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USC to play Providence in NCAA basketball tournament game Wednesday

Winner of the First Four game will advance against SMU in the East Region

Elijah Stewart hangs off basketball hoop after dunking
USC's Elijah Stewart and teammates will square off against Providence in the first round of the NCAA tournament. (Photo/John McGillen)

The USC men’s basketball team will play Providence in an NCAA First Four game at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. (PT). The game will air on truTV with Spero Dedes and Steve Smith doing the play-by-play. (The Trojans and Friars also met last year in a first-round game.)

The winner of the game between the No. 11 seeds in the East Region will face the No. 6 seed SMU in Tulsa, Okla., on March 17.

USC (24-9, 10-8) has won 24 games for the first time since the 2007 team won a school-record 25 games and the sixth time in school history. The 23 regular season swins were USC’s most since the 1992 team also won 23.

USC’s 45 wins the last two seasons are the second-most in a two-season stretch in school history behind the 46 combined wins in during the 2001 and 2002 and 2007 and 2008 seasons.

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