It was announced today that URI and Providence College will not play each other in basketball this season. URI and PC have played each other every year since 1935, and the rivalry has intensified every year since. The annual game has been a highlight of the season for both sets of fans.
Due to COVID-19 and scheduling conflicts, there was no date where the two teams could meet. This year, the game would have been at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The rivalry will resume in 2021 at The Dunk.
There was a lot of hype around this game this season. URI has a new-look team with returning star Fatts Russell, as well as four transfers, highlighted by twins Makhi and Makhel Mitchell from Maryland. Providence was also looking very good, with star guard duo David Duke and Luwane Pipkins.
URI beat PC last season at the Ryan Center 75-61, but PC leads the series 74-57, including winning eight of the last ten matchups. URI has won two out of the last three, however. It is unfortunate that the game will not be played this season, but with restrictions with scheduling, it was unlikely that the game would be able to be played.