The Providence Friars and the USC Trojans look to make their March Madness adventure swing past the first round in the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament. This East Region tilt tips-off on TBS this Thursday, March 17 at 8:50 PM ET at the PNC Arena, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
USC lost six of eight games late in the season. A first round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament victory over UCLA put the colligate Association on notice. Providence endured its own midseason woes, when it also lost six of eight games, but won four games in a row before losing to Villanova in the Big East Conference tournament.
How To Bet The Providence Friars Vs USC Trojans March Madness Odds
The 2016 March Madness R64 betting odds favor the Providence Friars at 2-point favorites to beat the USC Trojans. If you want to bet the O/U the game total is 150.5. The money favors the Friars at -130 while you can cash in at +110 if you back the Trojans.
What: No. 9 Providence Friars (23-10) at No. 8 USC Trojans (21-12)
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Start Time: 8:50 PM ET
Where: Raleigh, North Carolina
Stadium: PNC Arena
Spread: Providence -2
Moneyline: Providence -130 vs USC +110
Game Total: 150.5
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Why Bet The Providence Friars at -2 To Beat USC
Before losing to the Villanova Wildcats in the Big East tournament, the Friars had a four game winning streak, including a 14-point victory over the Butler Bulldogs.
They average 74.0 points per game, while allowing 69.7 points against. This is a team that moves the ball with patience and skill leading to a colossal 15.9 assists per game are not a surprise.
Need another reason to bet on the Friars? This season they were beyond good against the spread, posting a 19-14 ATS record. They were 11-9 ATS when playing as favorites.
The Providence D will be a key factor in this matchup. Big East opponents made just 28.5% from beyond the arc vs the Friars.
Why Bet The USC Trojans at +2 To Beat Providence
USC will have to trust their offense that their offense can beat the Friars D. The Trojans potent offense averages 80.8 points per game, 20th best in the nation.
Leading the way out of five Trojans who average over 11.5 points per game is sophomore Jordan McLaughlin, who scores 13.4 PPG. He has lit up the scoreboard with 42 points in his last two games while shooting 13-of-25 from the field and 14-of-15 at the line.
The Trojans have an 18-15 against the spread record entering this game. They were 14-7 versus underdogs.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Trojans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Trojans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
- Friars are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games.
- Friars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Friars are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Last season Providence disappointed with an early exit in the tournament. This time around they are riding the big MO and will beat an inconsistent USC squad. Bet the Friars.
My final score prediction is Providence 75, USC 70.