Providence Friars vs. Butler Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/21/14
Butler Bulldogs (11-7) at Providence Friars (13-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Butler Bulldogs visit the Providence Friars in Tuesday night Big East hoops action at 9PM on Fox Sports 1.
Butler finally got a dose of good fortune this past week as the Bulldogs once again found themselves on an OT thriller with Marquette. Unlike in their past few losses, the Bulldogs turned it on quick in OT and finished the game on a 20-8 run to seal their first conference win. Butler got all the offense they needed from their starting five as Khyle Marshall and Kellen Dunham combined for 36 points. Kameron Woods added 16 and 14 and was huge down low. On D, the Bulldogs forced 16 turnovers and had 7 steals. While the win was much needed, the Bulldogs continue to struggle mightily at the line -- finishing just 21-37 in this contest.
Providence is riding high having won three in a row after a three game losing streak that had them on the brink of their season unfolding. The Friars resurgence has been fueled by the play of guard Bryce Cotton. The speedster lead guard was once again rock solid in an impressive resume win over Creighton this past weekend 81-68. The Friars were solid on defense all game and flustered arguably the most efficient offense in the country all game long. Cotton finished with 23 points and 6 assists and showed well in front of a bunch of NBA scout in attendance to see Creighton forward Doug McDermott. Creighton was held to a season low 9 assists and Providence knocked down 50% of their field goals. The recent win streak has the Friars right back in the conference race.
Butler got the much needed win at home to stop the bleeding, but the Bulldogs have a lot of holes and they have been exposed on the road all season long. I like the Friars to keep their streak alive as the play of forwards Kadeem Batts and LaDontae Henton lead Providence to their fourth win in a row with the cover at home.