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Time: 4 p.m. ET
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Spread: Providence opened as an 8-point favorite. The line bumped up to 9.
Records ATS: Providence (8-4) | Boston College (4-6)
The Friars and Eagles have met 110 times prior to Friday afternoon’s tilt. Providence to date holds a 60-50 edge in the all-time series, and the two programs have traded victories in each of the last six meetings.
Inside the Numbers
Will the tradeoffs continue?
Ideally for Providence fans, the back-and-forth nature of this New England rivalry ceases and the Friars handle their business in Chestnut Hill. However, as mentioned, the last six games are split right down the middle, with PC and BC picking up three wins apiece.
Providence hasn’t put together consecutive victories in this annual rivalry since the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In fact, Providence has only engineered win streaks over Boston College three times in the last 20 years - a four gamer from 1993-1996, and a two-gamer from 1997-1998 included with that 06-07 stretch.
For the Friars, it’s integral that this concludes on Friday.
What’s Bullock got cooked up?
The leading scorer in Providence’s 66-51 win over BC last year wasn’t Kris Dunn or Ben Bentil. It was Rodney Bullock, who’s been terrific in the first two months of the 2016-17 season. Bullock’s progression has been one of the main reasons that the Friars are 10-2 as they enter Friday afternoon’s collision, and he will likely be the go-to guy for them when they tackle the Eagles. We’ll see what he can do, but based on what he’s done this year, expect a big outing for the Hampton, Virginia native.
Send it in, Jerome
The key player for Boston College will be Jerome Robinson. Robinson is outpacing every Eagle in points per game, leading the way with a mark of 20.5. The next closest player to Robinson is Ky Bowman, who’s averaged 9.9 points per game. His possession and shot percentages rank among the tops in college basketball per KenPom.com as does his minutes percentage. He’s not the most efficient shooter though, checking in with an eFG% and a TS% of just over 50 and 53 percent respectively. So while his point numbers are way up, the Friars can still stall and frustrate Robinson and his output.