The college basketball betting action goes on Sunday, January 23, 2022, with the Big East Conference showdown at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, so we bring you the best Butler vs. Providence betting pick.
The Bulldogs meet the Friars for the first time this season, opening as 9-point road underdogs with a total of 127.0 points on BetOnline Sportsbook. Providence has dominated Butler in their previous 18 encounters, going 13-5 straight up and ATS in the process.
Butler lost two straight to UConn and five of its last six games
The Butler Bulldogs fell to 9-9 SU and 5-12 ATS on the season following back-to-back losses to the No. 25 UConn Huskies. After a 76-59 defeat at XL Center in Hartford, the Bulldogs got battered in front of the home fans, 75-56.
Butler has gone only 1-5 SU and ATS in its last six outings at any location. The Bulldogs are 2-5 in conference play, sitting at the ninth spot of the Big East standings. They are No. 155 in the NCAA NET Rankings and No. 142 in the KenPom rankings.
The Bulldogs have struggled offensively all season, tallying only 101.1 points per 100 possessions (212th in the country) on 41.3% shooting from the field (309th) and 31.5% from beyond the arc (285th). Furthermore, the Bulldogs average a paltry 11 assists per 100 possessions (313th). Sophomore guard Chuck Harris leads the way with 10.2 points a night, while senior G Aaron Thompson adds 7.5 points and 3.9 dimes per game.
Providence beat Georgetown to stay on the right track
After postponing three straight games due to COVID-19 issues, the No. 21 Providence Friars (15-2; 11-6 ATS) returned to action last Thursday and beat the Georgetown Hoyas 83-75. The Friars failed to cover a 10-point spread in front of the home fans, but it was their tenth SU victory in the last 11 outings (8-3 ATS).
Providence is topping the Big East Conference with a 5-1 record. The Friars are No. 34 in the latest NCAA NET Rankings and No. 51 in the KenPom rankings. They score 110.0 points per 100 possessions (57th in the nation) and surrender 96.7 in a return (59th).
Seniors Nate Watson and Aljami Durham are key guys for the Friars, who lean on a bunch of upper-classmen. Watson averages 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while Durham adds 13.4 points and 3.1 assists a night.
- 1-5 ATS in the last six games overall
- 2-5 ATS in the last seven road contests
- 5-13 ATS in the last 18 games against Providence
- 8-3 ATS in the last 11 games overall
- 5-1 ATS in the last six home games against Butler
Butler vs. Providence Pick
The Bulldogs have been terrible over the last two weeks, so I’m backing the hosts to win and cover that big spread. It won’t be an easy task if Butler tights things up on the defensive end, but the Friars will win by 20 should the Bulldogs continue to play lousy basketball on both sides of the floor.
Butler’s last six losses have come by 15 or more points. Both Bulldogs and Friars prefer to play at a slow pace, so I doubt Butler’s chances to keep it close in this matchup.
Pick: Take Providence -9.0 at -110
The Friars rank 36th in the country in the opponent field goal percentage (39.8%). They should have enough weapons to deal with the Bulldogs’ slumping offense, so give me the under on the totals despite that low line at 127 points.
As I’ve mentioned, both teams like to take things slowly. The Bulldogs register only 63.4 possessions per 40 minutes (341st in the nation), while the Friars average 65.9 (284th).
Pick: Go under 127.0 points at -110