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Road Team Dominating in Big East Clash

The Big East takes center stage Tuesday when the Butler Bulldogs and Providence Friars clash in a battle between ranked teams. If there has been one constant when Butler and Providence play one another recently, it's the road team winning, as the visiting team is 4-0 SU and ATS between the Bulldogs and Friars.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of Butler’s past eight games.
  • Providence is 4-1 ATS in their last five games against Butler.
  • Providence is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games within the Big East.

Kris Dunn continues to be one of the premier players in the nation this season as the guard is second in the Big East in scoring (17.8 ppg), while leading the conference in assists (6.7 apg) and steals (3.0 spg).  Dunn was close to notching a triple-double when these teams met on New Years Eve as the junior scored 20 points while adding nine assists and seven rebounds. Though much has been made of Dunn, and rightfully so, Ben Bentil has been a dominant force for the Friars. Bentil averages 19.2 points, first in the Big East, while adding 8.0 rebounds per game.

Butler has struggled in Big East play so far this season going just 2-3 SU after starting the year 11-1. The Bulldogs only wins within the conference have come against DePaul and St. John’s, two teams that have a combined 13-24 record on the season. Butler has gone just 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS in their past five thanks to their ice cold offense that has averaged just 70.4 points per game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Providence Friars were listed as -2.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

Butler Bulldogs vs Providence Friars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Providence Friars are 15-3 so far on the season, and 10-7 ATS vs the number. The Butler Bulldogs, meanwhile, are 13-4 and 8-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Providence go 10-7 and the Butler Bulldogs go 10-7 on betting totals.

The Providence Friars sit at No. 61 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Butler Bulldogs sit at No. 31 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Butler is ranked No. 94 in NCAA basketball at 38.06 per game. Contrast that with Providence's No. 120 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Providence is the No. 180-ranked team in the country at 6.33 per game, while Butler rates No. 167 at 6.53 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Bulldogs and Red Storm didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as St. John's was handed a 78-58 defeat on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Providence suffered a 81-72 loss against Seton Hall on Saturday, getting 21 points from Ben Bentil in a losing effort at Dunkin Donuts Center.

Betting Trends
  • Butler is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Butler is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Butler's last 8 games
  • Butler is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Providence is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Providence is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 7 games
  • Providence is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Butler at Creighton, Saturday, January 23rd
Providence at Villanova, Saturday, January 23rd