Friars looking for first tournament win since ’97

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.

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.

NCAA Tournament Central: Schedule, Bracket, Live Streaming >> (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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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.


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