FACTS & STATS: Site: Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,400) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: RSN, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Seton Hall 10-6, Providence 11-4. Away Record: Seton Hall 3-8, Providence 4-6. Neutral Record: Seton Hall 1-1, Providence 1-2. Conference Record: Seton Hall 3-13, Providence 8-8. Series Record: Providence leads, 46-45.
GAMES NOTES: Off for more than a week, the Seton Hall Pirates will take back to the hardwood against the Providence Friars on Tuesday night in a Big East Conference clash at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Seton Hall has been off since last Monday when Fuquan Edwin nailed a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to lift the Pirates to a 66-65 win over Villanova. The victory ended a nine-game losing streak for the Pirates and was just their third win in 16 tries against fellow teams from the Big East. Seton Hall is hovering around .500 overall (14-15) with just a game against instate rival Rutgers left on the schedule.
Though it still doesn't have the resume to warrant an NCAA Tournament invitation outright, Providence has been one of the hottest teams in the Big East since February began. The Friars have won six of the last seven games and improved to 16-12 overall, while evening their conference record at 8-8. Providence has been especially tough at home (11-4) but they travel to face Connecticut in Storrs in the season finale.
When these teams met in Newark earlier this season, Providence came out with a 67-55 victory. Seton Hall had won five straight against the Friars previously but Providence leads the all-time series by a thin, 46-45 margin.
The Pirates trailed by four points with 28 seconds remaining against Villanova but Edwin scored the final five points capitalized by the game winning 3- pointer. Edwin scored 18 points in the contest, while Aaron Cosby poured in a game-high 21 points to go with six assists.
Edwin (16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 spg) has been carrying the Pirates on his back all season. The 6-foot-6 swingman has scored in double figures in eight- straight games but isn't just an offensive force as his length has allowed him to collect the second most steals in the conference. Cosby (12.4 ppg) is a solid shooter in the backcourt as an additional double-digit scorer. Eugene Teague (11.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg) is a sturdy force in the paint. Seton Hall is among the bottom four teams in the conference in scoring (65.9 ppg) and rebounds (34.2 ppg), while holding a slim, positive scoring margin (+0.3).
Big East-leading scorer Bryce Cotton was at it again when Providence faced St. John's on Saturday as he scored 24 points in a 62-59 win for the Friars. Kadeem Batts also had a strong effort scoring 15 points, while coming within a rebound of a double-double in the losing effort.
The Friars don't have a lot of depth but they do have talent. Cotton (20.2 ppg) has been piling up the points all season long and will likely lock up the Big East scoring title this week. Joining him in the backcourt is Vincent Council (10.0 ppg, 7.1 apg) who is one of the best facilitators in the conference. On the inside, Batts (14.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and LaDontae Henton (13.5 pg, 8.2 rpg) are a real handful. As a team, the Friars are still in the bottom half of the league when it comes to offensive production. They rank 10th in scoring (67.9 pg) and 12th in field-goal percentage (.416).
Providence already proved its superiority over Seton Hall earlier this season and now that the Friars are at home that outcome isn't likely to change.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Providence 69, Seton Hall 60
03/05 10:46:31 ET
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