Providence's LaDontae Henton (23) reacts after missing the last shot of the game as Villanova's Josh Hart (3) and Ryan Arcidiacono react after an NCAA college basketball game in the in the semifinals of the Big East Conference tournament, Friday, March 13
Frank Franklin II
March 15, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Sixth-seeded Providence has the advantage of facing a First Four team in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament.

The Friars (22-11) will face the winner of the Boise State-Dayton game on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. Dayton will be favored in its First Four game on Wednesday night on the Flyers' home court, where they went 16-0 this season and have won 21 in a row overall.

Providence is one of six Big East teams that reached the NCAA Tournament, losing to champion Villanova 63-61 during the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Friars are trying for their first win in the NCAA Tournament since 1997, when they reached the Elite Eight. They're 14-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

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