Providence Friars vs. Brown Bears - 12/8/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brown Bears (4-6) at Providence Friars (6-2)
College Basketball: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Brown Bears will travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to take on the Providence Friars this Monday night.
The Brown Bears improved to 4-6 on the season with a 69-62 victory over the Bryant Bulldogs this past Saturday. Brown took advantage at the free-throw line hitting 24 of 31 attempts (77.4%) and held the Bulldogs to just 32.8% shooting. Leading the way for the Bears was Cedric Kuakumensah who had a double-double with 20 points (7-13 FG; 8-8 FTM-A), 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The Browns have had trouble replacing Sean McGonagill who averaged 17.4 ppg, 3.8 apg and was their only legitimate outside scoring threat. The Bears strength is in their frontcourt with Rafael Maia (8.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Cedric Kuakumensah (11.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg). Leland King has been leading the Bears in scoring this season as he has been averaging 15.8 ppg and grabbing 8.0 rpg. Offensively, Brown has been averaging 65.7 ppg (ranked 226th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 206th). Defensively, the Bears are giving up an average of 71.7 ppg which ranked 283rd in the country.
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The Providence Friars loss to the Boston College Eagles, 69-60 this past Friday to drop to 6-2 on the season. Providence started to the season with 6 straight wins, including a solid win over Norte Dame, however, has dropped their last two to the Kentucky Wildcats and Boston College Eagles. The Flairs have had trouble recently scoring the basketball as in their last two games, they are only shooting 35% (35-100) from the field and just 28.1% (9-32) from three point range. Leading the way for Providence has been LaDontae Henton who is averaging 19.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg. Also chipping in for the Flairs have been Tyler Harris (12.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Kris Dunn (10.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.6 apg, 2.3 spg) and Carson Desrosiers (7.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg). Defensively, Providence has been solid on the season as they are currently holding their opponents to just 59.6 ppg (ranked 59th). Providence will be looking to improve on their free-throw shooting as the season progresses as they are currently just shooting 66.9% as a team which ranks 211th in the country.
The Bears are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win, however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Friars are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Brown ended the season with a winning record, however, it seems that they are taking a step back this year as they’ve really struggled on the both sides of the ball. This is a lot of points for the Flairs to be giving, but they generally play well at home and will be motivated to get back to their winning ways. I think that Providence will pull away in the second half in one and cover this large spread. Let’s roll with Providence in this one.