Gary Parish thinks the NCAA tournament field should be cut in half after the carnage of bubble teams piled up over the past few days. What do you say Friars — Let’s bring some respect back to that bubble (and get off it in the process with a win)!
TV: ESPN2 (Hooray!)
GAMBLING AND PREDICTIONS
Spread: Villanova -10.5 [ProvidenceStats Twitter]
Ken Pomeroy: Villanova W, 86-72 (87% confidence)
CBS Sportsline: Villanova W, 84-72
AROUND THE WEB
On Thursday, March 5 the Friars will play at No. 11 Villanova. The Friars have posted a 34-49 mark all-time versus the Wildcats. The Friars are 21-17 at home, 11-25 on the road and 2-7 on neutral courts all-time against Villanova. The two teams fi rst met on February 15, 1926 with the Friars earning a 46-37 win in Providence. Earlier this season, Villanova defeated PC, 94-91, on February 4 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Wildcats have won the last six games between the two teams. PC’s last win over Villanova was a 100-74 victory on February 11, 2004 at Villanova.
The Friar players can’t get away from hearing about their postseason fate. Friends and family are telling the Friars (18-11, 10-7) what they want to hear. The rest of the basketball world is telling them they’d better win at 11th-ranked Villanova (24-6, 12-5) Thursday night in order to rest easy.
The last time Villanova lost at the Pavilion was Jan. 6, 2007 (73-65, to DePaul). The Wildcats have played there 27 times since then, 12 against Big East opponents.
ESPN.com: Providence vs. Villanova
Villanova can help its chances at securing a double-bye in the Big East tournament with a win in its regular season finale Thursday night against Providence.
The Friars, losers of six straight to the No. 11 Wildcats, have just as much at stake, however, as they look to add to their credentials for an NCAA tournament bid.
The Sports Network: Wildcats and Friars mix it up in Big East action
The 11th-ranked Villanova Wildcats welcome the Providence Friars to town for the second meeting of the season between the Big East Conference rivals. Villanova squeaked by Providence in a 94-91 final back on February 4th, and the Wildcats hold a 49-34 lead in the all-time series between the two teams
OffshoreInsiders.com: Providence-Villanova Odds Preview
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Providence’s last 7 games when playing Villanova
Providence is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Villanova
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Providence’s last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Providence’s last 15 games
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Providence
Villanova is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Villanova’s last 7 games when playing Providence
Villanova is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
SBRForum.com: Providence, Villanova meet in regular-season finale
Providence has one final chance to impress the NCAA Tournament Committee in the regular season.
Villanova Viewpoint: Providence @ #11 Villanova Preview – BE Regular Season Finale
Jay Wright is 8-4 lifetime against Providence, since he took the helm of the Wildcats in the 2001-02 season… Villanova will be looking to sweep the season series from the Friars
I Bleed Blue and White: preGame: #11 Villanova vs. Providence
Villanova is coming off of it’s best defensive performance of the season, and if you include the Georgetown loss, seems to have rediscovered it’s defensive intensity. That couldn’t come at a better time as Providence comes into town. The Friars put up 91 points in the last meeting. A win tonight ensures a double-bye in the Big East Tournament.
VUHoops: Game 31: vs. Providence
Villanova puts its 24-6 season record on the line Thursday night as the Wildcats host Providence in the last game of the regular season.