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Big East Tournament - Providence Friars battle vs Seton Hall Pirates highlights college basketball odds menu

Seton Hall PiratesProvidence Friars
17-16March 14, 2014, 07:00 | Madison Square Garden21-11

The Providence Friars will try to avoid the upset bug they tip off against the Seton Hall Pirates at Madison Square Garden on Friday in Big East Tournament betting action.

The Friars were small favorites according to Bovada. Both prior meetings this season played OVER the total, which was 136 in early betting Friday at TopBet.

Providence will face the 17-16 Pirates, who own a 16-16 ATS mark on the season and who knocked off top-seeded Villanova yesterday with a buzzer beater. In totals betting, the Friars are 19-12 on the OU so far this season while the Pirates are 16-16.

View Seton Hall Pirates vs Providence Friars Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Friars in this one found them listed as -2-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Friday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Pirates was expected to move the line.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Friars rated this week at No. 144 and the Pirates sitting at No. 154.

Seton Hall was a 64-63 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Villanova. Eugene Teague scored 19 points leading the Pirates to a 64-63 victory over Villanova at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Providence was a 79-74 winner in its last match on the road against St. John's. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs. The Red Storm got a 21-point effort from D'Angelo Harrison, who added 10 rebounds, but Providence still managed to defeat St. John's 79-74 Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Providence's No. 59-rated squad against Seton Hall's No. 220-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Providence rates No. 117 in the country with 6.28 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 45 nationally with 7.45 per match.