Conneticut Huskies vs. Providence Friars NCAAB Preview: Team Analysis, Betting Trends, and Prediction 2/22/23

Conneticut Huskies vs. Providence Friars NCAAB Preview: Team Analysis, Betting Trends, and Prediction 2/22/23

 

Odds

Time 6:30 p.m. EST
Friars money line +270
Friars spread +7.5 (-110)
Huskies money line -340
Huskies spread -7.5 (-110)
Over / under 143

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Providence Friars Conneticut Huskies
Record 20-7 20-7
Home / road record 5-5 13-2
Streak W2 W1
Points per game 78.00 78.00
Points allowed per game 69.00 64.00
Rebounds per game 39.00 39.00
Rebounds allowed per game 37.00 37.00
Over / under record 13-14 16-11
 

Preview

The upcoming game between the No. 18 UConn Huskies and the No. 20 Providence Friars is sure to be a closely contested matchup. Both teams have identical overall records of 20-7, and while UConn has a slightly worse conference record than Providence, they have played some tough opponents and have fared well at home, going 13-2 in home games this season. The game will take place at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. EST.

 

Providence Friars

This team has had a solid season and has a 20-7 record to show for it. They have been particularly successful in conference play, with a 12-4 record against Big East opponents. The team has some strong offensive players, including Bryce Hopkins, who is shooting 46.8% and averaging 16.9 points per game. Hopkins has been a consistent scorer for the Friars and has the ability to take over games.

Noah Locke has also been a strong contributor for Providence, averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games. His ability to knock down shots from beyond the arc makes him a difficult player for opponents to defend. The Friars have played in some close games this season, with a 2-2 record in one-possession games. They have shown that they can perform under pressure and come away with wins in tight games.

In their last 10 games, the Friars have gone 6-4, averaging 77.0 points, 36.3 rebounds, 15.4 assists, 5.1 steals, and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.2% from the field. They have allowed an average of 72.1 points per game to their opponents. While their offensive numbers are impressive, their defense has struggled at times, and they will need to tighten things up if they want to come away with a win against UConn.

Conneticut Huskies

The Conneticut Huskies have shown that they are capable of competing against the top-ranked teams in the country, but they have also had some disappointing losses. The team's top scorer, James Bouknight, has been out since early February with an elbow injury, but other players have stepped up to fill the void.

One of those players is Jordan Hawkins, who had an impressive performance in the team's recent win against Seton Hall, scoring 20 points. Hawkins has been a consistent performer for the Huskies, averaging 17.2 points over the last 10 games. He has shown that he has the ability to be a dynamic scorer and a leader on the court.

Another strong player for the Huskies is Adama Sanogo, who has been a force on the boards. He leads the team with an average of 7.3 rebounds per game and has the ability to dominate in the paint. Sanogo's physical presence on the court makes him a difficult player for opponents to deal with.

In their last 10 games, the Huskies have gone 5-5, averaging 74.3 points, 36.9 rebounds, 15.3 assists, 5.0 steals, and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 43.6% from the field. They have allowed an average of 69.3 points per game to their opponents. While their record during this stretch may not be perfect, they have shown that they can compete with the best teams in the country.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Providence are 15-4 ATS in their last 19 games.

Providence are 15-4 SU in their last 19 games.

Providence are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

Providence are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Connecticut.

Connecticut are 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games.

Connecticut are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games against Providence.

Connecticut are 18-2 SU in their last 20 games at home.

 

Prediction

The point spread for the upcoming game between the Providence Friars and the UConn Huskies is quite large, making it a difficult decision for bettors. UConn is a good team with a lot of talent, but they have not been playing up to expectations in recent games. While many predicted them to be the favorite in the Big East, they have already lost seven conference games. Providence, on the other hand, has been performing well and has already beaten UConn by 12 points earlier in the season.

In the past eight games, Providence has covered six times and has not lost by eight points or more during that stretch. This shows that they have been performing well and have been competitive in every game they play. With this in mind, it may be too many points to spot Providence in this game.

While UConn is a talented team, they have not been playing to their full potential lately. Providence, on the other hand, has been performing well and has already proven that they can beat UConn this season. The point spread may be large, but it is possible that Providence can cover it or even win the game outright.

In summary, this game will be tightly contested, and while UConn is the favorite, it may be too many points to spot Providence in this matchup. With Bryce Hopkins' ability to match up with Sanogo and score efficiently from the perimeter, Providence has a good chance of keeping this game close. With their recent success in covering the spread and their previous victory against UConn, I would take the points and bet on Providence to keep this game competitive.

 

PICK: Providence +7.5 (-110)

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