Providence vs Kentucky Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/17/23

Kentucky Wildcats (21-11) vs Providence Friars (21-11)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:10 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Kentucky Wildcats -4 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kentucky Wildcats and Providence Friars face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. 

Kentucky Betting Preview

Kentucky comes into this game with a 21-11 record and they have gone 15-16-1 against the spread. Even though Kentucky’s record is solid, this has been an up and down season and there are some questions about how they will do in the tournament. Kentucky is averaging 75.1 points while their defense is giving up 68 points per game. The offense is ranked 98th in the league. Oscar Tshiebwe is averaging 16.5 points while shooting 56.3 percent from the field. In this game, the defense is going to need to step up, and make life tough on the Providence offense. 

Providence Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Providence who sits with a 21-11 record overall and they have gone 18-14 against the spread. Providence really struggled to close out the season losing three games in a row. In the last game against UConn the offense only scored 66 points and they ended up losing by seven points. Providence is averaging 78.1 points while their defense is giving up 71.3 points per game. Bryce Hopkins is averaging 16.1 points while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

Kentucky vs Providence Trends

Kentucky is 0-6 against the spread in their last 6 neutral site games as a favorite. The over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 games following an against the spread loss. The Wildcats are 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Shane’s Free Pick

Trusting this Kentucky team has been an adventure this season, but they are going to find success in this game. Providence ended the season really struggling, and they are going to carry that over here. Providence is giving up 71.3 points per game, and they are going to really struggle to defend again in this game. Back Kentucky to win this game and cover the spread.

Shane’s Pick Kentucky -4

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