Providence Friars Basketball

The Providence Friars men's basketball team represents Providence College in NCAA Division I competition, in which they are a founding member of the Big East Conference. They play their home games at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Keno Davis has been the head coach of the Friars since the 2008–09 season. The Friars have made two final four appearances in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, in 1973 and 1987. Three former players or coaches are enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame: Dave Gavitt, John Thompson, and Lenny Wilkens. Providence Friars basketball can be traced back to 1921, when the four-year old school fielded its first basketball team on an informal basis. This first team only lasted two years, however, and did not return until the 1926–27 season when Archie Golembeski, the school's football coach, led to the team to a win over St. John's before devoting his time to football the next year. He was replaced by Al McClellan, who coached the team to four New England championships – 1929, 1930, 1932, and 1935 – and had an overall winning percentage over .700. In 1938, McClellan left and was replaced by Ed Crotty, who led the team to a...


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