PC Friars news release...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College men's basketball team will make its seventh consecutive post-season appearance, and 20th overall appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), when the No. 4 seed Friars host the No. 5 seed Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday, March 19 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2. The winner of the Providence/Arkansas game will face the winner of the No. 1 seed Indiana and No. 8 seed Saint Francis (Pa.), which is scheduled to be played on March 19 at 7:00 p.m. (ESPN).

The Friars, who completed the regular season in eighth place in the BIG EAST with a 7-11 mark, have registered an 18-15 record overall.  The team posted a 1-1 mark at the BIG EAST Tournament, winning its First Round game versus Butler (March 13) before being eliminated in the Quarterfinals by No. 25/25 Villanova (March 14).

The Friars, who won the NIT in 1961 and 1963, have registered a 32-20 mark all-time in NIT games.  The Friars’ 32 NIT victories ranks as the fourth highest amongst all schools.  Only St. John’s (45 wins), Dayton (40 wins) and Minnesota (34 wins) have won more games in the NIT.   In the team’s most recent appearance in the NIT, the Friars posted a 2-1 mark in the 2013 NIT with victories over UNC Charlotte and Robert Morris before losing to eventual NIT Champion Baylor in the Quarterfinals in Waco, Texas.

Tuesday's game will mark the fourth meeting all-time between Providence and Arkansas.  The Friars have posted a 2-1 record versus the Razorbacks.  The last time the two teams met, Providence earned a 67-51 victory on Nov. 16, 2007 in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.  This will be the first post-season meeting between Providence and Arkansas.

The Razorbacks completed the season with a 17-15 overall record. Arkansas finished tied for ninth in the SEC Conference with an 8-10 mark. The No. 9 seed Razorbacks fell to No. 8 seed Florida in the Second Round of the SEC Tournament, 66-50, on March 14 in Nashville, Tenn.