HOW TO WATCH
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Watch Online: Fox Sports Go
(Via Action Network)
Moneyline: Providence at +320 and Seton Hall at -400
There is certainly a time and place for meaningful matchup’s and we have that as No. 10 ranked Seton Hall Pirates hosts the Providence Friars. This is the first time, both Big East competitors are meeting this season and they will challenge each other in ways, they haven’t been in recent weeks.
After suffering an upset at the hands of their in-state rival, Rutgers, on December 14th, the top-ten ranked Pirates have embarked on an eight-game winning streak ever since. Whether it was their depth, with players such as Quincy McKnight and Jared Rhoden, stepping up in the absence of their leader/star power Myles Powell, or the man himself returning to action and immediately reminding us of his greatness, the Pirates are honestly playing like the best team in the country.
On the other hand, the Friars have a lot to like about themselves too. Despite standing at 6-6 only a month ago, head coach Ed Cooley and his team have won five out of their last seven games and almost upset No. 25 Creighton on the road last Saturday. While Cooley’s coaching excellence shouldn’t come as a surprise, neither is the fact, the Friars’ dynamic duo of Alpha Diallo and David Duke are finding their stride right now (14 PPG and 13 PPG).
It’s going to be a treat watching Powell/McKnight go toe to toe with Diallo/Duke, as that will likely determine who wins tonight’s game. Yet, with that said, don’t expect a few other players to not make their impact when called upon. The likes of Nate Watson, Luwane Pipkins, Rhoden, and Romaro Gill remain eager to do so, as they’ve already done it during the Pirates and Friars’ impressive turnarounds.