Providence basketball announces 2016 non-league slate

May 31, 2016 - 12:53 pm

The 2016-17 Providence Friars won't have Kris Dunn or Ben Bentil, but they will have a challenging non-conference slate before heading into Big East play for the New Year. The school on Tuesday announced the team's non-Big East schedule, which will be highlighted by games against ACC, Big Ten and Atlantic-10 rivals, plus an early-season tournament appearance at the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida. The Friars will open their 2016-17 non-conference season on Nov. 14 at home against Vermont from America East. Providence then will play at Ohio State in the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Nov. 17.  The Friars will return home for two games with Grambling (Nov. 19) and Brooklyn's St. Francis (Nov. 21), which are part of the Emerald Coast Classic. Providence then will play its final two games of the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida, against traditional power Memphis of the American Athletic Conference (Nov. 25) and then either Iowa or Virginia on Nov. 26. The hectic start to the season will give the Friars six games to play in a span of 13 days. Providence's next game at the Dunkin' Donuts Center will come Nov. 30 when the Friars host New Hampshire. The game against UNH will be the first of six consecutive home games for the Friars at the Dunk. After hosting arch-rival Rhode Island on Dec. 3, Providence will play Brown on Dec. 6, UMass on Dec. 10, Wagner on Dec. 17 and Maine on Dec. 20, all at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Friars will close out their non-conference season with a road game at ACC rival Boston College on Dec. 23. The Big East conference schedule, which has tipped off the past three seasons on or around New Year's Eve, will be released at a later date. PROVIDENCE 2016-17 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE All games broadcast on WEEI 103.7 FM Nov. 14, home vs. Vermont Nov. 17, at Ohio State (Gavitt Tipoff Games) Nov. 19, home vs. Grambling (Emerald Coast Classic) Nov. 21, home vs. St. Francis (Brooklyn) (Emerald Coast Classic) Nov. 25, vs. Memphis (Emerald Coast Classic at Destin, Fla.) 9:30 p.m. Nov. 26, vs. Iowa/Virginia (Emerald Coast Classic at Destin, Fla.) 4 or 7 p.m. Nov. 30, home vs. New Hampshire Dec. 3, home vs. Rhode Island Dec. 6, home vs. Brown Dec. 10, home vs. UMass Dec. 17, home vs. Wagner Dec. 20, home vs. Maine Dec. 23, at Boston College