Providence travels to Seton Hall tonight for a Big East battle. In an earlier meeting Providence prevailed (69-62). That extended Providence's dominance in a series to 5 victories in the last 6 games.
Providence (-2-) at Seton Hall 7:00 ET FOX1 Sports TV
Providence travels to Seton Hall tonight as a 3.5-point college basketball odds favorite, for a 7:00 ET tip at the Prudential Center in this Big East battle. In an earlier meeting, Providence prevailed (69-62). That extended Providence's dominance in the series to five victories in the last 6 meetings. With Seton Hall struggling in the 2nd half of the season, I expect Providence to continue their series dominance as they avoid a "bad loss" which would negatively impact their RPI currently in the 20's.
Seton Hall was rolling at 12-2 SU, 11-1 ATS, after they dealt Villanova a 66-61 victory at the Pru Center back on January 3rd. Since that time, however, the Pirates have gone just 4-10 SU ATS to drop to 16-12 SU for the season and 6-10 SU in Big East play. This leaves them far off the bubble and with a lot of negative momentum. Locker room dissention was the main cause for the decline. On February 7th, sophomore starting guard, Sina, said he had enough and quit the team. Fortunes continued to decline hitting rock bottom, February 16th, in the Villanova game when starting guard, Sterling Gibb, took out his frustrations with a forearm hammer to the nose of Villanova point guard, Ryan Archidiacono. Gibbs returns from a 2 game suspension for his actions, but it is too little too late!
Providence continues to ascend under 4th year HC Ed Cooley. Prior win totals have risen from 15 to 19 to 23 victories in the previous 3 seasons. This year, the Friars will increase that mark as they are currently 20-9 SU, 10-6 SU in Big East play. That success has been marked by victories on the road against the likes of Butler, Creighton and Georgetown. Road success has long characterized the coaching career of Cooley, whose teams are 49-29 ATS on the conference road. Cooley's teams are also momentum based, as they are 51-28 ATS, following a home victory. The Friars are led by the inside-outside tandem of Henton, who comes off a 25/15 game in a 77-66 win over Marquette and the phenomenal play of PG Dunn, who is at last reaching his potential after being injured the previous 2 seasons.
We will follow the late season momentum of these teams, using the Providence team who has proven their road ability against a Seton Hall team, who since beating Villanova in early January, has gone 1-5 ATS on their home court, including losses to lowly DePaul and Marquette. Take Providence tonight with your NCAA Basketball picks.
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