Villanova at Providence Betting Odds, Free Pick & TV InfoJosh Bailey
The sixth-ranked Villanova Wildcats trudge north to snowed-in New England for the first meeting of the season with the Providence Friars on Wednesday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Rhode Island.
"This has always been a tough place for us to play," Villanova head-coach Jay Wright told the school’s official website. "A lot of that has to do with how good Providence is."
The game will tip at 8PM ET on Wednesday and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and streamed live on Fox Sports Go.
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A Closer Look At The Villanova at Providence Betting Odds & My Free Pick
Matchup: No. 6 Villanova Wildcats at Providence Friars
Date: Feb. 11, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Stadium: Dunkin Donuts Center
TV Info: FOXS1
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio: Villanova Vs Providence
Villanova Will Cover the Spread If
Villanova can get balanced scoring.
The Wildcats are 21 and 2 straight up on the season. They’ve got a great record mainly because they often times get points from a number of their starters and bench players. Villanova’s top scorer is Darrun Hilliard who averages 13.3 points per game. Hilliard can score way more than that if the Wildcats need him to, like when he put up 24 against Creighton, but Villanova is best when he’s right around his average.
Since Villanova scores 74.8 points per game from 46.3% shooting, one has to assume that the rest of the team is making up all of the points that Hilliard isn’t scoring. The Wildcats also shoot 36.3% from behind the arc. Hilliard isn’t the only one that can hit threes, either. As long as Villanova gets balanced scoring, they’ll be close to covering the spread against Providence.
Providence Will Cover the Spread If
The Friars can control the pace of the game.
Providence can score points. That’s not an issue. The Friars scored 83 against DePaul and 74 versus Georgetown, but for Providence to keep it close against a great team like Villanova, they’ll want to control the pace somewhat.
Villanova has finishers up and down their line-up. They’ve also got finishers off their bench. Providence isn’t as lucky. Their top player, LaDontae Henton, averages 20.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He’s a smallish forward at 6’ 6” and 215lbs, but he can score with the best of them. In order for Providence to cover the spread against the Wildcats in this Big East battle, they’re going to have to work Henton off of screens or allow him to use the clock to get his own shot. That’s the best way for Providence to control the pace of the game and to keep the ball away from Villanova’s excellent scorers.