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#11 Seed USC Has a Long Road Ahead

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Providence v Southern California Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

It goes without saying the road to the finals in the NCAA tournament is a long one to begin with. USC faces the challenge of playing an additional play in game against Providence tonight at 9:10 ET on truTV. The Trojans dropped their first game of the 2016 NCAA tournament to Providence, so revenge will definitely be on USC” s mind tonight.

If USC is able to win tonight they would travel from Dayton, Ohio to Tulsa, Oklahoma to face #6 seeded SMU on Friday. SMU comes in with a 30-4 record on the season. SMU not only won the AA regular season title but also the conference tournament as well.

NCAA Basketball: Southern California at Washington Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Looking ahead the Trojans would face the winner of the Baylor/New Mexico State game to get into the Sweet Sixteen. If USC were to become the Cinderella story of this year’s tournament, they would likely have to play through Duke and Villanova to get to the Final 4. From there, it’s anyone’s tournament – right? With the Final 4 in Glendale, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a large USC fan presence if this were to happen.

The truth of the matter is throughout the tournament history there haven’t been many #11 seeds moving past the Elite 8, so USC has a long road ahead if they want to make history.