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Providence Friars unveil 2018-19 schedule

John Rooke
September 13, 2018 - 10:33 pm

At first glance, the new schedule for the Providence Friars looks favorable for a young team with plenty of talent, trying to reach a school-record 6th straight NCAA Tournament.

Upon closer inspection, however, it appears that the Big East, once again, could also be primed to provide a tough-to-handle start to the season for such a young squad.

For the first time in three years, the Friars open the Big East season at home in the Dunkin Donuts Center on December 31st against Creighton.  In fact, they’ll get the chance to play the first two league games at home, with defending National Champion Villanova set to visit on Saturday, January 5th.

Two home games to start, yes.  But against a couple of heavyweight contenders right out of the gate.

The first road test comes next, as PC plays at sleeper-contender Georgetown on January 12th, so the Friars will receive the first of their two “weeks off” very early in the schedule, after only three Big East contests. 

The toughest stretch on the schedule is easy to find.  Providence will play four out of five games away from home over a two-week span, from Sunday, Jan. 20th at Marquette to Saturday, Feb. 2 at DePaul.  In between, at Xavier on Jan. 23, home against DePaul on Jan. 27th and back on the road Jan. 30th at Seton Hall.  

Conversely, the Friars will recoup some of those road miles with three straight home games Feb. 16th (Xavier), Feb. 20th (St. John’s) and Feb. 23rd (Marquette).  The Big East regular season will close with PC playing two of three on the road again, at Butler (Feb. 26), followed by the second “week off” and an 8-day break before playing at Creighton March 6th and finishing with a home game against Butler on March 9th.

PC will have eight weekend home games, and only one “late” tip-off at 8:30 – against St. John’s on Feb. 20th, and five home games will be afternoon contests starting between 12 noon and 4:00 pm.  The Friars will also play two exhibition games at the Dunk on October 19th against the University of Bridgeport and October 27th against Bowie State.

The Big East Tournament will be held March 13-16 at Madison Square Garden in New York for the 37th consecutive year.

Last season, six of the 10 BIG EAST schools – Butler, Creighton, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier – earned NCAA Championship bids and Marquette played in the NIT.  Over the first five years of the 10-team BIG EAST, the league has earned 28 NCAA Tournament invitations.    


2018-19 Providence Friars Basketball Schedule


19 Fri. BRIDGEPORT (exhibition) 7:00 pm

27 Sat. BOWIE STATE (exhibition) 4:00 pm


6 Tues. SIENA 6:30 pm Fox Sports

9 Fri. vs Wichita State (Veterans Classic/Annapolis, Md.) 6 pm CBS Sports Net

13 Tue. HOLY CROSS 7 pm FS2

17 Sat. vs. South Carolina (Hall of Fame Tip Off/Mohegan Sun) 2:30 pm ESPN3

18 Sun. vs. Michigan or George Washington (HOF Tip Off) 1:30/4 pm ESPN

24 Sat. IONA 4 pm FSN



1 Sat. RHODE ISLAND 2:30 or 5 pm FS1

4 Tue. at Boston College 7 pm TBA

7 Fri. UMASS 7 pm FS1


18 Tue. ALBANY 7 pm FSN

21 Fri. at Texas 9 pm ESPN2

31 Mon. CREIGHTON 4 pm FS1



12 Sat. at Georgetown 12 Noon FS1

15 Tue. SETON HALL 6:30 pm FS1

20 Sun. at Marquette Noon CBS Sports

23 Wed. at Xavier 6:30 pm FS1

27 Sun. DePAUL 12 Noon FS1

30 Wed. at Seton Hall 7 pm FSN


2 Sat. at DePaul 2:30 pm FS1

6 Wed. GEORGETOWN 7:30 pm FS1

9 Sat. at St. John’s (at MSG) 12 Noon CBS Sports

13 Wed. at Villanova 6:30 pm FS1

16 Sat. XAVIER 2 pm FOX

20 Wed. ST. JOHN’S 8:30 pm FS1

23 Sat. MARQUETTE 12 Noon FOX

26 Tue. at Butler 7 pm FS1


6 Wed. at Creighton 8 pm CBS Sports

9 Sat. BUTLER 12 Noon Time TBA

13-16 at BIG EAST Championship

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