USC vs Providence March Madness Lines Match Up
In one of the most interesting games of the opening round of games in the NCAA tournament, the USC Trojans will take on the Providence Friars. This is an 8/9 game, with the winner of this March Madness Odds match up taking on most likely North Carolina in the East Region. The Providence Friars, out of the Big East finished with a 23-10 regular season record, and they finished fourth in the conference standings. The Friars fell in the conference tournament to Villanova. For the USC Trojans, they fell by 8 against Utah in the Pac-12 tournament. The Trojans finished the season 21-12, and were 6th in the Pac-12.
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How To Bet on USC vs. Providence March Madness Odds, TV and Game Info
What: Providence Friars (25-9) at USC Trojans (26-8)
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Start Time: 9:50 PM ET
Where: Raleigh, North Carolina
Stadium: PNC Arena
Spread: Providence -1
Game Total: N.A
Stream: TBS Sports
Listen: Providence at USC
Why Bet on Providence
The Providence Friars will likely have a better home crowd in this game, with the game being played at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The Friars played well down the stretch, having their five game winning streak snapped the Villanova. Outside of Kris Dunn, who many call the best freshman in the NCAA tournament, the Friars are led in scoring by Ben Bentil. The forward is scoring more than 20 per game, for a team that is scoring 74 per game. Providence has two wins over Butler, and wins over Arizona and Villanova.
Why Bet on USC
The USC Trojans will make the long trek across country. The Trojans are led by former Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach Andy Enfield. The Trojans come into the NCAA tournament with losses in 5 of their last 7 games. The lone wins during that streak was over Oregon State, and in the Pac-12 tournament against UCLA. The top scorer for USC this season has been Jordan McGlaughlin. The guard is scoring 13.4 points per game, for a team that is 20th in the nation, scoring just shy of 81 per game.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
This is a tough game to pick. Both teams are teams that have been too up and down to have a good grasp on. Both teams will come into this game motivated, as they want a shot at many people’s pick to win the region; North Carolina. Many times when you have two teams that are not separated by much, you take the team that has the best player on the court. Kris Dunn should be the best player on the court. The Providence guard can score, and distribute the basketball. The bet for this game is the Providence Friars -1 over the USC Trojans.
Our final score prediction is Providence 75 and USC 71.