Are Providence, UConn men’s basketball teams rivals? Dan Hurley, Ed Cooley weighs in

There is no current team in the Big East that the UConn men’s basketball team has played more often than Providence.

When they first met, Babe Ruth’s 1927 Yankees were still the reigning World Series champions. Two of the seven original members of the Big East – a league created by former Friars coach Dave Gavitt – they’ve clashed 75 times since and 63 times as conference opponents. UConn owns a significant head-to-head advantage overall (45-30), in Big East play (38-25) and, of course, in national titles (4-0). Still, the Friars have had a few spurts of dominance and have often been a tick in the Huskies’ fur, even besting some of UConn’s championship teams (Ryan Gomes, anyone?).

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