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Big East Tournament - Providence Friars Home to Butler Bulldogs in NCAA Basketball Betting

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Butler Bulldogs vs Providence Friars battle Thursday at Madison Square Garden as the Friars look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

College basketball betting odds makers at BetOnline opened the Providence Friars as 3.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over/under total line at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

Butler Bulldogs vs Providence Friars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Butler Bulldogs have watched them go 21-9 and 16-13-1 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Providence Friars are at 22-9 and 16-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Providence Friars are 18-12, while the Butler Bulldogs have a 17-12-1 mark.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Providence Friars rated this week at No. 136 and the Butler Bulldogs sitting at No. 48.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Providence has the nation's No. 122-rated offensive output, at 74.16 PPG. The visiting Butler Bulldogs defense ranks No. 129 allowing on average 71.07 PPG. The Friars FG% has averaged 41.72% so far, less than the Providence Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.9% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bulldogs blew out Marquette on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 95-74 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Ben Bentil scored 23 points and helped out with 23 rebounds for Providence on Saturday, leading the Friars to a 90-76 victory over St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Butler is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Butler is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Butler's last 5 games
  • Butler is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Providence
  • Providence is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Providence is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 7 games
  • Providence is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Butler