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Providence hosts Texas Saturday afternoon

The Friars close out nonconference play with a Big 12 opponent

NCAA Basketball: Siena at Providence Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The nonconference season has been nothing short of a disaster for the Providence Friars. They enter Saturday’s game against Texas at 6-6, and would be under .500 to start conference play for the first time in at least 18 years if they can’t take down the Longhorns at home.

The biggest issue for the Friars has been consistency. They just can’t seem to string together success. Even in victories of late, the Friars have looked shaky. They beat Pepperdine by three points and Stony Brook by four, despite having 14 point leads in the second halves of both games. The offense goes cold for long stretches at a time, and it spells disaster for Providence.

Despite all this, Texas is a beatable opponent for Providence. The Longhorns come into the game at 9-1 (with their lone loss coming against Georgetown. They beat Purdue in West Lafayette in the first week of the season, but aside from that they’ve feasted on cupcakes.

Providence is probably already in a situation where it will take a herculean effort in Big East play to make the NCAA Tournament, but this could, at the very least, get the Friars in the right mindset.


How to watch or stream

Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

Streaming: FOX Sports Go