The Providence Friars (6-2) will be at home in Dunkin Donuts Center when they go head-to-head against the Brown Bears (4-4). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 148.5 points with Providence opening as a 21-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Brown Bears at Providence Friars Free Preview
The Bears lost to the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils in their last contest, 68-62. Brown’s Desmond Cambridge had a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting. Central Connecticut State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 46.9 (above their season average of 26.7). Brown, on the other hand, forced the Blue Devils into a turnover percentage of 21.6 (above the 18.2 mark opponents have averaged against Brown this season).
In the Friars last matchup, they were defeated by the Rhode Island Rams, 75-68. Alpha Diallo was Providence’s high scorer with 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Rhode Island forced the Friars into a turnover percentage of 26.5 (above their season average of 17.0). Providence, on the other hand, held the Rams to an effective field goal percentage of 0.466 (below their season average of 0.556).
This has potential to be a mistake-prone game for the offense of Providence. Since the 2016-17 season, Providence ranks 196th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 19.1 percent), while the disruptive defense of Brown has forced the 38th-most turnovers in the NCAA (21.9 percent).
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Games involving Brown have gone under 100.0 percent of the time, while Providence games have finished over 85.7 percent of the time. The Friars come into this game with much better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 6-2 SU and 2-5 ATS, while the Bears are 4-4 SU and 1-1 ATS.
The Friars won the only game against the Bears last season, 95-57. The Friars played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.733 and an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 41.4. For those same stats, the Bears recorded marks of 0.402 and 28.6, respectively.
Brown Bears vs. Providence Friars Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Providence, ATS Winner – Providence, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bears rank 123rd in three pointers attempted per game (22.5) while the Friars rank 253rd (18.8).
- Providence ranks 252nd in rebounds per game (33.8) while Brown ranks 280th (32.6).
- Providence ranks 54th in assists allowed per game (11.6) while Brown ranks 255th (14.7).
- The Friars rank 98th in blocks allowed per game (3.1) while the Bears rank 233rd (4.3).
- Brown ranks 48th in steals per game (7.4) while Providence ranks 181st in steals allowed per game (6.5).