The Providence Friars (15-15) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-10) will face off in a Big East Conference showdown Friday night inside the Joyce Center
Providence Friars at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Providence will look to move its current win streak to three games and snap an eight-game losing streak to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the process Friday night. The Friars dropped a 94-93 decision in last year’s meeting as four-point home underdogs, while the last seven meetings have gone “over” the total. The program has tallied a 9-15 record all-time in this series, including a 4-7 mark when playing in South Bend. Providence is 2-6 ATS as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus years, while the “over” is 4-3 in that situation.
The Friars will be looking to improve upon their 1-5 mark against ranked opponents this year, as they get prepared to play in the Big East Conference Tournament on Tuesday. Point guard Vincent Council leads a group of four starters that average in double figures, scoring 16.1 points and dishing out 7.5 assists per game. He ranks first in the conference and fourth nationally in assists. Offensively, the team shot 54.4 percent in its last contest versus the Connecticut Huskies, which was its best performance in Big East play over the last two seasons.
Notre Dame seemed to lose its focus in dropping both games of its recent road trip, including a 59-41 loss to the Georgetown Hoyas as six-point underdogs. The Fighting Irish have clinched a winning record in Big East play for the third straight season and will receive one of the four byes in next week’s tournament. Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey will likely have his squad refocused for this particular affair, tallying a 10-1 mark versus Providence during his time on campus. Notre Dame is 4-5 ATS as a favorite and the “under” is 6-3 in that situation.
The Fighting Irish offense really missed the mark last time out against the Hoyas, scoring just 41 points, which tied for the fewest points scored in the Brey era. Notre Dame also failed to have a player score in double figures for the first time since Feb. 13, 1982. The team managed to score just 18 first-half points, which was the fewest in any half of play this season, while shooting just 17.6 percent from three-point range.
Bettors will likely back the Fighting Irish due to their 4-1 ATS mark at home, while the Friars are 6-11 ATS when playing a team with a winning record this season.
Recommendation: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -10.5
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