Check out our free Providence vs Seton Hall pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Newark. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Providence vs Seton Hall Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 17th Betting Odds

Friars vs Pirates Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Providence Friars at Seton Hall Pirates
  • Where: Newark at Prudential Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 17th
  • Betting Odds: Providence +3, PROV +123 | SETON -154 O/U 136.5

Friars Preview:

Through 11 games, the Providence Friars have an overall record of 8-3. On the road, the Friars will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 1-2. So far, the Friars have been the underdog 3 times, going 0-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.

Bryce Hopkins comes into today’s game as the Friars’ leading scorer at 14.91 points per contest. Not only has Hopkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Providence’s top rebounder at 8.45 boards per contest. Behind Hopkins, the team has benefited from the strong play of Ed Croswell who is second on the team in scoring at 11.82 points per game. Overall, he has hit 62.5% of his shots and is adding 6.64 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Providence this season, as they are currently ranked 179th in college basketball at 71.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Friars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 225th in the NCAA.

Pirates Preview:

Through 11 games, the Seton Hall Pirates have an overall record of 7-4. Currently, the Pirates have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 5-3. The Pirates’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Seton Hall has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 4-3.

Seton Hall will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Al-Amir Dawes who is averaging 11.27 points per game for the Pirates. Dawes is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Pirates’ offensive gameplan is the play of Tyrese Samuel who has hit 51.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.36 points per game.

On offense, Seton Hall is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 72.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 11 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.82% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Seton Hall Pirates -3

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Seton Hall Pirates to pick up the win and cover the spread as -3 point betting favorites. Although Seton Hall as a team is just 323rd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Friars’ defense. In addition, the Pirates have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 7-3 (last 10). At -3 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Pirates to come out on top and cover.