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Tar Heels draw Providence in NCAA opener

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The Associated Press

North Carolina will face surprise Big East champion Providence in its opening game of the NCAA tournament in San Antonio.

The Friars (23-11), seeded 11th in the East, stunned Creighton 65-58 on Saturday to earn the Big East's automatic berth. The championship is the first for Providence since 1994.

The Tar Heels (23-9), a No. 6 seed, had a 12-game winning streak snapped in a loss at Duke in their final regular season game, then were bounced from the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in the quarterfinals. North Carolina fell behind Pittsburgh, then made a dramatic rally that fell just short.

It's the first time the Tar Heels head into the tournament with two straight losses since coach Roy Williams' first season as coach, in 2003-04.

The teams will meet Friday.

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