Providence College basketball coach Kim English will make his league debut against Tyler Kolek. Ed Cooley and Rick Pitino will return to the place where they rose to coaching fame and the defending national champions will round out the regular season.
Those were the highlights of the Big East men’s basketball schedule released on Friday morning, as Providence sits barely three months away from opening its 20-game conference slate.
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New Providence coach Kim English will lead the Friars in their Big East opener on Dec. 19 against Marquette.
“This league is special because of the size, the speed, the physicality,” English said during the conference’s online schedule release show. “The guard play is a separator. And the coaching in this league is second to none.”
The Friars will host defending league champion Marquette on Dec. 19 to tip off a three-month run to March. The Golden Eagles captured the regular season title in 2022-23 behind Kolek, a Cumberland native who brought home league Player of The Year honors.
That will double as the first conference game for English at Amica Mutual Pavilion. He’s coming off two years at George Mason and will be expected to keep Providence on its recent run of NCAA Tournament and postseason appearances. Season and student tickets have long since sold out for all 11 home dates — the majority of those were gone by the end of May.
Ed Cooley left Providence to coach at Georgetown after last season, a move that will likely spur a reaction from the Friar Faithful when he leads the Hoyas into the AMP on
Cooley comes back to his home city with Georgetown on Jan. 27. He left the Friars after 12 seasons, seven NCAA bids, a first Sweet 16 in 25 years, the school’s first regular-season title and its second conference tournament title. Cooley’s departure to a conference rival — the first such coaching move in this league — left bitter feelings…
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Publish date : 2023-09-15 20:21:24
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