Big East Tournament Quarterfinal Betting Picks (Thursday, March 12): Butler vs. Providence, Marquette vs. Seton Hall
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The quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament are set for play Thursday. While the top two seeds Creighton and Villanova awaited their respective opponents on Wednesday night, the other two matchups were already set.
We take a closer look at these two predetermined matchups between Butler and Providence, as well as Marquette and Seton Hall.
Thursday Big East Tournament Odds & Picks
Butler vs. Providence
- Spread: Butler -1.5
- Over/Under: 131
- Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
- TV: Fox Sports 1
Butler (22-9) ended the regular season on a high note and enters into the Big East Tournament on a three-game winning streak. The Bulldogs won their last game in dramatic fashion, as Kamar Baldwin hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left at Xavier. Baldwin finished the game with a career-high 36 points on 52% shooting from the field.
The Bulldogs at times have been too reliant on Baldwin. For example, they won at Xavier because of his heroics but the fact remains he matched the point total of the rest of the team. Baldwin has attempted more than double the field goal attempts of all but one teammate, Sean McDermott. The sharp-shooting McDermott is the only other starter averaging in double figures at 11.7 points per game.
Providence (19-12) is arguably the hottest team in the conference. It enters the conference tournament on a six-game winning streak, including wins over three ranked teams. The Friars are 5-0 in their last five games against Top 25 opponents. With a top-40 NET ranking and seven wins against Quadrant 1 opponents, Providence has to be feeling pretty good about their at-large NCAA Tournament chances.