Halftime Report

Providence fell flat on their face against the Golden Eagles last Wednesday, but memory of that harsh loss doesn't seem to have tripped them up today. A win is still up for grabs for either team after one quarter, but Providence is up 37-34 over the Wildcats.

Providence came into the game with some extra motivation after the defeat they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

Who's Playing

Villanova Wildcats @ Providence Friars

Current Records: Villanova 16-12, Providence 18-10

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Amica Mutual Pavilion -- Providence, Rhode Island
  • TV: FOX
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Ticket Cost: $132.60

What to Know

We've got another exciting Big East matchup on schedule as the Villanova Wildcats and the Providence Friars are set to tip at 12:00 p.m. ET on March 2nd at Amica Mutual Pavilion. Villanova will be strutting in after a win while the Friars will be stumbling in from a defeat.

Winning is just a little bit easier when your three-point shooting is a whole 21.2% better than the opposition, a fact Villanova proved on Tuesday. They put a hurting on the Hoyas at home to the tune of 75-47. The victory was just what Villanova needed coming off of a 78-54 loss in their prior contest.

Villanova's win was the result of several impressive offensive performances. One of the most notable came from Eric Dixon, who scored 22 points along with six rebounds. Dixon hasn't dropped below 20 points for three straight games. Mark Armstrong was another key contributor, scoring 12 points along with six assists and two steals.

Meanwhile, after a string of three wins, Providence's good fortune finally ran out on Wednesday. They suffered a painful 91-69 loss at the hands of the Golden Eagles. Providence was in a tough position after the first half, with the score already sitting at 50-26.

Even though the team lost, they still had their share of impressive performances. One of the best came from Ticket Gaines, who scored 15 points along with five rebounds and two blocks. He didn't help Providence's cause all that much against the Musketeers last Wednesday but the same can't be said for this game. Another player making a difference was Devin Carter, who scored 18 points along with five assists and five rebounds.

The Wildcats pushed their record up to 16-12 with that win, which was their fourth straight at home. As for the Friars, their loss dropped their record down to 18-10.

Villanova will be fighting an uphill battle on Saturday as the experts have pegged them as the 2.5-point underdog.

Villanova strolled past the Friars when the teams last played back in February by a score of 68-50. The rematch might be a little tougher for Villanova since the team won't have the home-court advantage this time around. We'll see if the change in venue makes a difference.


Providence is a slight 2.5-point favorite against Villanova, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 2.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is 134 points.

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Series History

Villanova has won 6 out of their last 10 games against Providence.

  • Feb 04, 2024 - Villanova 68 vs. Providence 50
  • Feb 18, 2023 - Providence 85 vs. Villanova 72
  • Jan 29, 2023 - Providence 70 vs. Villanova 65
  • Mar 01, 2022 - Villanova 76 vs. Providence 74
  • Feb 15, 2022 - Villanova 89 vs. Providence 84
  • Mar 06, 2021 - Providence 54 vs. Villanova 52
  • Jan 23, 2021 - Villanova 71 vs. Providence 56
  • Feb 29, 2020 - Providence 58 vs. Villanova 54
  • Jan 25, 2020 - Villanova 64 vs. Providence 60
  • Mar 14, 2019 - Villanova 73 vs. Providence 62