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NCAAB Betting: Butler vs Providence

Ranked teams clash when the Butler Bulldogs host the Providence Friars Thursday. Hinkle Fieldhouse will be bouncing for one of the biggest games ever to be played on that court, but Butler will need to contend with some bad history to win this one. The favorites are 0-3 SU and ATS in the past three meetings between Butler and Providence.

Shark Bites
  • Butler is 9-0 SU in their last nine home games.
  • The OVER is 8-3 in the last 11 road games for Providence.
  • Butler is averaging 89.9 ppg this season, the second highest number in the nation.

Butler had high expectations entering the season with Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones coming back for their final seasons. The seniors have not disappointed as Dunham leads the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and Jones is averaging 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Butler is currently on a eight-game winning streak with an average margin of victory of +18.5 points.

Providence had much more tempered expectations coming into the season, but has excelled at protecting the ball with a 1.62 assist-to-turnover ratio on the year. Providence is led by reigning co-Big East player of the year Kris Dunn who is averaging 16.5 points, 7.3 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Butler sat as -8-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Providence Friars vs Butler Bulldogs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Providence Friars have watched them go 12-1 and 7-5 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Butler Bulldogs are at 11-1 and 7-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Butler Bulldogs are 8-4, while the Providence Friars have a 7-5 mark.

This game puts the Butler Bulldogs, most recently No. 18 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Providence Friars, who rate No. 45 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Providence Friars rank No. 168 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 36.85 per game. That compares with Butler’s No. 51 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Butler is college basketball's No. 118-ranked team at 7.08 per game, while the Providence Friars rate No. 186 with 6.15 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Friars and Minutemen didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Massachusetts was handed a 90-66 defeat on Monday at Mullins Center.

The Bulldogs blew out IUPUI on Monday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 92-54 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • Providence is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Providence is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Providence is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Providence's last 11 games on the road
  • Butler is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Butler's last 9 games
  • Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Providence home to St. John's, Saturday, January 2nd
Butler at Xavier, Saturday, January 2nd