NCAA basketball on Thursday night and we will see the Providence Friars travel to the Newark, New Jersey to take on the Seton Hall Pirates. The game has a start time of 7:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on CBSSN. Vegas odds have the Pirates listed as a 2.5 point favorites, while the total sits at 137.
Analysis: The Providence Friars come in at 18-10 overall and 8-7 in the Big East. The Friars had been on a roll early in the Big East season, but they have since won just 3 of their last 8 games. The Friars come in averaging a modest 72.8 ppg on just 42.4 % shooting overall. One of the things they do well on offense is hit free throws as the are ranked 1st in the nation in that department, hitting 79% of their freebies. The Offense is led by Bryce Cotton, who averages 21.5 ppg, while also hitting 84.4% from the charity stripe. LaDontae Henton (13.2 ppg), Kadeem Batts (12.6 ppg) and Tyler Harris (12.1 ppg) also score in DD for the Friars. Batts Leads the team in rebounds at 7.6 rpg, while Harris is the teams best FT shooter at 86.1%. On defense, the Friars allow 68.6 ppg (130th) on 44.3% shooting (212th).
The Seton Hall pirates are not having a good year in the Big East, where they are just 5-10, while posting a 14-14 mark overall. Seton Hall has lost 2 in a row and 5 of their last 6 games, plus they have lost 3 of their last 4 on this floor. The Pirates average 73.5 ppg overall and 75.8 ppg at home. They are a good shooting team, hitting 46.1% of their shots overall and 47.8% at home. 4 players average in double figures for the Pirates, led by Fuquan Edwin, who scores 15.1 ppg. Sterling Gibbs (13.8 ppg), Brian Olive (11.0 ppg) and Gene Teague (10.3 ppg) round out the DD scorers for the team. Defensively, the Pirates have struggled some, allowing 70.5 ppg (192nd) on 44.5% shooting (223rd).
Pick: Gonna go with the Over here. Seton Hall home games have averaged 146.8 ppg, while Providence road games have put up 138.7 ppg this year. Providence comes in averaging 74.8 ppg in their last 5 games, while Seton hall has put up 69.2 ppg over that stretch and 75.8 ppg at home. Providence has allowed 72 ppg on the road, while in their last 5 games they have given up 73.2 ppg, The Seton Hall defense has allowed 70.4 ppg at home and 69.8 ppg in their last 5 games. The Over is 8-2 in Seton Hall's last 10 home games and the stats show a game that will be played in the 140's. Lets roll with it.
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