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The Friars are going to be a very good team very soon...but they're not there yet.
After winning seven of eight games late in the season, Providence will look to ride Bryce Cotton, Kadeem Batts, LaDontae Henton and future star Kris Dunn on a long NIT run.
Charlotte got off to one of the best starts in school history this year, going 9-0 before finally losing to Miami.
While the 49ers eventually went 8-8 in conference play, the team had few bad losses in A-10 play. Expect them to be ready for postseason play.
This is an interesting matchup because both teams rely heavily on guard play. This game will be decided in the backcourt, although there will also be a star-studded matchup in the frontcourt between Providence's Kadeem Batts and Charlotte's Chris Braswell.
This game is going to come down to the wire, but I'm taking Providence after watching the Friars get hot near the end of its Big East conference schedule.
Prediction: Providence 68, Charlotte 64