Seton Hall Pirates (18-9) at Providence Friars (17-10)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 21, 2018, 6:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Providence Friars -1.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5
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The Seton Hall Pirates will travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to take on the Providence Friars this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Seton Hall Pirates snapped a 4-game losing streak and improved to 18-9 (7-7 Big East) on the season after defeating the DePaul Blue Demons, 82-77, this past Sunday. Seton Hall dominated DePaul on the boards and held off a l ate DePaul charge after taking a 75-66 lead with 2:08 left in regulation. Seton Hall shot 43.1% from the field and outrebounded DePaul by a 48-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Pirates was Desi Rodriguez who had 33 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Seton Hall is averaging 79.2 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Pirates are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Seton Hall has been led by Desi Rodriguez (18.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Myles Powell (15.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Khadeen Carrington (13.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Angel Delgado (13.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 3.0 apg). Defensively, Seton Hall is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Providence Friars dropped to 17-10 (8-6 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Butler Bulldogs, 69-54, this past Saturday. Providence struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Butler took a 57-43 lead with 7:17 left in regulation. Providence shot just 30.0% from the field and 28.6% (8-28) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Friars was Alpha Diallo who had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Providence is averaging 74.3 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Friars are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Providence has been led by Rodney Bullock (14.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 bpg), Alpha Diallo (12.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Kyron Cartwright (10.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.2 spg), and Jalen Lindsey (9.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Providence is allowing their opponents to average 72.4 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Friars have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Pirates are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Friars are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Seton Hall has lost 6 of their last 9 games and although they have an offense that can put points up on the board as they rank 60th in scoring offense and 79th in FG%, the Pirates have struggled defensively and come into this matchup ranked 205th in scoring defense. Providence has lost 4 of their last 7 games and has been average on both sides of the ball this season as the Friars currently rank 167th in scoring offense and 177th in scoring defense. Providence has struggled overall over the past few weeks, however, the Friars did have a nice upset victory over Villanova at home and as the Friars are in desperate need for a win to help their NCAA chances, I think the Friars do enough on their home court to cover this small spread.