Providence and Rhode Island basketball to face Big Ten teams

Providence standout Bryce Hopkins brings the ball up court during the game in mid-January against Creighton in Omaha.

A pair of Big Ten opponents have been confirmed for Providence and the University of Rhode Island on their respective 2023-24 men’s basketball schedules. 

The Friars will host Wisconsin as part of the Gavitt Games while the Rams will square off with Northwestern in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun. 

It will be a rematch of sorts for Providence and the Badgers on Tuesday, Nov. 14. They met as part of this event in the 2021-22 season, and the Friars grinded out a 63-58 victory in Madison. The strength of that win and several others in both the nonconference and Big East portions of the schedule helped lift Providence to a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

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The Friars have split a pair of home games and are 2-3 overall in this two-league agreement, which is named after former Providence coach Dave Gavitt. A home victory against Illinois in 2015 marked the inaugural edition. The Friars are 4-1 all-time against Wisconsin, including a 58-57 thriller in the last meeting downtown in 1995. 

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