Seton Hall (12-4 SU; 11-4 ATS) @ Providence (11-7 SU; 7-10 ATS)
Time: Noon ET
Venue: Dunkin Donuts Center
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Spread: Seton Hall -1
The Seton Hall Pirates travel to Providence, Rhode Island to tangle with the Providence Friars in a Big East Conference showdown this Saturday. Seton Hall enters this one .500 in Big East play (2-2), but winners of eight of their last ten. To the contrary, the Friars return home after a devastating 64-63 loss at DePaul. Not much has gone right for Providence lately: the Friars have lost five of their last six, and sit at 1-4 in Big East play. Providence looks to rise from the nadir of the stellar Big East Conference with a quality win versus a quality opponent: Seton Hall.
The Hall’s on cruise control
Seton Hall is looking like one of the upper-echelon teams in the stout Big East Conference once again. The Pirates site at 12-4 (2-2 Big East), and are winners of eight of their last ten decisions. In Big East play, they’ve held serve at home defeating: Marquette (69-66) and DePaul (87-56). However, on the road, they’ve been less fortunate. Seton Hall’s lost at: Creighton (89-75) and Marqutte (89-86 OT). Certainly, there’s no shame in either Big East Conference road loss, especially at Creighton. Will the Pirates be able to exorcise their road demons at the expense of the reeling Friars?
A formidable quartet of upperclassmen lead the way for the Hall: Khadeen Carrington (18.9 points per game), Desi Rodriguez (16.4 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game), Angel Delgado (14.9 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per game) and Myles Powell (10.4 points per game). Delgado has been unstoppable, and is the fourth best rebounder in College Basketball. He’s recorded a double-double in 80% of Seton Hall’s games this year. As a team, the Hall averages 77.6 points per game, while allowing only 69.7 points per game. Needless to say, the Pirates are one of the best rebounding teams in the country, averaging 40.9 boards per game (T-13th in the nation). This bodes well for them facing one of the worst rebounding teams in the country: Providence. History is also on Seton Hall’s side. Last season, the Hall defeated Providence twice: 81-72 on the road and 70-52 at home. A similar cast of ballers aim to make the third time the charm at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Providence’s woes continue
Providence returns home after a debilitating 64-63 loss at perennial cellar-dweller: DePaul. The Friars controlled the game throughout, and possessed an eight point lead with less than five minutes remaining. However, it wasn’t enough as the home crowd propelled the Blue Demons to their first Big East win of the year in epic, comeback fashion. This one really hurts as it puts the Friars in the basement of the Big East Conference with Georgetown. Providence has lost five of six, and four of their first five Big East Conference games. After defeating Georgetown 76-70 to kick-off Conference play, the Friars have lost four straight: 82-56 at Xavier, 78-61 at Butler, 78-64 versus Creighton and 64-63 at DePaul.
A quartet of Friars look to right the ship this weekend: Rodney Bullock (17.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game), Emmitt Holt (13.4 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game), Jalen Lindsey (10.3 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game) and Kyron Cartwright (9.2 points per game and 6.8 assists per game). As a team, the Friars average 69.2 points per game (275th in the nation), but allow just 64.3 points per game (T-32nd in the country). In Big East play, Providence’s Achilles’ heel has been their inability to score the rock. They’re averaging only 64 points per game in Conference play. Not to mention, Providence is severely undersized. Consequently, the Friars struggle in the rebounding department, averaging only 33.7 boards per game (T-303rd in the nation). Facing off against one of the most prolific rebounder’s in the nation, the Friars are going to have to put forth a monumental effort to combat their adversary.
- Pirates are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Providence.
- Pirates are 22-6-1 ATS in their last 29 Saturday games.
- Pirates are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 vs. Big East.
- Pirates are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Pirates are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games.
- Friars are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings with Seton Hall at home.
- Friars are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up loss.
- Friars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Friars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Friars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East.
- Friars are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Friars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Winning on the road in the Big East is always an arduous task. This is why this line has started so low, but slightly favors Seton Hall. Providence started the year off with such promise, but accrued ugly losses against Boston College and DePaul. The Friars are trending downward, while the Hall’s heading upward. This is a really rough match-up for the Friars too. Seton Hall is substantially better offensively and on the boards. Defensively, both teams are commensurately solid. Providence has nobody who can stop Desi Rodriguez, so expect him to post another double-double here. As much as it pains us to support a road team in a conference game, we must do so in this instance. Expect Seton Hall to steal one on the road, decisively.