The Providence Friars take the court against Maine looking for their tenth win of the 2016-17 season Tuesday evening. If the Friars win, it will mark their fourth straight season with at least ten wins going into Big East play.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1 (Rich Ackerman, Vin Parise)
Radio: WEEI 103.7 Providence
Live Stream: FOX Sports Go (Where available)
The Friars come into this game favored by 23.5 points. The over/under is anywhere between 137 and 138, depending on the site. Both numbers are per OddsShark.
Providence is one of the Big East’s better teams against the spread this season, at 8-3.
Providence and Maine have met 12 times, and the Friars are 11-1 in the 12 meetings. Maine’s lone win came in 2000.
The Friars are going to win this game. That’s a foregone conclusion. Maine has lost to the likes of LIU-Brooklyn and Central Connecticut this year. The important things to watch for the Friars are what final tuneups they make in their penultimate nonconference affair. One of Maine’s strong points has been defensive rebounding, while one of Providence’s weaknesses has been offensive rebounding. So, while the Friars are clearly the better team, they have a chance to try and improve upon a weak spot.
Maine also is one of the 55 worst teams in the nation at defending three-pointers. Providence is one of the 20 best in the nation at shooting three-pointers. If the Friars get hot from outside, it will be an even longer night for the Black Bears. Providence hasn’t reached the 100-point mark under Ed Cooley, but Tuesday might be the night.