USC chosen for first NCAA Tournament since 2011

Southern California head coach Andy Enfield, second from right, speaks with forward Bennie Boatwright, left, guard Julian Jacobs, second from left, and Southern California forward Darion Clark during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 men's tournament Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Las Vegas. Utah won 80-72. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years.

The Trojans (21-12) are seeded No. 8 in the East and will face Providence in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Thursday. It is USC's 17th NCAA Tournament appearance and its first under third-year coach Andy Enfield.

Enfield coached 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet Sixteen 2013 in his only previous NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Trojans are 12-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and their last win came in the opening game in 2009.

Providence (23-10), finished fourth in the Big East and reached the Big East semifinals.

The Friars are making their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.