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Butlers season likely over after blowout loss to Providence in Big East tournament
For Wednesday, the model knows that Kamar Baldwin will be a key for Butler. The third-year starter leads Butler in scoring this season (17.5 points) and has plenty of experience playing under pressure in March, having led Butler to NCAA Tournament appearances the past two seasons. In the eight conference tournament and NCAA Tournament games he has played, he has averaged 15.8 points. He had a 32-point performance against Seton Hall in last years Big East Tournament and a 24-point, nine-rebound, five-assist performance in an NCAA Tournament victory over Arkansas.
Baldwin has been a load for Providence to handle this season, averaging 21 points, five rebounds and three steals in two meetings. If Butler can get supplementary scoring from players like Paul Jorgensen and Sean McDermott, Baldwin has what it takes to lead his team to victory.
However, the Friars also have a strong chance to cover the Butler vs. Providence spread in the 2019 Big East Tournament.
The Wildcats are currently projected as a #6 seed for the NCAA Tournament in ESPNs latest version of Bracketology, and they dropped two spots to 25th in the country in the latest AP Top 25. Villanova scored 75 points in each of their last two games, and they are averaging 74.6 points on the season, ranking them 121st in the country. The Wildcats are holding opponents to 67.1 points, placing them 61st overall.
Despite entering as underdogs, the Friars swept the season series, with both wins coming in the past two weeks. Providence beat Butler on the road in overtime 73-67 on Feb. 26 and then beat them 83-70 in their own building to finish the regular season on March 9.
In the first win, the Friars used stifling defense to hold Butler to 32 percent shooting. Less than two weeks later, they hit 58 percent of their 3-point attempts to win an up-tempo game. In both games, Providence won the battle on the boards, with a total rebounding margin of plus-25.
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Share Share How to watch Villanova vs. Providence tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Providence was downright dominant in their Wednesday night victory over Butler, and theyll get the reward of #1 seed Villanova on short rest. While Nova did the double over the Friars during the regular season, both games were odd in nature.
In the first meeting, Villanova jumped out to a huge lead before letting Providence make a run late. The reverse happened in the second outing – a close affair was blown open by Villanova at the finishing stage.
BUTLER (16-16): McDermott 0-3 0-0 0, Fowler 2-5 1-2 6, Jorgensen 3-10 0-0 7, Baldwin 4-10 0-0 8, Thompson 5-5 1-3 12, Golden 1-2 0-0 2, Tucker 5-11 0-0 14, David 1-2 0-0 2, Brunk 2-4 2-2 6, Donovan 0-1 0-0 0, Baddley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 4-7 57.
What will Thursdays matinee hold? Villanova is playing for NCAA Tournament seeding, while the Friars need to take home the Big East Tournament trophy if they are going to go dancing next week.