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 SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Providence pulled one upset to get to the NCAA tournament. Sticking around will demand another.
No. 11 seed Providence makes its first tournament appearance in a decade Friday against sixth-seeded North Carolina. The Tar Heels are entering on a two-game slide, the first time that's happened since 2004.
The Friars (23-11) got an automatic bid by winning the Big East tournament over Creighton, which got a No. 3 seed. Providence hasn't won in the tournament since 1997.
North Carolina (23-9) arrived in Texas shadowed by more frustration than fanfare. An up-and-down season included a 1-4 start in the ACC and losing star P.J. Hairston to NCAA rules violations.
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