooke – Providence to Open Big East at Xavier
- NCAA.com – Joe Boozell – Big East basketball schedule: Five games to watch in 2016-17
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – With NCAA pulling tourney out of NC, the Dunk hopes to offer a new home
- BigEastCoastBias.com – Chris Novak – Introducing the Providence All-Half Decade Team Ballot
Providence released their non-conference slate for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday. The schedule includes a game at Ohio State as part of the annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, a matchup with Memphis with either Virginia or Iowa next as part of the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic and the traditional in-state rivalry game with the Rhode Island Rams. Most of the rest of the schedule features the typical buy-games and soft opponents. 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):
Year 1 of the Gavitt Games saw the Big East and the Big Ten split the 8 games, 4-4. Villanova, Providence, St. John’s and Xavier beat their Big Ten foes, while DePaul, Georgetown, Creighton and Marquette dropped their games. Providence’s game against Illinois in the inaugural Gavitt Games was their most-watched non-conference game on Fox Sports 1 last season and came in 6th overall of their 18 games that aired that network in the 2015-16 campaign. Year 2 matchups have been leaked thanks to tweets from CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein. You can see all the matchups here. For now, I’m going to take a quick look at Providence’s matchup at Ohio State.
Providence is playing in the Emerald Coast Classic in 2016. That news broke back in July. The news out Tuesday is the who Providence may face while in the tournament next season. The headlining acts for the tournament that is run by Global Sports are Iowa, Memphis, Providence and Virginia. The other teams announced in the 2016 field are the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Savannah State and St. Francis (Brooklyn). There is one more team that has yet to be finalized.
- ICYMI – Providence Recruiting Update: In-Home Visits & Visits to Friartown
- ICYMI – 2015-16 Big East Season to Open on December 30th and 31st; TV Marathon Moved to January 2nd
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – PC Friars opening Big East slate at Butler; all 32 games on national TV
- WEEI.com – John Rooke – Providence Basketball to Open Big East Schedule at Butler