How to Watch
When: 7 p.m
Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center; Providence, RI
Bets are On
Villanova is favored by -9.5, according to Oddsshark.
Villanova leads the all-time series against Providence 62-38. Providence last bested the Wildcats in 2016, defeating ‘Nova at the Wells Fargo Center 82-76 in overtime.
Doing their best to rebound from their second-loss of the season to St. John’s, Villanova managed to scrape a win against Butler on Saturday. Coming into Rhode Island, the Wildcats are aiming to continue their Bounce Back Tour.
Fronted by lead guitarist/National Player of the Year candidate Jalen Brunson (averaging 20.1 points per game; 54% of field goals), ‘Nova will be working to ignite their recently uncharacteristic slow-starting offense. Brunson’s most consistent scoring counterpart has been sophomore Donte DiVincenzo. DiVincenzo’s up-tempo game pace has transformed him into a central figure in grinding through the Wildcats’ shooting stalements, as evident by his 30-point career-high game against Butler.
Providence will be looking to escape their own demons, after being upset 63-80 by DePaul in Chicago on Saturday. Topping the Friars’ offensive efforts, expect Rodney Bullock (averaging 14.6 points per game, shooting 43.4% of field goals) to lead Providence’s come-back campaign. Alpha Diallo joins Bullock in impact-scoring for the Friars, and also leads Providence with 6.4 rebounds per game.