The Seton Hall Pirates hadn’t had a 2-2 stretch in some time before recently. But after their 87-82 loss to the Creighton Bluejays earlier this week, they find themselves in that middling spot. But they aren’t the only ones stuck in the mud right now, as the Providence Friars are also 2-2 over the course of their last four games.
Granted, how Providence got there is different from how Seton Hall did. The Friars defeated Creighton and the Butler Bulldogs, but have since lost their last two games to the Xavier Musketeers and St. John’s Red Storm. The Pirates suffered that loss to Creighton, and lost to Xavier three games prior, and had wins over the Georgetown Hoyas and Villanova Wildcats sandwiched between.
Let’s focus on the game at hand here though. Seton Hall has proved to be one of the best teams in the country this year. They have done so through terrific defense and the play of Myles Powell. Powell, though, has been a bit off recently. He shot 3-for-16 from the field in the loss to Creighton, and 55 for his last 140 shots, which falls just under 40 percent. That no doubt has factored into this cold spell the Pirates are in right now, and his play will have to sharpen up if the Pirates want to start navigating the seas properly again.
Providence’s offensive issues are pretty profound, and explaining their issues would be a lengthy discussion. The long and short of it is that they have really struggled from deep, and that’s been a consistent issues in a lot of their losses this season. They went just 10-for-45 in their last two games and they obviously took losses on the chin those two games. David Duke is shooting 45.1 percent from long range, and is ranked 25th in the country in that department. But he’s the outlier on this team, as no one else has really mustered up a quality mark from deep. Their defense has been stingy as hell though, ranking positively in many different categories.
This should be an interesting game. I’m intrigued to see how both these teams respond to the ruts that they’ve been in lately. Especially the Pirates, who are in need of some momentum if they want to make a run towards one of the very top seed lines. Providence of course could use a win too, especially if they want to avoid playing on Wednesday in the Big East Tournament.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
Spread: Seton Hall -1
Moneyline: Seton Hall -120 | Providence +100