Free NCAA Basketball Picks: Providence Will Continue Winning Streak Against Villanova

Charles Stark

Friday, March 11, 2016 12:58 PM GMT

There is no doubt that Villanova would make some serious noise this month during March Madness. Providence has struggled at times this season, but will they contuine their winning streak? 

The NCAA basketball odds boards have come out making Villanova a solid -8.5 favorite like at BetOnline -110. That number seems about right considering they handled Providence both times this season but for one of my NCAA basketball picks I'm going to back the Friars plus the points. This is a well coached team that should be able to stay within the number.

Providence Friars
Providence allows opponents to shoot just 31.3% from distance and move the ball well around the perimeter averaging 16 assists per game. After a strong start to the season the Friars caught a really rough stretch during the middle of league play losing five out of six games. Since that stretch though they have won four games in a row and boast two extremely good basketball players in Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn.

Earlier in the season they pulled off a nice upset at Villanova winning by six but then later dropped to the Wildcats at home by 12. In that loss Villanova came out and played great on both sides of the ball in the first half going into the break up by 12 and held on for that lead as both teams went for 41 points in the second half. Providence simply did not shoot very well that game at just 33% overall but they did hold Villanova to just 23% from distance which is the staple of their defense. I think Providence has a lot to work with in this game and matchup well with Villanova.

 

Villanova Wildcats
Villanova averages 77.2 points per game and rank first and third in the country IN free-throw shooting percentage and two point shooting percentage respectably. This team does not have a lot of weaknesses and like Providence they are on their own four-game winning streak. However, there will be some tough matchups for them tonight against a Providence team that should come in with a lot of confidence.

Offensively they are not very dangerous from distance yet they are an extremely efficient team ranking 20th in the country in shooting efficiency. Defensively they are good but teams can get opportunities against them as they do allow teams 56 field-goal attempts per game which ranks out of the top hundred and NCAA basketball. Villanova is a very unselfish team but tonight this is just too many points that they will be giving to a Friars team that will have two of the best players on the floor.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Providence +8.5
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