Butler vs. Providence,
03/13/2019 19:00 EDT,
Score: 57 - 80
Total: -110/+136 Under
*3 Star CBB Total DOMINATION* The Providence Friars are different than all the other teams in the Big East. Providence switches up their defense often. Ed Cooley does a good job keeping opposing offenses uncomfortable with these changes. Providence wants to slow the game down and make it sloppy.
Butler ranks 7th in the Big East in tempo. Providence ranks 8th in tempo in this league. Neither one of these teams want to push the pace much.
These two teams have played each other twice in the last two weeks. I tend to think that helps the defenses since they have a lot of recent video to look at the opponents offensive sets.
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden. It's been the most consistent under venue in college basketball. The under is 67-45-2 in postseason NCAA BB games at MSG. The under improves to 57-33 (62.2%) when the total is 127.5 or higher in a postseason game here.
The fact that these two just played a high scoring game against each other gives us some line value. This game means more to both teams.
Take the under.