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Butler vs. Providence - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence Friars (17-9) at Butler Bulldogs (17-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)

The Line: Butler Bulldogs -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

The Providence Friars will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the Butler Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Providence Friars improved to 17-9 (8-5 Big East) on the season after upsetting the 3rd ranked Villanova Wildcats, 76-71, this past Wednesday. Providence was outstanding on the defensive end against the high-scoring Wildcats and was able to able to seal the victory late after taking a 71-64 lead with just 0:46 seconds left in regulation. Providence held Villanova to just 15.0% (3-20) shooting from beyond the arc and forced the Wildcats into committing 19 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for Friars was Kyron Cartwright who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Providence is averaging 75.1 ppg on n 45.0% shooting from the field. The Friars are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Providence has been led by Rodney Bullock (14.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 apg), Alpha Diallo (12.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Kyron Cartwright (11.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Jalen Lindsey (10.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Providence is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Friars have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

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Butler vs. Providence - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Butler Bulldogs lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 17-10 (7-7 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Georgetown Hoyas, 87-83, this past Tuesday. Butler had no answers for Marcus Derrickson and the Hoyas offense and couldn’t fight back after Georgetown took a 79-65 lead with 5:59 left in regulation. Butler allowed Georgetown to shoot 58.8% from the field and 47.1% (8-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Kamar Baldwin who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals. On the season, Butler is averaging 80.3 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.1 three pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler has been led by Kelan Martin (20.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 apg), Kamar Baldwin (16.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Paul Jorgensen (10.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg), and Tyler Wideman (9.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg). Defensively, Butler is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

 The Friars are 10-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win. The Bulldogs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games.

Providence bounced back nicely from their 17-point lost to DePaul to upset Villanova at home and come into the game as a balanced team that ranks 143rd in scoring offense and 182nd in scoring defense. Butler has been led by their offense this season as they rank 46th in scoring offense and FG%, however, the Bulldogs have really struggled defensively as of late as during their 3-game losing streak the Bulldogs are allowing their opponents 90.4 ppg. Butler is coming off their worst game at home this season, however, as I think Butler will come into this matchup with a little extra motivation knowing that they need a win to help their NCAA chances, I think the Bulldogs get back on track in this one and cover this home spread.  

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