Providence vs. USC - 3/17/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Providence Friars (23-10) at USC Trojans (21-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: USC Trojans +1 -- Over/Under: 149.5 See the Latest Odds
The Providence Friars and USC Trojans meet Thursday in the NCAA Tournament at the PNC Arena.
The Providence Friars is playing in its third straight NCAA tournament. The Providence Friars are averaging 74 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Ben Bentil is averaging 21.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while Kris Dunn is averaging 16 points and 6.4 assists. Rodney Bullock is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Lindsey is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Friars are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Providence Friars are 3-2 on neutral courts this season.
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The USC Trojans are playing in their first NCAA tournament since 2011. The USC Trojans are averaging 80.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Jordan McLaughlin is averaging 13.4 points and 4.7 assists while Nikola Jovanovic is averaging 12.1 points and seven rebounds. Julian Jacobs is dishing 5.5 assists and Katin Reinhardt is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The Trojans are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans are 2-3 this season on neutral courts.
The Friars are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trojans are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East.
Providence is a little easier to trust, as it has one of the better 1-2 punches in college basketball with Dunn and Bentil. USC has just been way too up and down this season and doesn't play much defense. Look for the Friars to cruise in this game.