We’re live from MSG! It’s 2017 Big East Media Day and it feels like college basketball is right around the corner. Providence is being represnted by Ed Cooley, Kyron Cartwright, Rodney Bullock, Alpha Diallo and Kalif Young. I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with news, notes and quotes, so stay tuned. You should also follow along on Twitter and Instagram.
The 2017-18 Big East schedule was released on Tuesday and the Friars will open league play on the road for the third straight season. Each and every one of the 90 Big East league games will be on national television with at least 17 games will be played on FOX. Last year there were 12 games on FOX. The Big East also has a deal with CBS to televise games. At least 2 games will be on CBS while at least 18 contests will be shown on CBS Sports Network. That’s the same as last season with CBS and CBSSN.
Here is Providence’s 2017-18 Big East schedule:
I know, I know. It’s June 1st. There are 284 days — but who’s counting — until Selection Sunday for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. And I’m sure that if you asked Joe Lunardi if he wants to be putting out a June 1st bracket he’d say he’s just happy he didn’t get laid off by ESPN. Moving right along…
Providence found their way into Lunardi’s June 1st field as a 9-seed in the East region facing off against Oregon in Charlotte, NC.
It’s May 25th. The NBA Draft declaration dust has officially settled, as of 11:59pm last night, and it’s time to take an early look at the Big East conference for the 2017-18 season. There are 170 days between now and the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season on Friday, November 10th. So, yes, there could still be roster changes that impact next season, but we now know which key players are going pro and which key players are returning to school.
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.
Providence will host Minnesota in the 2017 Gavitt Games, per a source. #pcbb
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 20, 2017
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 junior Rodney Bullock put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters at the end of March. On Monday, Jon Rothstein reported that Bullock will return to Providence for his senior season. Bullock became the first Providence player who took advantage of the new rule allowing players to declare for the NBA Draft without an agent and then return to school. Ben Bentil declared for the 2016 draft without an agent but eventually opted to sign with one and keep his name in past the deadline to return. Bentil was drafted 51st overall in 2016 by the Boston Celtics.
Providence junior Rodney Bullock will put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters, ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman tweeted. Bullock is taking advantage of the rule change made in January 2016 that allow college players to enter the NBA Draft multiple times and still maintain their eligibility to return to school as long as they don’t hire an agent. Goodman’s tweet indicates Bullock is not going to sign with an agent.