Providence vs. Evansville - 11/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Evansville Purple Aces (3-0) at Providence Friars (4-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Titan Gym)
The Line: Providence Friars -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Evansville Purple Aces and Provide Flyers will battle in the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy at Titan Gym this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Evansville Purple Aces improved to 3-0 (0-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Belmont Bruins, 93-88, this past Saturday. Evansville had a 45-35 halftime lead in this one and although Belmont did make a run in the 2nd half, the Purple Aces made enough clutch free-throws to secure the win. Evansville shot 51.7% from the field and 560.0% (6-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Purple Aces allowed Belmont to shoot 55.6% from the field however, did force the Bruins into committing 15 turnovers. Leading the way for Evansville was Egidijus Mockevicius who had a double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds. On the season, the Purple Aces have been led by Egidijus Mockevicius (21.3 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 3.0 bpg), D.J. Balentine (21.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.0 apg), and Mislav Brzoja (12.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.7 apg). Offensively, Evansville is averaging 85.7 ppg on 49.7% shooting. The Purple Aces are averaging 20.7 assists per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.88. Defensively, Evansville is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting and has a rebound margin of 10.0.
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The Providence Friars improved to 4-0 (0-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the NJIT Highlanders, 83-76, this past Monday. Providence got up early in this one leading at one point by 15 points in the 1st half, and although NJIT pulled within 5 points with minutes to play, the Friars were able to hang on for the victory. Providence shot 41.5% from the field but struggled from beyond the arc in the victory as they shot just 20.0% (4-20). The Friars allowed NJIT to shoot 45.1% from the field and forced the Highlanders to commit 22 turnovers. Leading the way for Providence was Kris Dunn who had a monster game with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 7 steals. On the season, the Friars have been led by Kris Dunn (18.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 6.8 apg), Rodney Bullock (18.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg), and Ben Bentil (13.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg). Offensively, Providence is averaging 78.3 ppg on 43.8% shooting. The Wildcats have an impressive 2.13 assist/turnover ratio and have a turnover margin of 9.8. Defensively, Providence is allowing their opponents to average 68.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting.
The Purple Aces are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The Friars are 4-0 ATS in their last games following an ATS loss and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.
This should be one of the better games to watch on Thanksgiving as it will display two of the better players in the country in Evansville’s Egidijus Mockevicius and Providence’s Chris Dunn. Providence will always have a chance to win the game by having Chris Dunn on their team, however, Dunn’s supporting cast will need to continue to improve if Providence wants to be competitive in the Big East this season. Evansville has been impressive on the offensive end to start the season and as they are a better overall team with Egidijus Mockevicius and D.J. Balentine, I think they’ll be able to get the win in this one. I’m taking Evansville and the small points.