Teams: Providence (18-10; 8-7) vs. Seton Hall (14-14; 5-10)
Day: Friday, February 28
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
-Providence barely edged out Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse, winning the season series. This win would not have been possible without the help of, Providence standout, Bryce Cotton. Cotton had a game-high 28 points and notched six assists. The Friars shot very well throughout the game and especially in the first half when they shot 68% from the field. The Butler Bulldogs kept the game competitive for the most part, led by sophomore, Kellen Dunham, who scored 25 points in the contest.
About Seton Hall:
-The Pirates lost to DePaul after coming off a game in which they almost beat Creighton. Seton Hall did not play well at all, scoring only 60 points against a team that gives up 75 points per game and gaining less rebounds and assists than usual. The only bright spot for Seton Hall was Fuquan Edwin, who scored the game high, 21 points. The Hall kept coming back in the game, but DePaul was able to hold them off. It has been unfortunate for Seton Hall this year because almost every one of their losses in the Big East have been by only a few points. In the Pirates case, their record in the Big East does not reflect their play.
Two Keys to the Game:
-Providence’s clutch ability
I know this is repetitive from my previous key from last week for Providence, but this team succeeds in crunch time and if the game is close, you count on The Friars to perform at their best.
-Seton Hall’s offense
Seton Hall only scored 60 points in this game against a defense that is not very great. Providence’s defense is much better than DePaul’s and it will be very important that The Hall has a good offensive attack if they want to win this game.
Prediction: Providence 74, Seton Hall 70