It’s been ten years since the Friars have heard their name on Selection Sunday, but the wait was well worth it.
Providence (23-11) earned an 11 seed in the East Region and will travel to San Antonio to take on sixth-seeded North Carolina on Friday.
The Friars captured its first Big East Tournament Championship in 20 years, defeating Creighton 65-58 on Saturday night. Bryce Cotton earned the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. In addition, LaDontae Henton was named to the All-Tournament team.
Cotton was a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection this season, finishing second in scoring (21.4 ppg) behind Big East Player of the Year Doug McDermott (26.9 ppg). Cotton also finished first in the Big East in assists, averaging 5.8 per game.
Kadeem Batts was also a key contributor, earning Second Team All-Conference accolades in his senior campaign. He averaged 12.4 points per game and was fourth in the league with 7.6 rebounds per game.
The Tar Heels (23-9) finished fourth in the ACC in the regular season and lost in the quarterfinals of their conference tournament to Pittsburgh. North Carolina is led by sophomore point guard Marcus Paige, who averaged a team-high 17.4 points and 4.3 assists per game.
To become an elite program you have to beat elite programs. This is a great opportunity for the Friars, who are as confident as they’ve been all season.