Cincinnati Bearcats vs Providence Friars Odds
The Providence Friars will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Cincinnati Bearcats at Madison Square Garden in NCAA basketball action.
The Big East Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Madison Square Garden.
Providence battles the Bearcats, currently sitting with a 21-10 mark (10-17 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 15-9 for the Friars and 6-20 for the Bearcats.
Bettors looking to go with the Friars in this one found them listed as 2.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Bearcats was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 55-ranked Friars and the No. 12-rated Bearcats in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 73-68 win for the Bearcats on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Providence has the nation's No. 168-rated offensive output, at 67.8 PPG. The visiting Bearcats defense ranks No. 26 allowing on average 59.1 PPG. The Friars FG% has averaged 41.4% so far, more than the Bearcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.3% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Cincinnati owns the country's No. 37-rated mark, allowing 62.8 points per game on the highway. Providence, on the other hand, rates No. 221 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 61-53 winner as they battled South Florida at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 12-point favorite. The Bearcats grabbed a 61-53 win over the Bulls on Saturday, behind a 15-point effort from Cashmere Wright at Fifth Third Arena.
Providence was a 63-59 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Connecticut. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Kadeem Batts scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Friars to a win (they lost 63-59 to Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday).
Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing South Florida are 2-8
After a win are 4-6
Providence Friars Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
After playing Connecticut are 1-9
After a loss are 4-6
A few Bearcats at Friars trends to consider:
Providence is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 7 games when playing Cincinnati