Kris Dunn is good at playing basketball.
He is even better at helping his teammates play basketball. The Providence guard is the sparkplug that makes the Friars offense go and while he may not lead the team in scoring this year (that honor belongs to Ben Bentil), Dunn is a big reason why other players are getting the ball in the hoop.
Now Dunn and the Friars are taking their offense to the national stage with a first round matchup against USC on Thursday night.
It’s another close 8 vs. 9 tilt that has plenty of potential for on-court dramatics. Read on for a complete breakdown of the game, including live stream options and a look at odds.
Date: Thursday, March 17
Time: 9:50 p.m. ET
Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
TV Channel: TBS
Live Stream: Click here for a complete live stream breakdown
Line: Providence – 1.5 via OddsShark
Game Preview: USC and Providence haven’t met on the court in over four decades, but this one might have been worth the wait.
Although both teams are coming off losses, they’ve each weathered their respective conference storms and there’s plenty of reason to expect that this matchup is going to be pretty darn good.
Providence junior guard Kris Dunn has posted seven double-doubles this season and he’s a major reason why Ben Bentil is scoring a team-best 21.2 points. Bentil also has seven double-doubles of his own this season and is a beast on the boards, averaging 7.8 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile, keep an eye on Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin. The sophomore is packing his stat line with 13.4 points, 4.7 assists and leads the team with 51 steals this year.
USC is averaging just over 80 points per game this year, but the Friars defense has been strong all season, giving up, on average, just 69.7 points per game.
See, totally worth the 40 year wait.