Providence vs Butler NCAA Basketball Odds Preview

Providence vs Butler NCAA Basketball Odds Preview

Written by on December 30, 2015

It’s always fun for online betting fans to try and figure out which of the NCAA basketball conferences are going to be dominant in the New Year, and you have to say that the Big East is making a very strong case for itself in the early part of the season. Two of the best in the conference will square off on Thursday, December 31, when the Providence Friars head into Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to face the Butler Bulldogs. Tip-off for this one is set for 2:30 PM EST on CBSSN.

An Inside Analysis of the  Friars Vs Bulldogs NCAA Basketball Odds Match Up

The Big East currently has 4 ranked teams heading into the end of the year, and they will all be squaring off against one another on New Year’s Eve. It is going to be very interesting indeed to see what the oddsmakers come up with for these match-ups, and we will have all the odds here at Online Sportsbook as soon as they become available.

Why bet on the Providence Friars

The #12 ranked Providence Friars come into this one with an impressive 12-1 record, with their only loss of the season coming to Michigan State. The Spartans were finally knocked off the top rank on Tuesday night, so it’s fair to say that there is no shame in the Friars losing to a team that good. Providence rebounded nicely from that loss, and have reeled off 6-straight wins since. The Friars do have a win against a ranked opponent this season, as they knocked off Arizona right before the game against the Spartans. Providence is 7-5-0 ATS and 7-5-0 O/U this season. They are averaging 75.8 PPG, and are giving up 66.5 PPG.

Why bet on the Butler Bulldogs

The 11-1 Butler Bulldogs are currently ranked #9 in the nation, and are coming into this one on an 8-game winning streak after taking their only loss of the season versus the Miami Hurricanes. Included in that winning run are victories over ranked opponents in Cincinnati and Purdue, which proves that they are more than capable of hanging with the big boys. They are undefeated on home court this season, which you have to feel gives them a slight edge in this one. The Butler Bulldogs are 7-5-0 ATS and 7-3-1 O/U so far this season. They are averaging 89.9 PPG, and are giving up 69.2 PPG.

My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The final day of the year is shaping up to be a great one as far as NCAA basketball fans are concerned, as there are some great games on tap. This is another tough one to call, but I am leaning in the direction of the Butler Bulldogs and their home court advantage. My Final Prediction: Providence Friars 70 Butler Bulldogs 79