PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence College Friars are embarking on their second-consecutive journey to the NCAA tournament.
The team flew to Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday morning ahead of their first game of the tournament, in which they earned a 6-seed.
Kris Dunn, who has been named Co-Big East player of the year, told Eyewitness News this year’s tournament is “a business trip.” He said the team will enjoy the moment but they have to be ready to get down to business.
Providence College is looking for the team’s first tournament win since 1997.
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Forward LaDontae Henton said a win would “mean everything. That’s what you play for – to win. And that’s what we’re going to Columbus to do and we’re going to face one of two tough opponents, so we have to be ready for it.”
The Friars have been to the NCAA tournament 16 times. The team has made the Final Four twice, four Elite Eights and five Sweet 16s.
This year makes back to back appearances for the Friars, but Coach Ed Cooley told Eyewitness News “We’re trying to work on ourselves. If we continue to get better with ourselves, we’re going to put ourselves in position to have success there. Everybody worries about the opponent. I’m worried about us, clean some things in our game, coaching. Coach your own team, not the other locker room.”
The Friars will play Friday night against Dayton. Boise State threw up a last second desperation three-point shot Wednesday night against the Flyers, that was off the mark. Dayton trailed most of the game, but squeaked by with a 56-55 victory.
Tipoff between #6 PC Friars and #11 Dayton is scheduled for 9:57 p.m.