Connecticut Huskies vs Providence Friars Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Providence vs Connecticut battle Thursday at Dunkin Donuts Center as the Friars look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Friars bring a 10-10 record (8-7-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 13-5 Huskies, who are 6-7-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Providence go 10-4 so far and the Huskies go 6-8.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Friars - Huskies odds would favor the Friars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Providence is rated No. 51 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Connecticut is at No. 81. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 73-71 win for the Huskies.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Huskies rank No. 282 in NCAA Division 1 with 32.2 per game. That compares with Providence’s No. 82 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Providence is college basketball's No. 218-ranked team at 5.8 per game, while the Huskies rate No. 226 with 5.7 per game.
Defensively, Connecticut features the nation's No. 176-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.7 points per game. Providence, meanwhile, comes in at No. 228 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Connecticut was a 66-54 winner at home against Rutgers. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Huskies got 19 points from Shabazz Napier as Connecticut ran past Rutgers 66-54 on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion.
Last time out for Providence, they were an 81-71 loser as they battled Marquette on the road. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. Providence suffered an 81-71 loss against Marquette on Saturday, getting 19 points from Bryce Cotton in a losing effort at Bradley Center.
Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-1
Before playing South Florida are 3-4
After playing Rutgers are 9-1
After a win are 6-4
Providence Friars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Villanova are 5-5
After playing Marquette are 4-5
After a loss are 3-7
A few Huskies at Friars trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Connecticut's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Connecticut's last 7 games when playing on the road against Providence
Connecticut is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Providence's last 9 games
Providence is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
Providence is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Connecticut
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 7 games when playing at home against Connecticut
Connecticut home to South Florida, Sunday, February 3
Providence at Villanova, Sunday, February 3