Shaq, Doris Burke Help Providence College Kick Off Basketball Season With Late Night Madness

Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I – The 2016-17 Providence College Late Night Madness celebration was a spectacular event and a fun-filled evening for all in attendance.  Former Friar and ESPN/ABC analyst Doris Burke ’87 served as the emcee of the event. The night closed with Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal DJing a dance party for the Friar Fanatics.

The doors opened at 6:45 p.m. with fans pouring into Alumni Hall.  More than 3,000 Friar fans jammed into Mullaney Gym to see the Friars hit the court.  By 7:00 p.m., the capacity crowd cheered on the cheerleaders and the dance team as they performed.  At 8:00 p.m., the women’s basketball team and Head Jim Crowley were introduced by Doris Burke.

The fans were treated to a festive atmosphere as the men’s basketball team was introduced at 8:15 p.m. by Doris Burke.  After the team and Head Coach Ed Cooley were introduced the team performed layups and held a three-point shooting contest.

At 9 p.m. it was time for DJ Diesel, a.k.a Shaq to bring the house down with a tremendous performance that the students danced to for 45 minutes.

Fans can catch up with the men’s team in action on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. as the team plays Carleton Universtiy in an exhibition game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  Fans can purchase tickets online at or by calling the Providence College Ticket Office at 401-865-2759.