Providence at Texas 12/21/18 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:16 AM ET

Providence at Texas 12/21/18 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

The Providence Friars visit Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Friday to play the Texas Longhorns. The Friars improved to 9-3 on the season following a 73-43 throttling of Albany on Tuesday. Alpha Diallo led the Friars with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The win was Providence’s second straight and sixth in its last seven.

Texas improved its record to 7-3 thanks to a 98-60 rout of Grand Canyon. Kerwin Roach led the Longhorns in the 38-point rout with 15 points while handing out five assists. Texas has now won back to back games after snapping a three-game losing streak. Alpha Diallo is the leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 17.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for Providence. A.J. Reeves is the second leading scorer with an average of 14.2 points per game. Diallo leads the Friars in assists as well with an average of 3.5 per game. Providence is shooting 45.0% from the field and 38.9% from 3-point territory.

Kerwin Roach II leads the Longhorns in scoring, is second in rebounding and first in assists with averages of 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. The second leading scorer and leading rebounder is Dylan Osetkowski with averages of 10.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Texas is shooting 43.0% from the field and 32.9% from 3-point territory.

While the Longhorns will use their home court advantage to win outright, the Friars will stay close enough to cover the number. Providence has covered the number in 6 of its last 7 on the road, 4 of its last 5 overall and 6 of its last 8 versus an opponent with a winning percentage above .600. Final Score Prediction, Texas Longhorns win but fall short ATS 74-67.

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