Providence, Texas strengthening NCAA chances entering March


Providence and Texas are headed into March with wins, momentum and improving resumes for the NCAA Tournament.

Both the Friars and Longhorns have spent significant stretches looking little like a team that would earn a bid. But they have each won four straight games, the last coming Saturday on the road against a ranked opponent. And they've been climbing the NCAA's NET rankings since late January.

"It's late in the season — we're playing for our lives," Providence coach Ed Cooley said after Saturday's win at 12th-ranked Villanova, saying his team was "as desperate as anybody could possibly ima...

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