Big East Tournament Preview: Butler vs. Providence

Madison Square Garden saw some thrilling basketball in Wednesday night’s opener of the Big East Tournament. St. John’s closed the game on a 23-0 run to knock out Georgetown, while Xavier had their NCAA Tournament hopes slashed by DePaul. Will Thursday bring that same level of excitement? The WagerTalk TV crew offers their Butler vs. Providence preview and prediction.

Date/Time: 03-12-2020, 14:30 EDT
Opening Spread: Butler -1
Opening Total: 129.5

Providence enters the Big East Tournament on a six-game winning streak, including an impressive road win at Villanova. These two teams split the regular season series with each team winning on the other’s home court. Providence knocked Butler out of last year’s Big East Tournament. The Friars have the league’s best 3-point defense, and in a game at Madison Square Garden which notoriously features poor shooting, that defense could be an important key to this game.

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