In the 60's and the early to mid 70's Providence was the Mecca of college basketball in NE and throughout the east. That's why Gavitt had so much power and influence in the creation of the BE. The Providence Civic Center was one of the first large off campus arena's in the country and it was a nightmare for opposing teams during the 1st half of the 70's. I believe they may have won like their 1st 90 games in it. It was all started by a coach named Joe Mullaney in the early 60's. He had great players, Lenny Wilkens, John Thompson, Jimmy Walker, and others and is the inventor of the matchup zone defense.
Since the formation of the BE they have only seen any level of great success in a few seasons 87 when we could beat everybody but Cuse, 94 winning a BE title and 97 losing to National Champion Arizona in OT in the elite 8.
PC is Rhode Islands team and it has a large, loud fan base begging for relevance. Ledo know this having grown up there, hence his comments.