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Butler Bulldogs vs. Providence Friars - 12/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence Friars (12-1) at Butler Bulldogs (11-1)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)

The Line: Butler Bulldogs -8 -- Over/Under: 152 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Providence Friars will travel to play the Butler Bulldogs in a Big East Conference game on Thursday.

The Butler Bulldogs are 11-1 and are coming off of a win against IUPUI by a score of 92-54. Butler led by 19 points at halftime and was able to pull away even more in a huge second half. Kelan Martin had 19 points and 3 rebounds for Butler. Roosevelt Jones added 17 points and 5 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Butler out rebounded their opponent by a total of 43-34 and had 18 assists in their victory. Butler is averaging 89.9 points per game while giving up 69.2 points per game. Butler is also averaging 40.2 rebounds per game and 17 assists per game. Kellen Dunham is averaging 15.6 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game, while Roosevelt Jones is averaging 13.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game for Butler. Butler is shooting 72.2% on free throws, 37% on three-pointers, and 51.2% on all field goal attempts.

Butler Bulldogs vs. Providence Friars - 12/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Providence Friars are 12-1 and are coming off of a win against UMass by a score of 90-66. Providence scored 45 points in each half and pulled away from their opponent. Ben Bentil had 32 points and 12 rebounds for Providence. Kris Dunn added 14 points and 11 assists for the Friars. Providence out rebounded their opponent by a total of 42-34 and had 28 assists in their victory. Providence is averaging 75.8 points per game while giving up 66.5 points per game. Providence is also averaging 36.8 rebounds per game and 16.5 assists per game. Ben Bentil is averaging 18.8 points per game and 8 rebounds per game, while Kris Dunn is averaging 16.5 points per game and 7.3 assists per game. Providence is shooting 71.2% on free throws, 32.1% on three-pointers, and 45.6% on all field goal attempts.

Providence is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. Providence is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The over is 4-1 in Providence’s last 5 games. Butler is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. Butler is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The under is 7-0-1 Butler’s last 8 conference games.

Both of these teams have been playing great basketball this season and this should be a great game. Butler is one of the highest scoring teams in the country, which could give Providence some trouble. Butler is the home team, but I am picking Providence and the points.

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Providence Friars +7.5

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