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2016 NCAA Tournament: An Early Look at Providence vs. USC

The Providence Friars, seeded ninth in the East region, will play the USC Trojans in a first round matchup on Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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The Providence Friars received their seeding in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, and it comes as a slight surprise to be seeded as low as a number 9 seed in the East region. Their opponent will be the USC Trojans, who are appearing in their first NCAA Tournament since the 2009 season.

We'll have a more detailed look at the matchup later in the week; for now, here's a quick look at how these two teams stack up against one another.

Stat Providence USC
Seed 9 8
Record 23-10 21-12
RPI (ESPN) 38 48
Good Wins vs. Arizona (Wooden Legacy), at Villanova, Butler (x3) Yale, Wichita State, Colorado, Oregon State
Bad Losses at DePaul None