Providence vs. Butler - 3/10/16 Big East Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (21-9) at Providence Friars (22-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Providence Friars +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Butler Bulldogs and Providence Friars square off Thursday in the Big East Tournament.
The Butler Bulldogs look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 81.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 71.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.2 points and 1.5 assists while Kelan Martin is averaging 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. Roosevelt Jones is dishing 4.7 assists and Andrew Chrabascz is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Bulldogs are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs are 3-1 this season on neutral courts.
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The Providence Friars look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Providence Friars are averaging 74.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Ben Bentil is averaging 21.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while Kris Dunn is averaging 16.3 points and 6.4 assists. Rodney Bullock is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Lindsey is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Friars are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Providence Friars are 2-1 this season on neutral courts.
The Bulldogs are 46-19-1 ATS in their last 66 neutral site games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Friars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games. The Bulldogs are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Providence has beaten Butler in both meeting this season and will once again have the top player on the court in Dunn. The Friars are a team that can make a run with Dunn leading the way. I'll take my free bucket.