Where: Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
How: CBS Sports Network/WEEI 103.7 FM
- The Friars and Pirates have met 93 times all time. PC has a 1 game edge in the series, 47-46.
- Bryce Cotton leads the nation in minutes per game with 39.9. He is 13th in the nation in points per game at 21.5 and 17th in the nation in assists per game at 5.9. Top 20 nationally in 3 categories including leading 1 and he manages to still be left off national POY lists like its going out of style.
- Bryce Cotton is 2nd in the Big East in scoring (21.5 ppg) and Fuquan Edwin is 11th (15.1 ppg)
- Bryce Cotton is 1st in the Big East in assists (5.9 apg) and Sterling Gibbs is 4th (4.3 apg)
- Kadeem Batts is 3rd (7.6 rpg) and LaDontae Henton is 5th (7.0 rpg) in the Big East in rebounds while Gene Teague fits in between at 4th (7.5 rpg)
- Line opened at PC +2.5
Note: Rankings reflect Conference Games Only
When Providence has the ball
|Efficiency||109.5 4||107.7 6||104.5|
|Avg. Poss Length||19.3 0||18.1 0||17.9|
|Effective FG%:||49.5 5||51.8 7||49.6|
|Turnover %:||18.5 8||18.0 5||18.4|
|Off. Reb. %:||35.7 1||28.3 2||31.5|
|FTA/FGA:||44.1 2||40.4 7||40.6|
|3P%:||37.4 4||34.1 3||34.5|
|2P%:||46.3 8||52.1 8||48.5|
|FT%:||77.2 1||77.5 10||69.8|
|Block%:||8.0 4||6.9 7||9.7|
|Steal%:||9.5 9||10.6 1||9.0|
When Seton Hall has the ball
|Efficiency||105.3 6||108.0 7||104.5|
|Avg. Poss Length||19.0 0||18.1 0||17.9|
|Effective FG%:||54.6 3||49.7 5||49.6|
|Turnover %:||18.3 7||14.8 8||18.4|
|Off. Reb. %:||21.8 10||29.9 6||31.5|
|FTA/FGA:||37.8 7||37.4 5||40.6|
|3P%:||39.1 2||31.2 2||34.5|
|2P%:||52.0 4||50.8 7||48.5|
|FT%:||69.8 8||72.7 8||69.8|
|Block%:||10.4 8||12.6 2||9.7|
|Steal%:||7.8 3||7.6 7||9.0|
It’s must win season in the Big East and it seems like all the teams not named Creighton and Butler are just beating each other into a bloody pulp. For many fans of the Big East conference in it’s new form, we all were feeling the brotherhood and togetherness created by the traitorous behavior of our former members that bonded the Catholic 7 with Butler, Creighton and Xavier. We all wanted what was best for the conference because we all recognized that you can only get one first impression so getting as many teams into the Big Dance as possible was the goal. But now we are in the thick of things. Conference allegiances are quickly being tossed to the wayside as fans focus is now squarely on THEIR team’s NCAA tournament hopes and dreams.
Seton Hall is fighting for the change to play in a different postseason tournament: the NIT. Providence is desperately hoping to avoid a back to back trip to the NIT and get Bryce Cotton, Kadeem Batts and the rest of this program into the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. The last time these two teams played was the Big East opener on New Year’s Eve in Providence. Both teams are vastly different on February 28, 2014 than they were on December 31, 2013. Gene Teague wasn’t in the lineup for the 1st matchup but he will be tonight. That will add additional pressure on Kadeem Batts, a player who hasn’t played well on the road much of the Big East season save the St. John’s game in Queens during the 5 game winning streak the Friars strung together in January.
A player that I think may be a tough match for the Friars is Patrik Auda. He wasn’t yet fully 100% when the two teams tangled in December but he is now and has been playing well lately for the Pirates and, at 6’9, he is a long and crafty. The Friars may need to have a similar rebounding advantage tonight to the one they sported in December (41-28) because, minus the Butler game on Tuesday, PC hasn’t shot the ball all that well on the road.
As with most games, the first 5 minutes will be key. If PC can hit some early shots and gain some confidence and comfort at the Prudential Center, they have a good shot of pulling the upset tonight (yes, it would be an upset per Vegas).
Road wins are earned in this wonderful, basketball utopia of ours. Throw the bracketology out the window and just win baby!
Prediction: Providence 65 Seton Hall 63