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Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
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Spread: Seton Hall -14
Moneyline: DePaul +700 | Seton Hall -1200
Wednesday night features a matchup against two Big East teams trending in opposite directions.
Currently winners of three-straight, the Seton Hall Pirates (12-8, 9-5) host the DePaul Blue Demons (3-9, 1-9) at the Prudential Center in Newark.
After suffering three consecutive defeats to the conference’s top two teams, Villanova and Creighton, Seton Hall finds itself moving in the right direction, once again. They rattled off three victories in a row, most recently defeating Marquette in a low-scoring affair last Sunday.
DePaul, on the other hand, is taking up permanent residence in the Big East’s basement. Losers of four-straight, DePaul’s only conference win came almost a month ago against Marquette. As one can imagine, the Blue Demons have failed to put together any quality wins this season, securing victories against Western Illinois and Valparaiso.
In their first matchup of the season, Seton Hall defeated DePaul by eight points. Jared Rhoden put together one of his better games of the year, recording 18 points and six rebounds. Javon Freeman-Liberty led the Blue Demons with 22 points.
Round two of this Big East showdown should produce a similar result. In truth, it may prove to be more lopsided this time around. Seton Hall’s defense should handle the low-scoring opposition rather decisively. On the flipside, DePaul’s defense should match up pretty evenly with the Pirates' offense. The issue is they do not have the offense to keep up. If Seton Hall experiences even a mildly successful night from the field, DePaul will quickly get into trouble.
As is the case with everyone the Blue Demons go up against in the Big East, they go into Wednesday’s contest as the inferior team. At the same time, Seton Hall is fighting to prove they belong in that second tier of the conference. Although this season has experienced countless surprising outcomes, don’t expect that to be the case this time around.