COLUMBUS, Ohio (WPRI) — The Providence College men’s basketball team hasn’t won a game in the NCAA Tournament since they reached the Elite Eight in 1997, but they’ll be looking to change that Friday night.
The 6-seed Friars, led by Co-Big East Player of the Year Kris Dunn and All-Big East forward LaDontae Henton, will take on the Dayton Flyers in Columbus.
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Dayton earned an 11-seed after edging Boise State 56-55 in their play-in game Wednesday night. Dayton knocked URI out of the A-10 Tournament last week, but fell to VCU in the conference championship.
It’s the first time since 1990 that PC has been in the tournament for consecutive years. Last year, they fell to the University of North Carolina 79-77 in the second round despite a strong comeback in the second half.
The Friars entered the tournament with a 22-11 record on the year, going 11-7 in Big East play.
The team has posted a 7-8 record this season against teams in the tournament: Albany (1-0), Butler (1-1), Georgetown (2-0), Kentucky (0-1), Notre Dame (1-0), St. John’s (1-2), Villanova (0-3) and Xavier (1-1).
Albany, Butler, Georgetown, Kentucky, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Villanova, and Xavier.
This marks Providence’s 17th NCAA Tournament appearance. They have a 14-17 record in tournament play, with two trips to the Final Four (1973 and 1987) and four appearances in the Elite Eight (1965, 1973, 1987, and 1997).
Tipoff is scheduled for 9:57 p.m. Friday. The winner will go on to play the winner of 3-seed Oklahoma vs. 14-seed Albany.