RALEIGH, NC—In a wild opening day of the NCAA Tournament, USC suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Providence Friars, 70-69 on Thursday, March 17.
With three seconds left in the game, Providence’s Rodney Bullock freed himself on a bad pick, and found himself under the basket. He converted the lay-up, giving his team the edge; that is why they call it March Madness folks.
With 1.5 seconds left, USC heaved up one last desperation shot that was a no go. USC has no one to blame except themselves.
In the closing minutes, they missed key free throws, sloppy ball handling led to turnovers, and defensive gaffes led Trojan nation scratching their heads in disbelief, with a loss that was not expected.
This marks the first tournament victory for Providence since 1997. Their next opponet is the No. 1 seeded, North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, March 19.