Bracket projection: Providence

For the fifth consecutive season, the Big East-hardened Providence Friars are in the NCAA tournament. And like in past seasons, coach Ed Cooley's Friars are driven by strong defense. Providence, which came up just short of the Big East tournament title in a thrilling overtime loss to Villanova, slows the game down to win tough matchups. That sounds like a winning strategy in March, but can it propel the Friars to the program's first Sweet 16 in more than 20 years?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.