Providence [16-10 (8-6), RPI: 69, SOS: 42] The last eight days kind of summed up the Friars’ season. They continue to feast on the Big East’s lesser teams, beating South Florida (road) and Rutgers (home), but they’ve been unable to close the deal against the league’s tougher opponents. After losing at Louisville 94-76 on Wednesday night, Providence has only one victory against the Big East’s best teams. (It beat Syracuse 100-94 on Jan. 28.) The Friars swept two games against Cincinnati, which might help, but they probably need at least one more marquee victory to justify their case. They play Notre Dame at home Saturday, followed by a home game against Pittsburgh on Feb. 24 and road games at Rutgers and Villanova to finish the regular season. Providence might need to win at least two of its remaining four regular-season games — and win at least once in the Big East Tournament — to have a decent chance on Selection Sunday.