The Providence Friars will be heading out to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts for their second rivalry tilt in three days. After taking down the Rhode Island Rams on Saturday, the Friars now turn their attention to the Boston College Eagles.
The Friars and Eagles have faced off with each other at least once every season since at least the 1957-58 season, per Sports-Reference. In that time period, Providence has taken 54 of the 94 matchups, but the squads have traded off wins in the last seven meetings. You will technically see a BC win in the 2010-11 season, but that was the endpoint of a three-game win streak in the series. Providence hasn’t won two in a row in this series since 2006-07.
Two of the best scorers in the respective conferences will be on display in this game. Alpha Diallo of Providence has been on a tear so far, averaging 17 points per game, which puts him ninth among all Big East players so far. Ky Bowman, meanwhile, has been superb so far. Bowman has averaged 19.4 points per game, 3rd-best in the ACC as of writing behind RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson of the Duke Blue Devils. Which ain’t bad company.
These two teams are pretty evenly matched as they head into this game. The Friars are 6-2, and sit 64th on KenPom as of now. BC, meanwhile, is 6-1 and 73rd on KenPom. Providence’s Adjusted Offensive and Defensive Efficiency numbers stand at 97th and 57th, while BC’s are at 92nd and 69th. BC’s defensive numbers have been stronger in some categories but they aren’t forcing TO’s at a high rate, and Providence has them beat in that category.
Tune in for what should be a fun matchup this evening. And, hey, don’t adjust your sets. This is an ESPN(2) game.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Watch Online: WatchESPN