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Providence hosts Marquette Wednesday evening

This one should be fun!

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The Providence Friars (10-5, 1-1) welcome the Marquette Golden Eagles to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Wednesday evening in the first of two Big East games on the night.

How to watch, listen, or stream

Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: ESPN 540 (Marquette), WEEI 103.7 (Providence)

Streaming: CBS Sports Network only offers streaming on a few obscure cable networks. See if you’re lucky enough to have one of them!


Gamblin’ Info

Providence opened as a 1.5 point favorite but the game has gotten down to a pick ‘em at most places, likely due to Kyron Cartwright’s day to day status. The over/under is set at 151.

[via OddsShark]


Last Year

The Friars swept the Golden Eagles a season ago, winning 79-78 in Milwaukee on January 28 and 73-69 in Providence on February 25.

Marquette has a 16-8 all-time series lead.


Preview

Two of the Big East’s most intriguing teams go to battle Wednesday evening in Friartown, with one big question off the bat: Will Kyron Cartwright play? Cartwright sprained his ankle against Stony Brook December 17, returned for the Friars’ Big East opener against St. John’s (and had a career-high 15 assists), then re-injured the ankle Sunday against Creighton. He’s listed as day-to-day, so it’s likely that he’ll give it a go, but as shown in the St. John’s game, Cartwright is a huge difference maker when he’s 100%.

On the other side, Andrew Rowsey and Markus Howard are still #1 and #2 in the Big East in scoring, something that has never been done before. To have two players averaging over 20 points per game makes an offense that much more potent. It’s even deadlier when Sam Hauser gets hot from outside. Before you know it, Marquette has 55-60 points from just three players. Providence’s three-point defense has been excellent this year, though. If it can continue Wednesday, they can likely take the Golden Eagles down.