Providence will do far more than acquire aspect in this season’s version of the Massive East-Huge 12 Struggle.
The Friars will be on the ground for the opening match of the showdown between two of college basketball’s power conferences. Providence will host Texas Tech on Dec. 1 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Centre, the first of 10 video games in an 18-day span.
The Crimson Raiders grew into a person of the sport’s marquee manufacturers above the past four seasons, reaching the Elite 8 in 2017-18 and the nationwide title game the pursuing time. Texas Tech fell in an time beyond regulation classic from Virginia, stopping a initial championship in program historical past from coming to Lubbock. The Red Raiders boasted a top-20 protection in each and every of the final 4 seasons and concluded 1st in KenPom.com adjusted defense two many years ago, allowing just 84.1 points per 100 belongings.
The Friars improved to 2- in this party many thanks to a 79-70 victory at TCU very last period. Providence hosted Texas in the initially version and dished out a 70-48 spanking to the Longhorns. The lone earlier assembly among the Friars and Texas Tech occurred in the 1977-78 period, as Providence slipped to a 53-52 acquire at the Rainbow Typical.
Chris Beard departed for his alma mater in the offseason, replacing new Marquette mentor Shaka Clever at Texas. Assistant mentor Mark Adams was elevated to the best job with the Red Raiders. He is a previous junior college national winner and Texas Tech alum. Adams promptly tried to settle a roster that endured a host of transfers and moves to the expert ranks.
Former VCU standout Marcus Santos-Silva, a native of Taunton, Mass., will appreciate a homecoming of types when the Purple Raiders visit Providence. Texas Tech shut 18-11 in general final season and attained the Round of 32 in the NCAA Event. Arkansas eradicated the Red Raiders in a 68-66 grinder, element of a run by the Razorbacks to the Elite Eight.
The Friars continue to solidify their nonconference schedule with this announcement. Providence will host the University of Rhode Island afterwards that 7 days on Dec. 4 and is envisioned to choose element in the Gavitt Games, a matchup between the Significant East and Major Ten. The Friars, Cavaliers, Georgia and Northwestern make up the discipline for the Legends Vintage Nov. 22 and 23 at the Prudential Middle in Newark.
The two major online games in the Significant East-Huge 12 collection will be performed four days apart.
Connecticut visits West Virginia on Dec. 8 in a assembly of recent and former Big East courses, as Dan Hurley bangs heads with Bob Huggins.
Villanova visits defending countrywide winner Baylor on Dec. 12, a matchup that could attribute a pair of prime-5 teams in the nationwide polls.
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Massive East-Big 12 Battle
Dec. 1 — Texas Tech at Providence
Dec. 2 — Kansas at St. John’s
Dec. 4 — Iowa State at Creighton
Dec. 5 — Xavier at Oklahoma State
Dec. 7 — Butler at Oklahoma
Dec. 8 — Connecticut at West Virginia
Dec. 8 — Marquette at Kansas State
Dec. 9 — Texas at Seton Hall
Dec. 12 — Villanova at Baylor
Dec. 18 — TCU at Georgetown