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USC Trojans in the First Four, must beat Providence in Dayton on Wednesday to face SMU

The Trojans squeak in.

NCAA Basketball: UCLA at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Trojans were one of the last four teams into the NCAA tournament along with Kansas State, Wake Forest and Providence, which means they have to play an extra game to make the Round of 64.

USC’s tournament path starts in Dayton where they have to best the Providence Friars on Wednesday night, only to turn around and held to Tulsa on Friday if they win and try to beat SMU.

USC played Providence last season and lost in the first round. If the Trojans advance, they’d have to beat either Baylor or New Mexico State to get to the Sweet 16.

After that, USC probably has their pick of Duke or South Carolina/Marquette in New York City. Not an easy road at all, especially with Villanova, Virginia or Florida looming as likely Elite 8 competition. Andy Enfield has made a tournament run before with Florida Gulf Coast. Maybe he can pull it off yet again?