Two 19-win teams will look to improve their March Madness tourney hopes when the Providence Friars and Seton Hall Pirates square off in a huge Big East battle on Thursday night. While one team has caught fire recently – and the other is playing its worst basketball of the season at the most inopportune time – this NCAA basketball odds pairing looks like it a thriller waiting to happen.
How To Bet The Providence Friars vs. Seton Hall Pirates NCAAB Odds & TV Info
When: Thursday, February 25, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
TV Stream: FoxSportsGo
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why Bet The Providence Friars
The Friars (19-8 SU, 13-13 ATS) are struggling mightily right now, having lost four of their last five games, including their humbling 85-74 loss against No. 8 Xavier last Wednesday. “You can’t spot a very good team a double-digit lead,” said Friars coach Ed Cooley. “We didn’t have the fight early to set the tone. I’m proud of how our guys fought back.” The Friars started off the season 14-1 while recording some quality wins over teams like then No. 11 Arizona and No. 9 Butler. Unfortunately, Providence has now lost six of its last 10 games and may need to win their final three games to reach the NCAA Tournament.
The good news is that the Friars have a legitimate superstar in sophomore point guard Kris Dunn, a player widely considered a future top-5 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft. Dunn scored 23 for Providence in their loss to Xavier but they couldn’t stop the Musketeers down low, getting outscored 32-10 in the painted area.
Providence’s last four games come against winnable opponents. They face Seton Hall, DePaul, Creighton, and St. Johns to close out their season. The trio of ballclubs has a combined 52-65 record.
Why Bet The Seton Hall Pirates
Seton Hall (19-7 SU, 17-8 ATS) has won five of six including its narrow 62-61 win over St. John’s on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Pirates’ best player, guard Isaiah Whitehead struggled through a horrific 1-for-12 shooting performance but grabbed a huge rebound with seconds remaining before draining two free throws with 5.6 seconds to lift the Pirates to victory.
`’My first reaction was thank God that I pulled it down,” Whitehead said of the rebound. “… I got the rebound and then I heard the whistle and I just really had to focus in (on the free throws). … I really don’t know how I got it.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction.
Seton Hall beat Providence 81-72 on January 16 despite being a 6-point road underdog, but this time around, I’m going to back Providence to extract some revenge. I know the Friars are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record, but Providence is also 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games against a team with a winning home record and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games overall.
The Friars are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games against Seton Hall while the road team in this Big East rivalry is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
My final score prediction: Providence 73 Seton Hall 70