The Providence Friars and head coach Ed Cooley released their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season on Friday and it’s headlined by the Virgin Island Paradise Jam.
The Friars have an interesting opening-game matchup with Vanderbilt before facing a remaining field of teams that includes Northern Iowa, Loyola Marymount, Marist, Maryland, Morgan State and LaSalle.
Providence will also open the season at home on November 8th, with a home game against Boston College in an early-season matchup of regional non-conference high-majors.
Kentucky also shows up on the schedule as a matchup at Barclays Center looms on December 1st and is followed up by a road matchup with Rhode Island on December 5th.
Ending the non-conference portion of the schedule will be a matchup at UMass as well on December 28th.
The Friars have some talent and this early season non-conference schedule should test them a bit.
With the return of Big East scoring champion and first team Big East performer — senior guard Bryce Cotton — Providence has some scoring punch.
Here is the non-conference schedule for Providence:
NOVEMBER8 Fri. BOSTON COLLEGE 6:00 p.m.13 Wed. BROWN 7:00 p.m.16 Sat. MARIST TBA18 Mon. VERMONT 7:00 p.m.22 Fri. vs. Vanderbilt ^ 6:30 p.m.23 Sat. vs. TBA ^ TBA24 Sun. vs. TBA ^ TBA25 Mon. vs. TBA ^ TBA29 Fri. FAIRFIELD TBADECEMBER1 Sun. vs. Kentucky (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.) 8:00 p.m.5 Thur. at Rhode Island TBA17 Tue. YALE 7:00 p.m.21 Sat. MAINE TBA28 Sat. at UMass TBAALL GAMES ARE EASTERN TIME AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE^ – Virgin Island Paradise Jam at St. Thomas, Virgin Island