Marcos Santos-Silva, right, a native of Taunton, Mass., who formerly played for VCU, is expected to have a homecoming of sorts in December when his current team, Texas Tech, visits the Dunkin' Donuts Center for a game against Providence College.

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.