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PC Will Play USC In East Regional Thursday Night

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Providence College is going to the NCAA basketball tournament for the third consecutive year. That’s the good news. The eighth-seeded Friars (23-10) wil...

Providence College is going to the NCAA basketball tournament for the third consecutive year. That’s the good news.

The eighth-seeded Friars (23-10) will play ninth-seeded Southern California (21-12) in the first round of the East Regional Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C. If they win, they will most likely face top-seeded North Carolina (28-6) in the second round. That’s the bad news. The Tar Heels will be heavy favorites in their opener against the Florida Gulf Coast-Fairleigh Dickinson play-in winner.

PC has not won a game in the tournament since 1997. Two years ago the Friars lost to North Carolina, and last year they fell to Dayton.

This season Providence finished 10-8 and fourth in the Big East. Southern Cal was 9-9 and sixth in the Pac-12.

This will be PC’s 18th NCAA appearance. The program is 14-18 with Final Four showings in 1973 and 1987.  The Trojans last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2011. This will be their 17th appearance, and they own a tournament record of 11-19 with Final Four finishes in 1940 and 1954, the days when the National Invitational Tournament was the big deal in college basketball.

The PC-USC game is the fourth on the schedule Thursday night and will probably start no earlier than 10 p.m.

PC Will Play USC In East Regional Thursday Night
PC Will Play USC In East Regional Thursday Night