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Providence Friars vs. Seton Hall Pirates Big East Tournament Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/14/14

Seton Hall Pirates (17-16) at Providence Friars (21-11)

College Basketball: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Providence Friars -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports One

The Seton Hall Pirates look to keep their post season run alive as they face off against the Providence Friars in Big East semifinal action Friday at 7PM on Fox Sports One.

Seton Hall rolls into Friday play after a stunning upset of top seeded Villanova 64-63.  The Pirates played a great all around game in this one and actually led throughout before Villanova twice took the lead in the final minutes before the Pirates answered.  With 7 seconds remaining, guard Sterling Gibbs, fresh off an 0-4 night last night, penetrated and stepped back for a 18 footer at the buzzer that won the game.  Gibbs finished with 10 points and 6 assists in 35 minutes off the bench.  Gene Teague had another rock solid game in the post with 19 and 12 and the Pirates continue to show that they are for real with a healthy Teague in the lineup.  The only hope for a tournament berth for the Pirates is to win the big east tournament, but they find themselves two wins away from that goal.

Providence Friars  vs. Seton Hall Pirates Big East Tournament Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/14/14

Providence got a huge win on Thursday as they were able to get past host St. John’s 79-74 behind a career game from unsuspecting standout Josh Fortune.  Fortune finished with a team high 24 points and hit 4 threes in key spots as the Johnnies had focused all their attention on shutting down Bryce Cotton.  Cotton finished with just 12 points on 1-10 shooting.  Good news for the Friars is that Cotton rarely puts together back to back poor shooting nights so their remains a strong chance he will come to play tomorrow.  Batts and Henton were their usual productive selves, finishing with 29 points and 25 rebounds combined.  Tyler Harris chipped in 10 boards as well.

This game should be interesting as these teams are long time rivals and rarely find themselves in semifinal action in Big East play.  The two split in the regular season with a 2OT thriller and a 5 points contest a few weeks later.  While Seton Hall is riding high, I continue to be amazed by the production and consistency of the Friars top 6 players -- who share most all the minutes for this thin roster.  I like the Friars experience and a bounce back game from Cotton to be the difference here as Providence moves to the conference final with the cover.

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