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NCAA Tournament 2017: An early look at Providence vs. USC

Hey, these two teams are familiar with each other.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Providence vs Southern California Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Providence Friars and USC Trojans will be playing in an NCAA Tournament game.

No, this isn’t a rewrite of an article from 2016. You aren’t traveling back in time either. Don’t adjust your sets.

The Friars and Trojans will be meeting once again. This time, instead of Raleigh, North Carolina, the two teams will be tangling in Dayton for the right to get into the field of 64. Providence and USC are among the teams battling in The First Four, and the winner of this matchup will go on to face the SMU Mustangs in Tulsa.

Let’s take a glance at these two teams:

Stat Providence USC
Stat Providence USC
Record 20-12 (10-8) 24-9 (10-8)
KenPom Rank 56 61
RPI 56 41
Good Wins Seton Hall, Marquette (x2), Butler, Xavier, Creighton, Rhode Island, Vermont SMU, UCLA
Bad Losses Boston College, DePaul, St. John's Utah, Arizona State