Since the 1950s, Providence College basketball has been one of the great story lines in all of college sports, a New England version of the cinematic Hoosiers.
This tale flat-lined for too many years. But make no mistake: the Friars are back to the future, playing a marquee game tonight at Madison Square Garden, where the PC hoop legend really began all those years ago, in the early 1960s, with the National Invitational Tournament, when that post-season playoff at the Garden overshadowed the NCAA’s tournament.
The excitement in these parts around Providence College basketball is back, arguably for the first time since the late 1990s. The Friar hoopsters are in the Big East semi-finals for the first time since 1997 by virtue of yesterday’s 79-74 win over St. John’s.
PC was able to withstand a furious run at the end by St. John’s to win on what is virtually the St. John’s home court at Madison Square Garden. This has been a remarkable team coached by Ed Cooley that has overcome all sorts of obstacles, including the loss of crucial players and injuries.
The Providence College basketball team, in their biggest win of the season, have defeated St. Johns's in the Big East tournament at the Madison Square Garden. The victory sets up a showdown tomorrow in the Big East against Seton Hall, which won an in an upset over Villanova. If the Friars defeat Seton Hall, they will very likely be headed to the NCAA basketball tournament for the first time in years.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week Chuck Hinman fills in for Dave, he and Mark talk with Dean of Providence College's School of Business, Dr. Sylvia Maxfield. They discuss efforts to pump life into the state's economy, such as the Make It Happen project, and what needs to be done to improve Rhode Island's business climate.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
Some of you younger people may think we are in the middle of a snowy winter here in Rhode Island.
Those of a certain age know better. Thirty –six years ago today, on Feb. 6, 1978, the sky opened with snow that didn’t stop for more than 24 hours. Providence received two feet of the white stuff in the first 24 hours and more than 4 feet blanketed Woonsocket.
Providence College says it is following up with students cited for loud parties in the neighborhood around the college.
Providence police have started putting orange stickers on houses that repeatedly cause problems. PC President Rev. Brian Shanley says the college reviews police reports and considers whether students involved in the parties should be disciplined.
"If students are involved with off campus activities that are detrimental, we bring them in and we talk about it, so we are not laissez-faire about this at all," Shanley said.
Did we say the talk was cancelled? We should have said postponed.
That was the message from Providence College Provost Hugh Lena, who sent an email to the college community on Wednesday. The note says the college is working to reschedule same-sex marriage supporter John Corvino of Wayne State University, who has agreed to appear alongside same-sex marriage opponent Sherif Girgis, a doctoral student and law student from Princeton.
Providence College has cancelled a lecture by a Wayne State University philosophy professor who supports same sex marriage. The decision was founded on a belief that Catholic colleges should present both sides of a debate on controversial issues.