The Washington Huskies (2-0) and the Providence Friars (1-1) square off in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 151 points with Providence set as a 9-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Providence Friars vs. Washington Huskies Odds Preview
The last time the Friars played, they were beaten by the No. 14 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 86-74. With 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting, Kyron Cartwright led Providence in scoring. Minnesota’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over Providence. The Golden Gophers had a rate of 26.5, while the Friars posted a mark of 17.1.
The Huskies come in on a high note after topping the Eastern Washington Eagles in their last game, 79-69. Washington rallied around Noah Dickerson, who was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Washington played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 37.1 and a free throw rate of 0.431. For those same stats, Eastern Washington was 20.6 and 0.309, respectively.
Conflicting paces will be on display in this meeting. Washington ranks 60th in possessions per game (72.3) while Providence is 279th (67.3) since last season.
Since last season, the Friars have had records of 21-13 straight up (SU) and 20-14 against the spread (ATS). Games involving Providence have had a slight tendency to finish over the O/U total since last season (47.1 percent).
Meanwhile, the Huskies, have records of 11-22 SU and 11-21 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total high when Washington has been involved over that same stretch as 65.6 percent of their games have gone under the O/U total.
Providence Friars vs. Washington Huskies Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Providence, ATS Winner – Providence, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Friars rank 106th in steals per game (6.7) while the Huskies rank 229th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
- Washington ranks 199th in three pointers attempted per game (20.2) while Providence ranks 231st (19.3).
- Providence ranks 54th in assists allowed per game (11.6) while Washington ranks 278th (15.2).
- The Huskies rank 90th in rebounds per game (37.2) while the Friars rank 265th (33.5).
- Washington ranks 13th in blocks per game (5.4) while Providence ranks 175th (3.0).