Game Time: 6:10 pm ET, Saturday, March 19, 2022
Venue: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
Where to Watch: TNT
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Richmond +2.5, Providence -2.5; Over/Under: 134 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Richmond +2.5, Providence -2.5; Over/Under: 134.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Richmond +2.5, Providence -2.5; Over/Under: 134.5 points
Richmond Spiders: 24-12 (6th place, A10)
Providence Friars: 26-5 (1st place, Big East)
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Richmond Spiders vs Providence Friars Preview and Analysis
Richmond Spiders: 5-0 last 5
Providence Friars: 3-2 last 5
Richmond Spiders Analysis
Richmond is coming into this game with a 24-12 record overall and they are 6-3 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. Their last loss was against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies but they have gone on a 5 game winning streak since then with wins coming against the Rhode Island Rams, the VCU Rams, the Dayton Flyers, the Davidson Wildcats, and the Iowa Hawkeyes in their last game. Jacob Gilyard led the team in points in that game with 24 while Tyler Burton was next on the team with 18 points. Gilyard led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Burton led the team in rebounds with 11. They were 42.1% from the field, 29.4% from 3-point range, and 87.5% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 71.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 PPG against them. Richmond has an ATS record of 17-18-1 this season and their O/U record is 15-21.
Providence Friars Analysis
Providence is coming into this game with a 26-5 record overall and they are 3-2 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Creighton Bluejays while their 2 wins in that span came against the Butler Bulldogs and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in their last game. Noah Horchler and Aljami Durham both led the team in points in that game with 13 while Jared Bynum off the bench was next on the team with 12 points. Aljami Durham led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Horchler and Ed Croswell both led the team in rebounds with 9 each. They were 39.3% from the field, 36.4% from 3-point range, and 83.3% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 71.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 66.7 PPG against them. Providence has an ATS record of 18-13 this season and their O/U record is 16-15.
Richmond vs Providence Prediction
Richmond is coming into this game as a 2.5 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. They have won 5 straight games and they are coming off of an upset win in round 1 over the Big Ten champs Iowa. Richmond has gone on a very nice streak recently as they won their conference tourney as the 6 seed by beating out the number 1, 2, and 3 seeds and they went on to upset the number 5 Iowa as a number 12 seed. They are playing very well in their games and they will have a lot of confidence coming into this one. They are going up against a Providence side that has not been playing great in their games recently and they are coming off of a win in their last game against South Dakota State but they had some trouble shaking their number 13 seed in that game and Richmond has been playing much better recently, also playing in a much tougher conference than Providence's last opponent. Richmond has the spirit to go on a run here and they are one of those dark horse teams that could end up getting far. Richmond has done nothing but upset teams recently, even when they are down in their games, they will cover the spread here and win this game straight up.
Richmond Providence Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Saturday, March 19, 2022 (6:10 pm ET start time) is Richmond 64 Providence 59.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
Richmond Spiders: 14-5 ATS against Big East conference opponents. 21-8 UNDER after 2 or more consecutive unders. 31-11 UNDER after a game where they covered the spread.
Providence Friars: 2-11 ATS in all neutral court games. 50-78 ATS after a combined score of 125 points or less. 24-18 UNDER after a game where they covered the spread.
Richmond Spiders: None.
Providence Friars: None.
"I told them it wasn't going to be all perfect, like their careers haven't been perfect. And I said, ‘The reason you came back was to handle adversity. And these guys have done that in a great way all season." - Chris Mooney on his team’s win against Iowa in round 1.
"If luck is the narrative that continues to keep us connected and winning, we'll take it." - Ed Cooley after his team’s win against South Dakota State in round 1.
PPG: T. Burton (16.5)
APG: J. Gilyard (5.6)
Reb/G: T. Burton (7.4)
PPG: N. Watson (13.7)
APG: J. Bynum (4.5)
Reb/G: N. Horchler (8.5)
Richmond Spiders: Chris Mooney (17th season)
Providence Friars: Ed Cooley (11th season)