The Providence Friars and UConn Huskies meet Thursday in the college basketball Big East Tournament Quarterfinal at Madison Square Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Providence Friars are averaging 78.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 71.3 points on 44 percent shooting. Bryce Hopkins is averaging 16.1 points and 8.5 rebounds, while Ed Croswell is averaging 13.4 points and 7.7 rebounds. Devin Carter is the third double-digit scorer and Noah Locke is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Providence Friars are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game.
The UConn Huskies are averaging 79 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Adama Sanogo is averaging 16.9 points and 7.2 rebounds, while Jordan Hawkins is averaging 16.4 points and 1.3 assists. Tristen Newton is the third double-digit scorer and Alex Karaban is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The UConn Huskies are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game.
The Friars are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 neutral site games and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Huskies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 6-0 in Friars last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 Thursday games.
I have a lot of respect for Providence and the way it's coached, but this is more about UConn for me. After some shaky play, it looks like UConn has turned things back up lately, and that includes winning its last 5 games by an average of 19.4 points. MSG is also a second home for UConn which doesn't hurt. I'll lay the chalk.