Seton Hall Pirates (12-5) vs Providence Friars (10-6)Date : 01/14/2019
Time : 6:30 PM
Location : Dunkin' Donuts Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Seton Hall Pirates vs Providence Friars
The Providence Friars return home to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center after playing on the road in their latest outing and they will take on the Seton Hall Pirates in a Big East clash, the opening tipoff is slated for 6:00 PM. Seton Hall has gotten off to a fairly good start in Big East play as they sit at 3-2 while Providence has NCAA Tournament talent but sit last in the Big East with a 0-3 record.
Seton Hall Pirates's Latest Performance :
Seton Hall has continued to grow as a program under Kevin Willard as they will be seeking their 4th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance come March, and they have done a good job during the early portion of Big East play as they have started 3-2 which is good enough for 3rd place in the standings. The Pirates come into this matchup fresh off a loss on the road against arguably the best team in the Big East as they went to the wire against Marquette 70-66. Seton Hall has a sensational guard in Myles Powell and the junior was able to continue his high level of play in their latest outing as he contributed 21 points and 9 rebounds. Powell has continued to grow his NBA prospect status as he averages 22.6 PPG which is good for 2nd in the conference behind Marquette’s guard Markus Howard. Joining Powell in the backcourt is junior guard Quincy McKnight and he contributed nicely against the Golden Eagles as he had 13 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds which are all numbers well above his season average of 9.1 PPG, 3.5 APG, and 2.8 RPG. The top forward for the Pirates is the sophomore from the country of Georgia in Sandro Mamukelashvili as he contributes an average of 9.8 PPG and 7.3 RPG, and he was very active against the Golden Eagles with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Seton Hall currently only has 1 player who averages more than 10+ PPG which could be a problem come March as talented teams will shut down Powell and force the other guys to contribute.
Providence Friars's Latest Performance :
The Providence Friars have been to the NCAA Tournament in 5 consecutive seasons and although they have started off Big East play 0-3 I wouldn’t expect an Ed Cooley led team to go away as they have a solid lineup who should be a contender. Providence added to their losing streak this past weekend as they went on the road and lost to the Georgetown Hoyas 96-90 in double OT. Leading the way for the Friars was junior guard Alpha Diallo who was able to record a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds while he also contributed 6 assists. Diallo has easily been the top player for Ed Cooley and company as he averages 17.4 PPG and 8.8 RPG which should land him in contention for the Big East player of the year. The Friars have missed the production from their 2nd leading scorer as A.J. Reeves is still out with an injury which is a big hit as the freshman contributed 14.2 PPG. Providence was able to find some success down low with their starting center in Nate Watson as the sophomore was able to record 21 points and 7 rebounds, Watson is having a fairly good season as he is averaging 10.6 PPG and 5.6 RPG. The bench has been one of the better units in the Big East and we saw that on display against the Hoyas as Drew Edwards contributed 19 points and 5 rebounds while Isaiah Jackson pitched in 13 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds.
How Seton Hall Pirates & Providence Friars Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Seton Hall is 7-9 ATS, 3-2 ATS on the road.
Providence is 7-9 ATS, 4-6 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Seton Hall ranks 153rd in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 75.1 PPG while Providence ranks 164th as they score an average of 74.7 PPG.
Providence ranks 137th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 69.8 PPG while Seton Hall ranks 150th as they hold opponents to an average of 70.3 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Providence Friars
My reason for the pick :
If you look at the standings you may think that Seton Hall is significantly better than Providence but that is not true as I see these teams about even with maybe even an advantage to the Friars. Myles Powell is an electric guard for the Pirates but after him, there is not much certainty where the points will come from. Providence has just as good as a guard in Alpha Diallo and I think his length will effect Powell slightly as Diallo is 6’7 and Powell is 6’2. I think Providence also has a major advantage down low in Nate Watson as Seton Hall hasn’t shown anything special in their frontcourt. Edwards and Jackson will come off the bench and give much-needed sparks to the Friars and they will eventually lead them to a win at home where they are 7-3 this season.
Betting trends for Seton Hall Pirates:
- Seton Hall is 1-3 ATS after a loss this season.
Betting trends for Providence Friars:
- Providence is 24-19 ATS in Big East games since 2016.