Providence vs. Butler - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence vs. Butler - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Butler Bulldogs (22-9) at Providence Friars (19-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

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The Providence Friars and Butler Bulldogs meet Thursday in the college basketball Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

The Providence Friars look to build on their six-game winning streak. The Providence Friars are averaging 71.4 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Alpha Diallo is averaging 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds while David Duke is averaging 12 points and 4.2 rebounds. Luwane Pipkins is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Watson is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Providence Friars are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Providence Friars have split their last six non-home games.

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The Butler Bulldogs look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 68.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 62.1 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Kamar Baldwin is averaging 16.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while Sean McDermott is averaging 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Bryce Nze is dishing 1.4 assists and Jordan Tucker is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs lost three of their last four non-home games.

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The Providence Friars have won six of the last eight meetings against Butler, and they head into this tournament playing head and shoulders the better basketball. Providence is not only riding a six-game winning streak, but the Friars are winning their last five games by an average of 14 points while allowing 39.8 percent shooting from the field and 26.3 percent shooting from deep. The Butler Bulldogs have had their fair share of hiccups these last few weeks, and they lose non-home games by an average of 3.9 points while shooting 1.8 percent less from the field compared to their season average. Give me the free point and the team in much, much better form. 

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