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Providence Releases Non-Conference Schedule

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The road to a sixth straight NCAA tournament appearance will come with significant challenges for the 2018-19 Friars. Ed Cooley graduated three of his top four scorers this spring, and a talented cast of returnees will need to be ready early against a challenging non-conference schedule.

Providence released its 2018-19 non-conference schedule on Tuesday. The highlights include:

  • Nov. 6 vs. Siena: Providence opens at home against a rebuilding Siena team. The Saints finished 8-24 last season under Jimmy Patsos and hired Jamion Christian away from Mount St. Mary’s in May. Christian reached the NCAA tournament twice while at Mount St. Mary’s.
  • Nov. 9 vs. Wichita State at the Veteran’s Classic: PC will travel to Annapolis to take on a Wichita team looking to replace a lot of its firepower.
  • Nov. 17 vs. South Carolina: The Friars return to Mohegan Sun in November, where they’ll first take on South Carolina and then face a potential matchup against either Michigan or George Washington in a neutral court game that will have a homecourt setting for PC. South Carolina big man Chris Silva will be one the best players in the SEC, if not the country. Michigan is coming off of its second national title appearance in the past six years.
  • Nov. 24 vs. Iona: The Gaels won’t be intimidated when they come to the Dunk. They’ve reached the NCAA tournament six times since 2012, including the past three seasons. Tim Cluess is one the best coaches in the country, winning 20+ games in all eight of his years at Iona after finally getting his D1 break.
  • Dec. 1 vs. URI: Dan Hurley is gone, but plenty of talent remains. Last season Rhode Island defeated Ed Cooley for the first time since he became head coach at PC in 2011.
  • Dec. 4 at Boston College: The Eagles took a big hit when junior Jerome Robinson declared for the NBA Draft. He could crack the first round. Still, talent remains. Ky Bowman will be an All ACC guard, Jordan Chatman connected on nearly 90 3s, and incoming freshman Jairus Hamilton is the school’s first top 100 recruit in 15 years.
  • Dec. 18 vs. Albany: Albany has won 20+ games three seasons in a row.
  • Dec. 21 at Texas: Providence and Texas agreed to a home-and-home series this spring, setting up a potential RPI-boosting road game next year, and a marquee game in Providence in 2019-20.

See the full schedule and release from the school here: http://www.friars.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/061218aab.html 

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