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Providence vs. Connecticut: Odds, predictions, injury report, how to watch

The college basketball season is in full swing and the Big East Conference is heating up as the top-ranked UConn Huskies host the Providence Friars.

Wednesday's matchup is an old-school Big East contest between two schools present since the conference was founded in 1979.

These days, the Huskies are rolling, coming off a 43-point beatdown of Xavier over the weekend. 

Head coach Dan Hurley's team is on a path to their second straight Final Four, where another National Championship could potentially be in the works. 

On the other side, Providence is coming off of an emotional win last Saturday, as they knocked off Georgetown and former head coach Ed Cooley in his first trip back to Rhode Island. 

Can the Friars spring the upset on the road? Let’s get into the odds and predictions for this game.

Providence vs. Connecticut Odds

Providence+650 ML
Connecticut-1000 ML
SpreadConnecticut -13.0
TotalO/U 137.0

Providence vs. Connecticut Information

WhereGampel Pavilion, Storrs, CT
When8:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 31
How to watchFox Sports 1

Providence vs. Connecticut Predictions

Providence +13.0

This is a pretty massive number for the Huskies to be laying against what has been an elite Providence defense this season. 

In fact, the only time Connecticut has covered a number of this magnitude this season came against DePaul, but that shouldn’t be a surprise considering that the Blue Demons are just 3-18 and one of the worst Power 5 teams in the nation. 

Given that Providence ranks 10th in adjusted defensive efficiency per KenPom and Connecticut plays at a fairly slow tempo, the possessions in this game should be limited, which also helps the underdog in this spot. 

The Huskies are also due for a bit of shooting regression, which can be expected to happen against a defensive squad of this caliber - Providence allows 66.1 points per game on average. 

The Friars are 4-0 against the spread in the Big East this season when playing on the road, so look for Providence to cover this inflated number. 

Providence vs. Connecticut Stats

Connecticut is one of the best teams in the nation by any metric, ranking inside the top five in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency metric and 24th in adjusted defensive efficiency. 

On the other side, Providence is an elite defensive team but the Friars have a ton of issues on offense, ranking 135th in adjusted offensive efficiency. 

Connecticut is 12-8 against the spread while Providence is 11-8-1 against the spread.

Providence is 13-7 to the under, while Connecticut is 10-9-1 to the over. 

Providence vs. Connecticut Head-to-Head

Connecticut overall wins31
Providence overall wins20
Ties overallN/A

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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