Will Providence handle USC?
No. 9 Providence looks to represent the Big East well when it faces No. 8 USC and the Pac-12 in the NCAA Tournament tonight at 9:50PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Providence is the slight favorite in this game, as the Friars are getting odds of -2 points against USC. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 149.5 points. These two meet in the second round of the East Region tonight from PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Providence is 23-10 on the season, 3-2 on a neutral floor and 18-14 against the spread. USC is 21-12 overall, 2-3 on a neutral court and 18-14-1 against the spread. Both teams are at-large bids as USC was 10-10 in Pac-12 games while Providence was 11-9 in Big East contests.
Both of these teams were solid at the betting window in non-conference play, but USC hasn’t been a team you can count on lately. The Trojans are 3-7 in their last 10 straight up and against the spread. Those seven losses were all by 7 points or more. Providence has won four of its last five and covered in five straight. The Friars are also 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 at a neutral site. USC is traveling across the country for this game and the Trojans are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and in their last 5 against Big East opponents. Take Providence to get the W tonight.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: PROVIDENCE -2