Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Friars and Huskies. The game is starting at 8:30 ET on FS1, and it's hosted by the Huskies at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this game is set at 139 points, and Connecticut is favored by -12.5 vs. Providence in a Big East conference matchup.

PROVIDENCE FRIARS VS CONNECTICUT HUSKIES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Providence Friars +12.5

This game will be played at Gampel Pavilion at 8:30 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.

WHY BET THE PROVIDENCE FRIARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Huskies.
  • Even though we have Connecticut winning straight-up, we like Providence at +12.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can the Friars Grab a Win on the Road?

Providence enters this game as a 12.5-point underdog, and they have gone 3-3 on the road this season, compared to 11-3 at home. Over their last 10 games away from home, the Friars are just 4-6.

Overall, Providence has gone 14-6 this season, including a 5-4 mark in Big East play. They have won three straight games and are coming off an 84-76 victory over Georgetown.

As the underdog this season, Providence has gone 5-1 against the spread and their overall ATS record is 12-8. On the road, the Friars have an impressive ATS mark of 5-1 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 6-4 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Providence games is 7-13, and today's line of 139 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (141.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 150 points, and their OU record over their last five games is 4-1.

In their recent matchup, the Providence offense ended with 84 points against Georgetown. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 57.1% and made 5 threes. In terms of offense, the Friars have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, putting them 111st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 286th in percentage and 146th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Friars' defense is nationally ranked 50th, allowing 66.1 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.2 threes per game vs. Connecticut. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.1%.

Can the Huskies Hold Strong at Home?

Connecticut comes into tonight's game against Providence as the favorite, with a point spread of -12.5. They have been the favorite in 19 of their 20 games this season, going 18-1 in those games. The Huskies have been dominant at home, posting a perfect 13-0 record, and they have won their last 13 games at home.

Overall, Connecticut has an 18-2 record, including an 8-1 mark in Big East play. They have won eight games in a row, and their average scoring margin at home is an impressive +26.1. In their last game, the Huskies defeated Xavier by a score of 99-56, and they are 10-0 in their last 10 games at home.

Connecticut has an ATS record of 11-8-1 this season and they are 8-5 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Huskies have gone 5-4-1 ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for Connecticut games is 11-9, and today's line of 139 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games this year (146.1). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2.

Connecticut is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 99 points vs. Xavier. This figure is more than their season average of 82 points per game. Offensively, the Huskies hold a season-long field goal percentage of 49%, placing them 33rd in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 97th in terms of percentage and 44th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Huskies' defense is nationally ranked 27th, allowing 64.2 points per game. In their previous game vs. Xavier, the Musketeers finished with a field goal percentage of 58% and a total of 56 points vs. Connecticut.