Providence vs. Villanova Pick
No. 3 Villanova faces one of the teams it lost to this season as it meets Providence in the Big East Tournament today at 6:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Villanova is the favorite in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -9 points against Providence. The over/under total for the contest has been listed at 140 points. These two meet in the Big East Tournament semifinal from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Villanova is 28-4 overall, 17-2 in the Big East, 3-1 on a neutral court and 15-15-1 against the spread. Providence is 23-9 overall, 11-8 in the Big East, 3-1 on a neutral court and 17-14 against the spread. Villanova has won six of its last seven against Providence, but the two split the season series. Nova had a 72-60 win at Providence on Feb. 6 but Providence got an 82-76 OT win at Nova back on Jan. 24.
Providence is coming in hot, as the Friars have won and covered in four straight, including a 74-60 win over Butler on Thursday. Villanova has won four straight as well, but the Wildcats are just 2-4 against the spread in their last six. When Providence lost to Villanova, it shot just 19 of 57 from the floor. The Wildcats can’t expect that same kind of poor shooting today. Look for Providence to shoot better and give Villanova a run for its money in this game. The Friars have played Nova tough this year and should do it again today.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: PROVIDENCE +9