Central Connecticut State Blue Devils vs. Providence Friars Betting Prediction 12/16/18

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The Providence Friars (7-3) will be at home in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center when they challenge the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (5-5). Action starts at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

Central Connecticut State Blue Devils at Providence Friars Betting Odds

Both teams were victorious over their last opponent. The Friars defeated the Siena Saints 77-67, while the Blue Devils beat the Hartford Hawks 75-68.

Central Connecticut State played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.246 and a turnover percentage of 16.7. For those same stats, Hartford recorded marks of 0.193 and 20.8, respectively. Meanwhile, Providence’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over Siena. The Friars had a rate of 44.0, while the Saints posted a mark of 31.0. Providence was led by Alpha Diallo, who put up 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, Tyler Kohl had a good outing for Central Connecticut State, contributing 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Blue Devils’ Kohl has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 0 points per game. Meanwhile, Diallo has averaged 0 points during that same time frame for the Friars.

The offensive glass could be a huge advantage for Providence in this meeting. The Friars are among the NCAA’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 70th in offensive rebounding percentage at 33.2 percent. Meanwhile, Central Connecticut State ranks 217th in the NCAA at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 67.3 percent.

Central Connecticut State Blue Devils at Providence Friars ATS Pick

College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Providence, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Providence ranks 48th in blocks per game (4.2) while Central Connecticut State ranks 90th (4.5).
  • The Friars average 5.8 steals per game, which ranks 151st in the nation. The Blue Devils rank 158th in steals allowed per game (7.0).
  • The Friars rank 121st in assists per game (14.0) while the Blue Devils rank 144th in assists allowed per game (14.0).
  • Central Connecticut State ranks 237th in three pointers attempted per game (20.4) while Providence ranks 247th (18.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Friars have scored an average of 70.0 points per game (4.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.8 points per game (1.8 below their season average).
  • The Blue Devils’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.8, up from 0.6 for the season.