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Providence vs. Butler - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Butler at Providence
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Dunkin Donuts Center
Providence, Rhode Island
The Line
The Line: Providence -2.5 -- Over/Under: 136
TV Channel
FOX Sports
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The Butler Bulldogs and Providence Friars meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

The Butler Bulldogs look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 72.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Kamar Baldwin is averaging 17.6 points and five rebounds while Paul Jorgensen is averaging 11.7 points and 1.6 assists. Aaron Thompson is dishing four assists and Sean McDermott is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have lost four of their last five road games.

The Providence Friars also need a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Providence Friars are averaging 71 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Alpha Diallo is averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds while Nate Watson is averaging 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. A.J. Reeves is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Jackson is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Providence Friars are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Providence Friars have split their last six home games.

The Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big East and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Friars are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Bulldogs are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Providence and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The under is 9-4-1 in Friars last 14 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Bulldogs last 6 overall.

Providence just beat Butler last week on the road in overtime and has a senior in Isaiah Jackson who will want his career to end with a home victory. The Butler Bulldogs are playing better basketball at the moment, but they've been horrible on the road where they've lost four of their last five and are losing by an average of 7.5 points while shooting under 41 percent from the field. The Providence Friars play their best ball at home and have been on the wrong side of some tough losses. I'll lay the bucket with the Friars simply due to Butler stinking on the road this season. 

Providence -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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