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USC just can't handle the madness against Providence

USC just can't handle the madness against Providence

They were clutching the game tightly in their young hands, grasping USC's first NCAA tournament win in seven years, holding the first diamond of a dazzling future.

And then, in the final moments, hands became sweaty, minds became mottled and the game became giant, its burden unwieldy

Quickly, painfully, it slipped, and slipped, and slipped, until it crashed to the floor amid prone bodies and their stifled tears.

USC led Providence by five points with barely two minutes remaining Thursday night in the tournament's final first-round game at PNC Arena when the clock literally struck midnight, and the Trojans figuratively turned into an inanimate object that was carved...

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