Providence vs. Harvard - 11/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Harvard Crimson (1-0) vs. Providence Friars (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The Harvard Crimson and Providence Friars play Saturday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The Harvard Crimson look to keep the ball rolling after beating MIT, 59-39, Friday night. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 59 points on 38.5 percent shooting and are allowing 39 points on 29.2 percent shooting. Tommy McCarthy is averaging 12 points and three assists while Agunwa Okolie is averaging 10 points and two assists. Evan Cummins is grabbing 10 rebounds and Zena Edosomwan is dishing two assists. The Harvard Crimson played great defense in their season opener, which is becoming a staple of this program that’s allowed 70 or less points in 12 straight games. However, in order to beat Providence, Harvard must be far better on the offensive side of the ball and not miss seven free throw attempts. Harvard has won eight of its last 10 road games.
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The Providence Friars look for the third straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time since the 70s. Kris Dunn will lead the Friars after averaging 15.6 points and 7.5 assists while Ben Bentil averaged 6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Jalen Lindsey shot 33 percent from deep and Kyron Cartwright dished 2.6 assists. The Providence Friars lost a good deal of depth with LaDontae Henton and Tyler Harris no longer on the roster, but an argument can be made that Dunn is the best player in college basketball. Dunn will make a lot of players on this Providence team far better than they really are, and recruit Ryan Fazekas is a flat out shotmaker. Providence has a lot of new faces who will have to step up, but Dunn is good enough to make the Friars a threat.
The Crimson are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Friars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
Harvard just played yesterday and now has to play a well balanced team on the road with one of the top players in the country. I like the Friars to get the job done here and win by double digits.