I loved watching Pac-12 games this year. It didn’t matter if it was one of the best versus one of the weakest teams in the conference, those games were always competitive. Every team that made the tournament from the Pac-12 deserves to be in it.
The Big East was top-heavy this year. Providence was a favorite to win the conference, but slumped mid-season. They finished the year strong and corrected the ship.
Does Andy Enfield have more ‘Dunk City’ magic left in him?
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The USC Trojans made the NCAA Tournament ahead of their rebuilding process schedule. They hired former Florida Gulf-Coast coach Andy Enfield and he brought his up-tempo ‘Dunk City’ offense to Los Angeles. The team loves to push the ball up and down the court, but defense isn’t really in their DNA. They are a fun team to watch.
The Providence Friars were one of the preseason favorites to win the Big East this season. Kris Dunn could have gone into last year’s NBA Draft, but decided to wait another year. He had a solid year, but Ben Bentil came out of nowhere to help push the team to the NCAA Tournament. It hasn’t always been pretty for the Friars this season, but they turned their season around just before the Big East tournament.
This game will be a true test of basketball philosophies. USC loves to push the ball up and down the court with little focus on defense and Providence loves to play defense. The winner of this game will be based on which team can play their own tempo. I’m going to say slow and steady wins the race and pick Providence.
Prediction: #9 Providence Friars
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.