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Mid-Day Rumble: Providence will open up against Harvard, Nichols to visit Virginia

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Today in the Mid-Day Rumble, the Friars have a difficult non-conference schedule, Austin Nichols has his first visit lined up this weekend, Thon Maker continues to dominate the summer circuit and a Bobby Portis-less Arkansas team is headed for a rough season.

The Providence Friars have made two straight NCAA Tournament appearances, but clinching number three won't be easy, even with point guard Kris Dunn on their side.

The Friars released their non-conference schedule earlier this week and just like last season, there are some tough competitors. Ed Cooley's squad will face Harvard in their 2015 season opener, Illinois in the Gavitt Games, Rhode Island in Kingston, UMass and Boston College. They will also take a trip to Anaheim for the Wooden Legacy tournament that features Michigan State, Arizona and Evansville.

Austin Nichols has been given the green light by Memphis to transfer to any program of his choice and his first visit is finally set for this weekend. The former Tigers forward will take a peak at Virginia, a school that he has strong connections to, with Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Notre Dame and Auburn still in the mix.

No one is exactly sure as to if these possible Adidas jerseys are legit, but I'm not going to lie they are pretty slick throwbacks. Conrad Burry, who is a graphic designer, tweeted out "designs" for Kansas, Wisconsin, Louisville and North Carolina State and there are many fans that certainly hope they are relevant for the upcoming season.

Have you ever seen a 7'1" player with handles like 2016 Canadian prospect Thon Maker? The 5-star talent is playing in the FAB 48 tournament in Las Vegas and he absolutely juked fellow high-quality recruit Edrice 'Bam' Adebayo out of his shorts.

After losing SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis (Bulls) and Michael Qualls (Thunder) to the Association, Arkansas was looking at a rebuilding season in 2015-16. Well, the results may be even worse than "rebuilding" after three Razorback players were arrested and an incoming freshman announced he is headed to post-grad school this past week.

Sophomore point guard Anton Beard, senior big man Jacorey Williams and Colorado transfer Dustin Thomas were detained on Wednesday afternoon on charges of forgery. All three have been indefinitely suspended from the team by head coach Mike Anderson.

Ted Kapita, 71st on ESPN's Top 100 rankings, will attend the SPIRE Men's Basketball Academy in 2015 instead of Arkansas. The West Virginia native and former Huntington Prep star had offers from Florida, South Florida and Kansas, in addition to Arkansas, following his final season of high school basketball.

The Razorbacks could be looking at last place in the SEC if they Beard and Williams don't return for the regular season.