Kentucky vs. Providence Odds, Opening Spread, Predictions for 2023 NCAA Tournament

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Pictured: Oscar Tshiebwe #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Kentucky vs. Providence Odds

Kentucky Odds-180
Providence Odds+160
Opening Spread/Current SpreadKentucky -3.5/Kentucky -4
Over/Under145
March Madness odds for Kentucky-Providence via bet365.

With the men's 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket finally set, March Madness is officially underway.

Find out how 6-seeded Kentucky and 11-seeded Providence matchup statistically, plus how our college basketball betting experts are projecting this first-round matchup to play out.

Kentucky vs Providence will tip off at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, March 17 on CBS.


Statistical Matchup

KentuckyProvidence
253Tempo195
OFFDEF
150eFG%148
111TO%255
2R%93
137FTR31
DEFOFF
93eFG%130
263TO %83
59R%16
147FTR49
All statistics courtesy of ShotQuality.


Instant Analysis

Kentucky is not the kind of team susceptible to mismatches. The Wildcat wings are versatile, long, and athletic, which should give Hopkins trouble.

On the interior, Providence big man Ed Croswell will have the difficult task of keeping Oscar Tshiebwe out of the paint and off the glass. That may prove impossible, especially if Tshiebwe can get Croswell into foul trouble.

Despite Kentucky’s up-and-down season, I think John Calipari will be pleased to see a back-sliding Providence team in the first round.

— Shane McNichol

For more coverage of the 2023 NCAA Tournament and Selection Sunday, make sure to check out our experts' live reactions to the bracket reveal and the Selection Sunday live show, where you can get their instant analysis on every matchup as well as some early insights to help you make your bets.

Don't forget to print out your 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket, as well — and while you're there, enter the bet 365 Bracket Challenge content for your chance to win up to $10,000,000. Enter for free at actionnetwork.com/bracket.

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