Cincinnati Bearcats visit Providence Friars in college basketball clash
Cincinnati Bearcats vs Providence Friars Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Providence vs Cincinnati battle Wednesday at Dunkin Donuts Center as the Friars look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Friars sit at 11-11 (9-8-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bearcats are currently 18-4 (9-9 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Providence is 11-5 OU, and Cincinnati is 5-12 OU.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Providence sat as 3.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 51-ranked Friars and the No. 4-rated Bearcats in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 79-70 win for the Bearcats on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Providence's No. 155 nationally ranked offense (68.3 points per game) against a Bearcats defense that sits as the No. 30 at 58.8 PPG. The Friars have been averaging 41.6% from the field, less than the Bearcats have managed so far this season (42.1% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Cincinnati owns the country's No. 41-rated mark, allowing 62.1 points per game on the highway. Providence, on the other hand, rates No. 206 in scoring at home.
Cincinnati was a 65-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Seton Hall. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. The Bearcats grabbed a 65-59 win over the Pirates on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from Sean Kilpatrick at Prudential Center.
Providence was a 55-52 winner in its last match on the road against Villanova. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Bryce Cotton scored 18 points leading the Friars to a 55-52 victory over Villanova at Villanova Pavilion on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Seton Hall are 4-3
After a win are 7-3
Providence Friars Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing South Florida are 1-9
After playing Villanova are 2-8
After a win are 6-4
A few Bearcats at Friars trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Providence's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Providence's last 11 games
Providence is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home
Cincinnati home to Pittsburgh, Saturday, February 9
Providence at South Florida, Wednesday, February 13