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Providence vs. Rider 2017: Time, TV channel, watch online, odds, preview

The Friars face off with the Broncs on Wednesday night.

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Watch, Stream and Listen

Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV: Fox Sports Network

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Odds and Ends

Spread: Providence is favored by 17.5 points, according to OddsShark.

Total: The O/U opened at 152. It’s up to 152.5, 153 in some locations.

Records ATS: Rider (3-1) | Providence (2-3)

All-Time Series: Providence is 3-1 all time against Rider. The last time the two played at the Dunk, Providence won 73-65 in 2015.

What to Watch For

The Providence Friars come into this game on a four-game win streak, fresh off a 20-point victory over the Boston College Eagles. Senior forward Rodney Bullock finished that game with 20 points, while Kyron Cartwright led the offense and posted near double-double numbers of 14 points and nine assists. As a team, providence shot 55.6% from behind the arc.

The Rider Broncs are coming in off a 94-80 win over Hampton. Freshman guard Jordan Allen led the way with 22 points. Fellow freshman forward Frederick Scott chipped in 15 points. Sophomore guard Stevie Jordan notched a double-double with 14 points, 12 assists and seven boards as well.

Rider’s freshman guards are going to have to battle experienced guards in Cartwright and Alpha Diallo. Rider as a team is smaller, so rebounding should not be an issue for the Friars.

Bullock is going to have his hands full with Jordan Allen, as Allen has played out of his mind recently and is able to contribute in many ways. If Providence is able to penetrate and space the floor, they should do well on offense. In terms of defense, providence needs to defend the arc.

For Rider to win, Allen needs to have another amazing performance along with Scott having a big day on the glass. Look for Rider to compete heavily on both ends and try to tire out the starters. Providence’s bench has been playing well so far, and getting them in early may slow them down.