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20-13, 3rd in Big East
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19dJeff Borzello

Providence lands No. 36 Ashton-Langford

Makai Ashton-Langford, the ESPN 100 point guard who decommitted from UConn in March, has committed to Providence.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Two more top-50 visits this weekend. Former UConn signee Makai Ashton-Langford heads to Providence, while Jordan Tucker visits Syracuse.

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28dChad Ford

Rodney Bullock testing draft waters

The Providence sophomore forward averaged 15.7 points per game this season, but there are concerns about his efficiency. Should he stay in the draft?


Ed Cooley, Providence HC

Ed Cooley joins the guys to talk about the NCAA Tournament and whether he is interested in the Georgetown job

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37dJeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello

Cooley recommended for Georgetown job

Providence head coach Ed Cooley would be a good fit at Georgetown given his success in the Big East and ability to recruit high-level talent.

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Providence got off to a hot start against USC in Wednesday's First Four matchup, scoring 44 points in the first half and hitting 8-of-15 3-point attempts to race out to a 15-point lead. Things took a turn for the worse in the second half, though.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

USC rallied from 17-point deficit to beat Providence 75-71 in their NCAA First Four game in Dayton, Ohio. The ViewFromVegas is the Trojans not only won but also covered after closing as 2-point favorites. The game went over the betting total of 142. In the First Four games, underdogs went 2-1 ATS with one game closing pick 'em (Wake Forest-Kansas State). Overs went 3-1.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

USC didn't have to wait long for its NCAA tournament revenge. After dropping a heartbreaker to Providence a year ago, the Trojans pulled off a remarkable comeback from 17 points down to return the favor and inflict some punishment on the Friars. Bennie Boatwright carried USC through some lean offensive stretches, and that was crucial in setting up the date on Friday against East No. 6 seed SMU.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

If not for Bennie Boatwright, USC would be in even worse shape as it tries to regroup at halftime of the First Four. Providence isn't giving away easy looks to any Trojans, though Boatwright has still found a way to put up 14 points so far. But that's nearly half of the team's scoring, and without some help from the rest of the cast, USC has little chance of closing the 15-point deficit.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Why is this Friar flying around UD Arena? Jalen Lindsey is on pace for a career scoring night after knocking down 4 of his first 6 attempts from 3-point range. Providence is getting whatever it wants offensively against USC.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Cooley with a timeout in the first 60 seconds. Someone make a note to check back in April; chances are we just saw the fastest TO of the tournament.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

There's only one more ticket out of the First Four left, and USC and Providence are ready to try to claim it.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The second night of NCAA tournament First Four games are about to tip off in Dayton, Ohio. The ViewFromVegas is North Carolina Central is a 3.5-point favorite over UC-Davis in a No. 16 seed battle to earn a date with Kansas. In the nightcap, USC is down to a 2-point favorite over Providence in a No. 11 seed battle to face SMU.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

There will be two more teams leaving UD Arena with a victory and a chance to keep fighting in the NCAA tournament when the night is over. The First Four featured a pair of competitive games on Tuesday, and North Carolina Central and UC Davis will have the first shot to keep that streak alive this evening before Providence takes on USC.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

A group of dedicated Dayton fans are the first folks in the parking lot on a chilly afternoon before the second day of the First Four. Tournament Fever is in full swing.

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ESPN's BPI expects Providence to knock USC out of the Big Dance for the second consecutive year. Only once have the Friars won a game in consecutive NCAA tournaments (1973-74).

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46dDavid Tuley and Andrew Lange

How to bet Wednesday's First Four games

The NCAA tournament continues Wednesday night with UC-Davis-North Carolina Central and Providence-USC facing off in their First Four matchups. Our experts weigh in with best bets for both games.

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How important are Tuesday's and Wednesday's games? Since the First Four was introduced in 2011, one of the eight teams has advanced at least to the Round of 32 in each season. One even went from the First Four to the Final Four (VCU in 2011).

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46dJohn Gasaway

The numbers to know for all 68 tourney teams

How good is UCLA's up-tempo offense? And just how powerful is Gonzaga's inside attack? We've got the most important numbers for the Bruins and Zags, plus the rest of the field.

Team Stats

Points Per Game70.3245th
Rebounds Per Game33.3290th
Assists Per Game14.3121st
Points Allowed66.952nd

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record15-19
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances18