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Seton Hall Pirates vs. Providence Friars ATS Prediction

Time: 7 PM EST Monday March 10, 2014, Fox Sports 1

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The Seton Hall Pirates play the Providence Friars in the semifinals of the Big East conference tournament.

In their last games: In the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament Seton Hall upset 3rd ranked Villanova 64-63 and Providence beat St. John’s 79-74.

In their win over Villanova Sterling Gibbs hit a game winning jumper at the buzzer and the Pirates played solid defense holding the Wildcats to 37.9% shooting.

In their win over St. John’s the Friars did not shoot the ball well, but played decent defense holding the Red Storm to a FG% of 41.2%. The Friars were lucky that the Red Storm only hit 50% of their free throws (13/26).

In the regular season these 2 teams split their 2 games with each winning on the road. In the last match up at Seton Hall the Friars beat the Pirates 74-69.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Providence did lose their last game of the regular season, but have won 4 of their last games overall.

Seton Hall has won 3 of their last 4 games including their last 2.

Seton Hall is still well under .500 in Big East play and may have to win the conference tournament to make the Big Dance,

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Providence -2.5
Total Line: 136
Money Line: Pirates +125 / Friars -145

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Seton Hall Pirates: 17-16 SU 16-16 ATS
Providence Friars: 21-11 SU 16-15 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• SH is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• SH is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
• SH has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.
• PROV is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• PROV is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
• PROV has an Over record of 16-5 in their last 21 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Seton Hall Pirates: 78.44
Providence Friars: 82.40

Key Player Injuries

PIRATES
[G] 12/11/2013 – Tom Maayan out for season ( Personal )
[G] 12/21/2013 – Hakeem Harris left the team ( Personal )

FRIARS
[G] 12/04/2013 – Kris Dunn out for season ( Shoulder )
[G] 12/26/2013 – Brandon Austin out for season ( Suspension )
[F] 12/26/2013 – Rodney Bullock out for season ( Suspension )

Point Spread Pick:

This will be the 3rd game in 3 days for the Pirates and it would be a stretch to think that their huge upset of Villanova won’t take something out of them. The Friars are definitely one of the bubble teams for the NCAA tourney and will be fully focused for this game. It was a nice start to the fairy tale for Seton Hall but it stops here. Take the Providence Friars -2.5.

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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