Providence Friars (4-2) at Seton Hall Pirates (5-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -4 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Providence Friars and the Seton Hall Pirates meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Prudential Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Providence Friars will look to build on back-to-back wins to get above .500 after improving to 4-2 on the year with a 79-70 win over TCU last time out. David Duke led the Friars with 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting with 5 threes and 7 assists while Nate Watson added 18 points on 8 of 13 shooting as the only other double-digit scorer for Providence in the losing effort while also adding 8 rebounds. Jared Bynum had a team-high 8 assists while Noah Horchler also had 8 rebounds and Greg Gantt has 7 points with 3 assists and 3 steals. Duke leads Providence in scoring with an average of 19.7 points per game while Horchler is Providence’s top rebounder with 6.2 rebounds per game and Bynum leads the Friars in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Providence is averaging 74.5 points on 46.4% shooting from the field, 24.3% from 3-point range and 71.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.3 points on 45% shooting from the field and 33.9% from 3-point range this season.
The Seton Hall Pirates will look to add to their current four-game winning streak after a 70-63 win over Marquette last time out. Sandro Mamukelashvili led the Pirates with 17 points on 6 of 16 shooting with 6 rebounds, a team-high 7 assists and 3 steals while James Rhoden added 16 points with a team-high 8 rebounds. Myles Cale and Shavar Reynolds chipped in 11 points apiece with Cale hitting 3 threes with 4 rebounds while Reynolds added 4 rebounds and 4 assists as well in the victory for Seton Hall. Mamukelashvili leads the Pirates in scoring with 20 points per game while Rhoden leads the Pirates in rebounding with 7.5 rebounds per game and Reynolds leads Seton Hall in assists with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 76.5 points on 46% shooting from the field, 36.4% from 3-point range and 71.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.3 points on 42.9% shooting from the field and 32.7% from 3-point range this season.
Providence is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Seton Hall is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record.
I get why Seton Hall is favored at home, but the Pirates haven’t looked dominant at home like we saw from the Pirates last season. Providence is by no means a world beater, but they’ve got the experience to make life difficult on the Pirates and I honestly could see this being a 1-2 point game in the end so I’ll take my chances with Providence and the points in this one.