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See the Matchups: New England Schools in NCAA March Madness

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 

Three teams from New England begin the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday and Friday. The Harvard Crimson, Northeastern Huskies and Providence College Friars are all pumped up in hopes to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Here's their tough matchups at a glance:

#14 Northeastern Huskies vs. #3 Notre Dame Fightin' Irish

Thursday - March 19, 2015 - Time TBD - Pittsburgh, PA - Midwest Region

#14 Northeastern Huskies 

  • Conference: Colonial 
  • Record: 23-11 
  • Ticket-clincher: Northeastern 72, William & Mary 61 in CAA Title Game
  • RPI: 86
  • Strength of Schedule: 180
  • PPG: 68.6
  • Points Allowed: 65.0
  • Leading scorer: S. Eatherton (14.6 PPG) 
  • Assists: D. Walker (3.5 APG)
  • Rebounds: S. Eatherton (6.4 RPG)

 

#3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • Conference: ACC
  • Record: 29-5
  • Ticket-clincher: ACC Tournament Champions
  • RPI: 16
  • Strength of Schedule: 76
  • PPG: 78.8
  • Points Allowed: 65.6
  • Leading scorer: J. Grant (16.8 PPG)
  • Assists: J. Grant (6.6 APG)
  • Rebounds: P. Connaughton (7.4 RPG)

 

 

#13 Harvard Crimson vs. #4 North Carolina Tar Heels

Thursday - March 19, 2015 - Time TBD - Jacksonville, FL - West Region

#14 Harvard Crimson

  • Conference: Ivy League 
  • Record: 22-7 
  • Ticket-clincher: Harvard 53, Yale 51 in Ivy League Championship
  • RPI: 52
  • Strength of Schedule: 137
  • PPG: 64.2
  • Points Allowed: 57.2
  • Leading scorer: Wesley Saunders (16.1 PPG) 
  • Assists: S. Chambers (4.3 APG)
  • Rebounds: S. Moundou-Missi (7.4 RPG)
     

#4 North Carolina Tar Heels

  • Conference: ACC
  • Record: 24-11
  • Ticket-Clincher: At-Large Bid, Strength of Schedule
  • RPI: 11
  • Strength of Schedule: 2
  • PPG: 77.9
  • Points Allowed: 68.4
  • Leading Scorer: M.Paige (13.9 PPG)
  • Assists: M. Paige (4.6 APG)
  • Rebounds: B. Johnson (7.7 RPG)

 

 

#6 Providence College Friars vs #11 Winner Boise State Broncos vs Dayton Flyers (Game Played on Wednesday, March 18 at 9:10 PM)

Friday - March 20, 2015 - Time: TBD - Columbus, OH - East Region

#6 Providence College Friars

  • Conference: Big East
  • Record: 22-11
  • Ticket-clincher: Wins against Notre Dame, Butler, Georgetown
  • RPI: 22
  • Strength of Schedule: 5
  • PPG: 70.2
  • Points Allowed: 65.5
  • Leading scorer: LaDontae Henton (19.7 PPG)
  • Assists: K. Dunn (7.6 APG)
  • Rebounds: L.Henton (6.4 RPG)

 

#11 Dayton Flyers

  • Conference: A10
  • Record: 25-8
  • Ticket-clincher: Wins over VCU, Richmond, and George Mason
  • RPI: 32
  • Strength of Schedule: 93
  • PPG: 68.2
  • Points Allowed: 60.9
  • Leading scorer: J.Sibert (16.5 PPG)
  • Assists: S. Smith (3.8 APG)
  • Rebounds: D. Pierre (8.2 RPG)

 

#11 Boise State Broncos

  • Conference: Mountain West
  • Record: 25-8
  • Ticket-clincher: Wins over San Diego State, Houston
  • RPI: 40
  • Strength of Schedule: 117
  • PPG: 70.8
  • Points Allowed: 60.3
  • Leading scorer: D. Marks (19.3 PPG)
  • Assists:  D. Marks (3.0 APG)
  • Rebounds: J.Webb III (7.9 RPG)
 

Related Slideshow: PC’s Top Post-season Teams

With the Providence College Friars back in the NCAA tournament for a second straight year, GoLocal takes a look back at the top post season teams in Friars history.

From the early days of Lenny Wilkens and Joe Mullaney, to Dave Gavitt's Final Four Friars, to Rick Pitino, Rick Barnes and Pete Gillen-led teams, we've included them all.  

Here is a look at the top postseason teams in Providence College history. 

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1972-73 NCAA Final Four

Led by Ernie DiGregorio, Marvin Barnes and Kevin Stacom, this was Providence's best shot at winning a National Title...until Barnes went down with a knee injury in the semifinals against Memphis State.  An anticipated matchup for the championship with Bill Walton's legendary UCLA Bruins never materialized.  But this team did finish 27-4, and entertained scores of fans across the country...while creating a buzz about PC hoops that still exists today. (rirhof.org)

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1986-87 NCAA Final Four

This wasn't the best Friar team of all time...and probably not the most-talented.  But it was, perhaps, the most magical.  And it did have talent, led by Billy Donovan, Jacek Duda, Dave Kipfer, Ernie "Pop" Lewis and Delray Brooks.   But the best attribute of this team was shooting the three, and believing in themselves.  These Friars finished 25-9, and lost in the National semifinals to Syracuse(realclearsports.com)

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1996-97 NCAA Elite Eight

This Providence team was one of the most-talented teams ever assembled on Smith Hill...but as the legend goes, had a hard time getting along with each other.  Pete Gillen led these Friars to within a missed jump-shot of a berth in the Final Four, but did get into overtime in the Regional Final against eventual national champ Arizona before falling.  God Shammgod, Austin Croshere, Jamel Thomas, Ruben Garces and Derrick "Flight" Brown whipped Duke along the way to a 24-12 record, gaining legendary status, fame, and perhaps near-fortune. (friarbasketball.com)

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1959-60 NIT Finalists

No, this team did not win the NIT...which at the time was considered the TRUE National Championship Tournament.  But it was this team (along with the NIT team in 1959) that helped create the passion for Friar Basketball in Providence, and throughout the state of Rhode Island.  Led by Hall-of-Famer Lenny Wilkens, and head coach Joe Mullaney, PC arrived on national scene as well.  Big man James Hadnot led the Friars in scoring and rebounding. (providence.edu)

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1960-61 NIT Champions

It wasn't the NCAA Championship, but at the time, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) WAS the national championship, and the Friars won it in 1961...defeating St. Louis 62-59 at Madison Square Garden in New York behind Vinny Ernst and James Hadnot.  PC finished 24-5, Hadnot averaged nearly 20 points and more than 16 rebounds per game, while Ernst was a whirling dervish on the floor (look that one up)! (providence.edu)

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1962-63 NIT Champions

There was one more championship team in Providence history, as two years after the first one, the '62-'63 Friars returned to the NIT throne room by winning 15 straight games to finish the season at 24-4.  Former Boston mayor and US Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn led PC in scoring, along with legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson, Jr.  Vinny Ernst was also on this team as a senior, winning two titles in his Providence career. (Flynn & Ernst, providence.edu)

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1993-94 Big East Champion

In the Big East era, it's tough to leave this team off of any list...even though they did not have success in the NCAA Tournament in 1994.  But PC's first Big East title came after a talented team caught fire in the '94 event at the Garden, led by Rob Phelps, Eric Williams, former Central HS and CCRI star Abdul Abdullah, Dickey Simpkins and Michael Smith - one of the best rebounders the league has ever seen.  The Friars finished 20-10, winning the Big East, but lost to Alabama in the NCAA Tournament 1st round. (Williams & Phelps, wordpress.com)

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2013-14 Big East Champion

It's hard to say, when they have yet to prove much on the national stage...but this year's Friar team deserves to be ranked with the best in school history just from the story of their journey(s) alone.  Bryce Cotton came from Arizona without another Division I offer; injury and suspension depleting the roster; two transfer players playing significant roles; Coach and Providence-native Ed Cooley, whose house caught on fire during the year...it goes on and on.  One heck of a ride and a story...and it's still going. (Cotton, twcc.com)

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1964-65 NCAA Reg. Finals

It wasn't known as the "Elite 8" then, but the '64-'65 Friars were certainly one of the best teams in the school's athletic history.  Finishing 24-2 and ranked 4th in the national polls, the Jimmy Walker-led Friars were beaten by Bill Bradley's Princeton team in the NCAA's, just missing out on the Final Four.  Sophomores Walker, Dexter Westbrook and future NY Knick Mike Riordan led this group of Friars, along with James Benedict and Bill Blair.  This team may have been coach Joe Mullaney's most talented. (Westbrook & Walker, friarbasketball.com)

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1973-74 NCAA Sweet 16

Like some of the other great Friar squads of the past, this team ultimately stubbed its' toes in the NCAA's.  But these Friars deserve Top 10 mention as PC's winningest single-season team, finishing 28-4.  On the heels of the Final Four, and behind Marvin Barnes, Kevin Stacom, Bob Cooper and Joe Hassett, they were ranked as high as 6th in the nation before losing to eventual national champ North Carolina State(Gavitt, Barnes, DeGregorio, wordpress.com)

 
 

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