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Providence's Big East schedule released

September 12, 2017 - 2:58 pm

By John Rooke

When you are expected to be a contender, you can’t expect to receive any favors from anyone – including the schedule-maker.

But all in all, as the 2017-18 Big East men’s basketball schedule was released Tuesday by the conference, Providence fared about as well as any of the preseason contenders.

Of note, the Friars will open with two road games, on Dec. 28th against St. John’s (at Carnesecca Arena) and will spend New Years’ Eve afternoon in Omaha, NE playing Creighton.  Scheduling conflicts with the Dunkin Donuts Center at this time of the calendar year typically deal the Friars a tough hand, starting on the road.

Four of the first seven Big East games, however, are at home – including back-to-back games with Marquette and Xavier, and a 3rd home game with Butler on January 15th. 

There is one three-game road trip – playing at Villanova (1/23 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia), at Seton Hall (1/31) and at Marquette (the final season for the Bradley Center) on the day before Super Sunday (2/3).  There is also a three-game Big East homestand, featuring Georgetown (2/6), DePaul (2/10) and Villanova (2/14) on Valentine Day Night. 

The Friars will wind up the Big East schedule with back-to-back road games at Georgetown and Xavier, and go into the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden with a home game against St. John’s on March 3rd.

The Big East Tournament begins March 7th, with quarterfinals on March 8th and the semi’s March 9th.  The championship game, televised nationally on Fox, is scheduled for 6:30 pm ET on March 10th.  Last season, the Big East sent seven of its’ 10 schools to the NCAA Tournament – including a 4th straight appearance for the Friars.

All Providence games will once again broadcast on 103.7 WEEI-FM, produced by Learfield, beginning with the season opener November 10th against Houston Baptist. 

Providence Big East schedule

12/28 @ St. John’s (Carnesecca) 7p

12/31 @ Creighton                             230p

1/3     vs Marquette                              630p

1/6     vs Xavier                                        12N

1/12  @ DePaul                                     830p

1/15  vs Butler                                        430p

1/20  vs Creighton                               3p

1/23  @ Villanova                                630p

1/31  @ Seton Hall                              7p

2/3   @ Marquette                               230p

2/6   vs Georgetown                            830p

2/10 vs DePaul                                       4p

2/14 vs Villanova                                  7p

2/17 @ Butler                                        12N

2/21 vs Seton Hall                                630p

2/24 @ Georgetown                          12N

2/28 @ Xavier                                        630p

3/3   vs St. John’s                                  TBD