Twenty 'Til Tip

By David Scott - November 22, 2006

PROVIDENCE - Fans are trickling into the building formerly known as the Providence Civic Center and we’re about 20 minutes from tip.

PC is in their black warm-ups going through lay up lines and BC is doing the same in maroon gear. The PC band is playing just behind the Hang Time perch and this meeting of former league rivals is starting to build with a bit of tension.

Both teams come in needing the win (for self confidence and RPI purposes), but it’s also one of the oldest rivalries in college hoops and the teams have had their share of doozies over the years, during 100 meetings.

. . . The Dunk, as it’s now abbreviated to, is undergoing a $62 million renovation project that will upgrade the facility to include luxury boxes, new seats, a new video scoreborad (already in place) and various other bells and whistles. The improvements helped in landing the building first and second round games for the 2010 NCAA Tournament, with PC serving as the host institution. It will be the first time back at the arena since the 1996 Tourney.

. . . The PC Court at The Dunk will be dedicated to Hall of Famer, Dave Gavitt on January 6. At halftime of that game vs. Seton Hall, both Gavitt and former PC Coach Joe Mullaney (posthumously) will have their names raised to the rafters. Mullaney coached the Friars from 1955-1969, and Gavitt took the reigns from 1969-79.

Gavitt, you may have noticed, is in Maui for the tournament he serves as chairman of, The Maui Invitational. He flashed the peace sign to the TV cameras on Tuesday night after a play landed near his lap.

. . . Friar Head Coach Tim Welsh is two wins shy of 200 for his career. He is currently 198-137 (.591) over 12 seasons as a head coach (PC and Iona).

. . . Providence College, which has an enrollment of 3,912 students, is the smallest Division I school competing in one of the six BCS conferences (ACC, BIG 12, BIG EAST, PAC 10, BIG 10 and the SEC). In fact, of schools that compete in those six conferences only Seton Hall (9,600), Northwestern (7,700), Vanderbilt (6,319), Villanova (6,295) and Wake Forest (4,263) have enrollments under 10,000.

. . . At least one NBA scout is in the building with Bob Staak representing the Orlando Magic.

Posted by David Scott at 07:12 PM on November 22, 2006

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