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2017–18 Providence Friars men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Providence Friars men's basketball team represented Providence College in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Friars, led by seventh-year head coach Ed Cooley, played their home games at the Dunkin' Donuts Center as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 21–14, 10–8 in Big East play to finish in a three-way tie for third place. As the No. 5 seed in the Big East Tournament, they defeated Creighton and No. 1-seeded Xavier in back-to-back overtime games to advance to the championship game. In a third straight overtime game, the Friars fell to Villanova in the championship game. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 10 seed in the West region where they lost to Texas A&M in the First Round.[1]

2017–18 Providence Friars men's basketball
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NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceBig East Conference
2017–18 record21–14 (10–8 Big East)
Head coachEd Cooley (7th season)
Assistant coachJeff Battle
Assistant coachBrian Blaney
Assistant coachIvan Thomas
Home arenaDunkin' Donuts Center
Seasons
2017–18 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Xavier 15 3   .833     29 6   .829
No. 2 Villanova 14 4   .778     36 4   .900
Seton Hall 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
Creighton 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Providence 10 8   .556     21 14   .600
Butler 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Marquette 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Georgetown 5 13   .278     15 15   .500
St. John's 4 14   .222     16 17   .485
DePaul 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
2018 Big East Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Friars finished the 2016–17 season 20–13, 10–8 in Big East play to finish in a four-way tie for third place. As the No. 3 seed in the Big East Tournament, they lost in the quarterfinals to Creighton. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed where they lost to USC in the First Four.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Bryan Donovan 2 G 6'0" 180 Freshman Gainesville, FL Transferred to Roger Williams University
Casey Woodring 12 G 6'2" 190 Senior Darien, CT Graduated
Ricky Council II 22 G 6'5" 200 Sophomore Durham, NC Transferred to UMBC
Ryan Fazekas 35 G 6'8" 215 Sophomore Chesterton, IN Transferred to Valparaiso

2017 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Makai Ashton-Langford
PG
Worcester, MA Brewster Academy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 10, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 89
Dajour Dickens
C
Hampton, VA Bethel High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Feb 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Nate Watson
C
Arlington, VA Bishop O'Connell High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sep 10, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2016-08-02.

2018 recruiting classEdit

PreseasonEdit

Prior to the season, Providence was picked to finish fourth in a poll of Big East coaches.[2]

RosterEdit

2017–18 Providence Friars men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
C 0 Nate Watson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Fr Bishop O'Connell High School Arlington, Virginia
G 1 Makai Ashton-Langford 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Brewster Academy Worcester, Massachusetts
G 4 Maliek White 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So George Wythe High School Richmond, Virginia
F 5 Rodney Bullock (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Sr Kecoughtan High School Hampton, Virginia
G 10 Andrew Fonts (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Portsmouth Abbey School Portsmouth, Rhode Island
G 11 Alpha Diallo 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 211 lb (96 kg) So Brewster Academy New York, New York
F 13 Kalif Young 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) So Orangeville Prep Vaughan, Ontario
F 15 Emmitt Holt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Webster Schroeder
Indian Hills CC
Webster, New York
F 21 Jalen Lindsay 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 227 lb (103 kg) Sr Huntington Prep Murfreesboro, Tennessee
G 24 Kyron Cartwright (C) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Compton High School Compton, California
F 25 Drew Edwards 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS So Calvert Hall Perry Hall, Maryland
C 33 Dajour Dickens 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Bethel High School Hampton, Virginia
F 34 Tom Planek (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Fenwick High School Oak Park, Illinois
G 44 Isaiah Jackson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Jr Villages Charter School
George Mason
Gainesville, Florida
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

[3]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Oct 25, 2017*
7:00 pm, Fox Sports Go
vs. Connecticut
ARC disaster relief exhibition
W 90–76 
Mohegan Sun Arena (6,415)
Uncasville, CT
Oct 28, 2017*
4:00 pm
Carleton (ON) L 67–77 
Dunkin' Donuts Center (5,216)
Providence, RI
Nov 4, 2017*
2:00 pm
Baruch W 87–53 
Dunkin' Donuts Center (3,855)
Providence, RI
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:00 pm, FSN
Houston Baptist
2K Sports Classic campus-site game
W 84–55  1–0
Alumni Hall (2,620)
Providence, RI
Nov 13, 2017*
6:30 pm, FS1
No. 14 Minnesota
Gavitt Tipoff Games
L 74–86  1–1
Dunkin' Donuts Center (10,214)
Providence, RI
Nov 16, 2017*
9:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. Washington
2K Sports Classic semifinals
W 77–70  2–1
Madison Square Garden (6,104)
New York City, NY
Nov 17, 2017*
7:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. Saint Louis
2K Sports Classic championship
W 90–63  3–1
Madison Square Garden (6,173)
New York City, NY
Nov 22, 2017*
7:00 pm, FS1
Belmont
2K Sports Classic campus-site game
W 66–65  4–1
Dunkin' Donuts Center (6,857)
Providence, RI
Nov 25, 2017*
8:00 pm, FS1
Boston College W 86–66  5–1
Dunkin' Donuts Center (10,806)
Providence, RI
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 pm, FSN
Rider W 88–84  6–1
Dunkin' Donuts Center (7,255)
Providence, RI
Dec 2, 2017*
5:00 pm, CBSSN
at Rhode Island
Ocean State Cup
L 68–75  6–2
Ryan Center (7,959)
Kingston, RI
Dec 6, 2017*
7:00 pm, FS2
Brown
Ocean State Cup
W 77–72 OT 7–2
Dunkin' Donuts Center (6,087)
Providence, RI
Dec 9, 2017*
3:00 pm, NESN
at Massachusetts L 63–72  7–3
Mullins Center (4,015)
Amherst, MA
Dec 17, 2017*
2:30 pm, FS1
Stony Brook W 62–60  8–3
Dunkin' Donuts Center (5,742)
Providence, RI
Dec 20, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Houston
Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase
L 70–59  8–4
Mohegan Sun Arena (5,518)
Uncasville, CT
Dec 22, 2017*
6:30 pm, FS1
Sacred Heart W 89–75  9–4
Dunkin' Donuts Center (6,452)
Providence, RI
Big East regular season
Dec 28, 2017
7:00 pm, FSN
at St. John's W 94–72  10–4
(1–0)
Carnesecca Arena (5,602)
Queens, NY
Dec 31, 2017
2:30 pm, FS1
at No. 25 Creighton L 64–83  10–5
(1–1)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,768)
Omaha, NE
Jan 3, 2018
6:30 pm, CBSSN
Marquette L 90–95 OT 10–6
(1–2)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (8,375)
Providence, RI
Jan 6, 2018
12:00 noon, FOX
No. 5 Xavier W 81–72  11–6
(2–2)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,630)
Providence, RI
Jan 12, 2018
8:30 pm, FS1
at DePaul W 71–64  12–6
(3–2)
Wintrust Arena (5,354)
Chicago, IL
Jan 15, 2018
4:30 pm, FS1
Butler W 70–60  13–6
(4–2)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,407)
Providence, RI
Jan 20, 2018
3:00 pm, CBSSN
Creighton W 85–71  14–6
(5–2)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,927)
Providence, RI
Jan 23, 2018
6:30 pm, FS1
at No. 1 Villanova L 69–89  14–7
(5–3)
Wells Fargo Center (8,565)
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 31, 2018
7:00 pm, FS1
at Seton Hall L 57–73  14–8
(5–4)
Prudential Center (8,434)
Newark, NJ
Feb 3, 2018
2:30 pm, FS1
at Marquette W 77–75  15–8
(6–4)
BMO Harris Bradley Center (18,958)
Milwaukee, WI
Feb 6, 2018
8:45 pm, FS1
Georgetown W 73–69  16–8
(7–4)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (11,125)
Providence, RI
Feb 10, 2018
4:30 pm, FSN
DePaul L 63–80  16–9
(7–5)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,892)
Providence, RI
Feb 14, 2018
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 3 Villanova W 76–71  17–9
(8–5)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,887)
Providence, RI
Feb 17, 2018
12:00 noon, FOX
at Butler L 54–69  17–10
(8–6)
Hinkle Fieldhouse (9,184)
Indianapolis, IN
Feb 21, 2018
6:30 pm, FS1
Seton HallA L 77–89  17–11
(8–7)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (11,432)
Providence, RI
Feb 24, 2018
12:00 noon, CBSSN
at Georgetown W 74–69  18–11
(9–7)
Capital One Arena (10,681)
Washington, D.C.
Feb 28, 2018
6:30 pm, FS1
at No. 3 Xavier L 74–84  18–12
(9–8)
Cintas Center (10,715)
Cincinnati, OH
Mar 3, 2018
12:00 pm, FSN
St. John's W 61–57  19–12
(10–8)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,627)
Providence, RI
Big East Tournament
Mar 8, 2018
2:30 pm, FS1
(5) vs. (4) Creighton
Quarterfinals
W 72–68 OT 20–12
Madison Square Garden (17,647)
New York City, NY
Mar 9, 2018
6:30 pm, FS1
(5) vs. (1) No. 3 Xavier
Semifinals
W 75–72 OT 21–12
Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York City, NY
Mar 10, 2018
5:30 pm, FOX
(5) vs. (2) No. 2 Villanova
Championship game
L 66–76 OT 21–13
Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York City, NY
NCAA Tournament
Mar 16, 2018*
12:15 pm, CBS
(10 W) vs. (7 W) Texas A&M
First Round
L 69–73  21–14
Spectrum Center (18,489)
Charlotte, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West.
All times are in Eastern Time.
  • ^A Game was suspended with 13:03 left in the 2nd half due to unsafe floor conditions and resumed at noon on February 22 at Alumni Hall. [4]

ReferencesEdit