Providence vs South Dakota State: 2022 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: Big East Conference Tournament-Providence vs Butler
Mar 10, 2022; New York, NY, USA; The Providence Friars bench reacts after Providence Friars guard Al Durham (1) makes a three point shot for the lead in the second half against the Butler Bulldogs at the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 4 Providence Friars vs. No. 13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits

How to Watch:

  • Date: Thursday, March 17
  • Time: 12:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
  • TV: truTV
  • Live Stream:

Tale of the Tape:

Big East Conference Summit
25-5 Record 30-4
71.8 (172nd) Points Per Game 86.7 (3rd)
67.0 Points Allowed Per Game 73.4
0.6233 (13th) RPI 0.5917 (38th)
56th Strength of Schedule 243rd
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Providence leaders:

Mar 1, 2022; Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA; Friars guard Jared Bynum (4) dribbles the ball against Villanova Wildcats forward Brandon Slater (3) during the first half at William B. Finneran Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
  • Nate Watson C, SR: 13.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 55.8% FG
  • Jared Bynum, G, JR: 12.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 41.7% 3PT

South Dakota State leaders:

Mar 8, 2022; Sioux Falls, SD, USA; Jackrabbits guard Baylor Scheierman (3) and North Dakota State Bison guard Boden Skunberg (21) in the first half at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
  • Douglas Wilson, F, SR: 16.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.0% 3PT
  • Baylor Scheierman, G, SO: 16.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 47.3% 3PT

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • SDSU Moneyline: +115
  • PROV Moneyline: -135
  • Spread: PROV -2
  • Over/Under: 150
  • ATS Record: PROV 17-13, SDSU 17-14-1
  • Over/Under Record: PROV 16-14, SDSU 17-15

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.


The Pick:

  • The fact that this spread is so close between a 4-seed and a 13-seed should tell you everything you need to know and exactly why the Jackrabbits were listed as one of our first-round upset best bets.
  • Providence ranks as the luckiest team in the country according to KenPom’s metrics, which is indicative of the inconsistent nature of the Friars. The best evidence of that may have been the 85-58 beatdown they suffered against Creighton in the Big East semifinals.
  • The Jackrabbits are one of the best offenses in the country. They rank 1st in three-point field goal percentage and are 12th in KemPom’s offensive efficiency metrics. They could be a tough challenge for a Friars team that ranks 79th in defensive efficiency but is pretty good against the three, ranking 58th in the country, allowing just 31.2% from beyond the arc.
  • The Friars are also going to want to play slow, with the 273rd ranked adjusted tempo, while the Jackrabbits will want to run, with the 59th-ranked adjusted tempo. Whichever team is able to impose its will is likely to determine the outcome here, but given Providence’s inconsistency and struggles on defense, this might be a strong upset pick.

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