Seton Hall vs. Arkansas Betting Predictions - South Region

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:13 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017 5:13 PM UTC

Friday is a busy day in the South Region and it all gets started Greenville with a Big East vs. SEC encounter on TNT network, as Seton Hall does battle with Arkansas in an 9 vs. 8 encounter.

  Seton Hall vs. Arkansas

South Region, First Round
Friday, March 17th - 1:30 pm E.T.


Seton Hall

This 9th seed against the 8th seed finds two clubs on an uptick in play but doing it in very different ways. Seton Hall (21-11, 14-16 ATS) is only a little above average offensive team at 73.3 points a game and prefers to pound the ball inside to big man Angel Delgado, who averages 15.3 PPG and is the nation's leading rebounder. He is complimented by the Pirates two top scorers Khadeen Carrington (16.9) and Desi Rodriguez (15.9). Key for Seton Hall is taking care of the basketball against Arkansas' pressure defense and not rushing shots. The Pirates need to dominate the glass and maintain +7 rebound margin.

 Arkansas Breakdown

While this is not the old "40 Minutes of Hell" under Nolan Richardson, coach Mike Anderson's approach still works defensively, taking opposing teams out of their comfort zone. This Arkansas (25-9, 17-15 ATS) bunch is always on the hunt for turnovers, but its real mission is to speed the opposition up, making them take quicker shots or attempting them from more uncomfortable areas. The Razorbacks have a diversified offense that really attacks the rim and averages 79.8 PPG, but also has quality spot-up shooters. The college basketball odds have the Hogs favored by one with a total of 147.

 What to Watch For

Seton Hall is on a 5-1 and 4-2 ATS move and Arkansas has been playing well even longer 8-2 and 7-3 ATS. For college basketball picks, I can see the Pirates being patient against Razorbacks pressure and they have finishers at the rim. Having Delgado is a great bailout and I'll back the Hall to win a tight 2-3 point outcome.


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