Seton Hall Pirates (12-5, 3-2) at Providence Friars (10-6, 0-3)
WHERE: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
TV: FS1 (Dave O’Brien and Tarik Turner)
LINE: Providence -1.5
SERIES: Providence leads 52-51
If we have learned anything about the Big East this season, it’s that every game is going to go down to the wire.
The same can be said for Seton Hall’s and Providence’s Big East matchups so far this season. In the combined eight conference games these teams have played, six of them have been decided by six or less points. Tonight should be no different.
Providence is coming off a six-point double overtime loss on the road to Georgetown on Saturday in which four players scored in double digits. Seton Hall fell on the road on Saturday as well, losing 70-66 to then-21st ranked Marquette after the Pirates held the lead with three minutes remaining.
As is the case with every Seton Hall opponent, their job will be to limit the production of Myles Powell. The junior dropped 21 points against Marquette on Saturday, but had little room to breathe with Sacar Anim guarding him all day long.
Alpha Diallo is the go to guy for the Friars, and is one of the top scorers in the Big East. Diallo currently ranks eighth in the conference in scoring at 17.4 PPG, and will likely be up against Myles Cale in tonight’s matchup.
All of Providence’s attention will be paid towards Powell defensively, so Seton Hall will need to find other outlets for scoring tonight. Cale is averaging 6.8 PPG over his last five games since scoring a career high 23 points against Maryland on Dec. 22. His offense needs to get back into high gear as conference play progresses.
Expect this to be much like the rest of the Big East games so far this season, another game that goes right down to the wire.