The Big East Tournament continues on Wednesday in the second round with teams that received a first round bye. Providence and Cincinnati face off to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. View college basketball odds at Top Bet sportsbook.
The Providence Friars (17-13, 9-9) is one of the hottest teams heading into the Big East tournament after winning seven of their last nine with the only losses coming against Syracuse and UCONN on the road. Providence fell to UCONN twice this season and both were in overtime fashion. The Friars, in early February beat Cincinnati 54-50 on their home floor. Bryce Cotton leads Providence and is 20th in the nation in scoring while averaging about 20 points per game.
Cincinnati (21-10, 9-9) is led by two elder statesmen in junior Sean Kilpatrick and senior Cashemere Wright. After starting 16-3, the Bearcats have finished the season just 5-7. Their losses, however, were against stout competition in Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Louisville and Connecticut in overtime. Cincinnati is looking at a bubble at-large bid right now but need to win a game or two in the conference tournament to ensure their spot.
Cincinnati is 10-17 ATS while Providence is 15-11. Providence ended their regular season with a loss and are 7-5 in those situations. After a win, Cincinnati is 7-9. In conference play, Providence holds a record of 11-7 ATS while Cincy is just 5-13.
Providence has been hot to end the season but really hasn’t beaten many quality squads. Cincy has shown the ability to play with top teams with wins over Pitt and Marquette and need these wins badly for the right to keep playing. To take the Friars Click Here.