Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Thursday January 22, 2015. At 7:00 PM EST on the MASN 2 Television Network.
The (12-6) Xavier Musketeers of the Big-East Conference makes the trip from Southwest Ohio to the Ocean State. Xavier will play the (14-5) Providence Friars also of the Big-East in 2015 NCAA Basketball action. The teams will play at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. This Sports Handicapper believes the Xavier Musketeers has six new players that can bring some excitement to Cincinnati. The Providence Friars won’t repeat as Big East Tournament Champions in 2015. The betting line has Providence as a two-point home favorite Against The Spread, and the total is not available for Thursday Night’s game.
The 2015 Xavier Musketeers have dropped three of their last five straight up but got a much-needed home win at home on Saturday the 17th against Marquette. Senior Center Matt Stainbrook scored eight points in the win to lead all starters in scoring. Stainbrook also leads the team scoring per contest at 12.4 points per contest. Freshman Forward Trevon Bluiett is second with twelve points per game on average. Point Guard and Indiana native Dee Davis runs the show and dishes out nearly six assists a game. The teams split last season with Xavier winning in the regular season and Providence getting payback in the Big East Tournament. The Xavier Musketeers are only 1-4 their last five Free College Basketball ATS Betting Picks away from home going over the betting odds total three times and staying under twice. The key to a Xavier win is to allow Davis to push the pace at the point, Stainbrook must establish a strong post presence. Head Coach Chris Mack is slowly bringing this team along.
The 2015 Providence Friars have won three of their last four straight up and Against The Point Spread. The Friars won at Creighton 74-65 on January 17th. Providence is in second place, tied in the Conference with Villanova, a game behind front-runner Georgetown. Senior Forward LaDontae Henton is the team’s leading scorer averaging twenty-one points per game. Sophomore Gaurd Kris Dunn is second with fourteen per game. Providence is 7-2 Against The Number their last nine against the Big East. The betting odds over the total is 17-5 the Friars last twenty-two at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Providence Friars are 7-2 ATS their last nine, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under four. Head Coach Ed Cooley has the team believing they can compete. The departure of all everything Guard Bryce Cotton brought skepticism, but the Friars have responded.
Free Pick: Providence-2.