PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Despite a tough end to the regular season, the Providence College Friars are headed back to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

On selection Sunday, the Friars were called as the No. 11 seed in the East Region, marking their 22nd appearance in the Big Dance.

The Friars are headed to Greensboro, North Carolina, where they will face No. 6 Kentucky on Friday.

It’s a fresh start since their loss to UConn in the Big East Tournament, and the team says they are excited about the opportunity.

Last year, the Friars advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1997 before falling to eventual national champion Kansas.

Tip-off between the Friars and Wildcats is just after 7 p.m. Friday on WPRI 12.

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