Another matchup of unbeaten teams will occur on Friday night in southern California as Kris Dunn and the Providence Friars will take on Gabe York and the No. 11 Arizona Wildcats in the semifinals of the 2015 Wooden Legacy event. The Friars and Wildcats moved on to the semifinals on Thanksgiving night with wins over the Evansville Purple Aces and Santa Clara Broncos.
The Friars got major contributions out of their superstar point guard Dunn as well as sophomore big man Ben Bentil who dropped a career-high 24 points against the Purple Aces. Ed Cooley's bunch has now started the year 5-0 for three consecutive seasons, a feat having not been accomplished at all prior to Cooley's tenure in the 21st century. They will look to go to 6-0, which would match their start from the 2014-15 season.
Arizona, meanwhile, survived a 44-point outburst by Santa Clara guard Jared Brownridge. The Wildcats escaped with a 75-73 victory in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Wooden Legacy to remain unbeaten. With the win last night, Arizona has started 5-0 for the fourth consecutive season and has now accomplished the feat in five of the last six seasons. The leading man for the 'Cats in the scoring department on Thursday night was Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson, who scored 17 points.
How to watch, listen or stream
Game Time: 11:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Streaming is available via the WatchESPN app where available.
Radio: WEEI 103.7 FM (Providence) || Arizona IMG Sports Network || Arizona Radio Affiliates
Odds: Arizona opened as a 6.5-point favorite via OddsShark. The line has moved down to either 5 or 5.5 points depending on where you look.
Records ATS: Providence is 3-2 ATS this season, while Arizona is a meager 1-4.
O/U: The O/U started at 141 via OddsShark. Elsewhere at the Mirage it's at 141.5, while others have it at 142.
Moneylines: Providence's moneyline opened at +205. Other locations now have it at +185, +186, +190 and +200.
Arizona, meanwhile, opened at -235. Other locations currently have the Wildcats at -210, -214, -215, -220, -225, -235, and -240.
Arizona coverage, you can check out Pacific Takes or Arizona Desert Swarm, SB Nation's UofA blog.
Providence, meanwhile, follow our Friars guy, Mike Hopkins (@pcbb1917). Kevin McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33) of the Providence Journal is also recommended, as well as @FriarFrenzy.