Seton Hall has played one of the nation's most rugged schedules and will try to avoid a third loss in four games when it visits Providence on Tuesday night in a Big East matchup. Coming off a 70-66 loss at No. 13 Marquette on Saturday, the matchup against the Friars marks the fourth time in the last five games that the Pirates will be playing away from home.
Saturday's loss was the fifth time in six games that the outcome was decided by four points or fewer for Seton Hall, which has dropped two of three following a seven-game winning streak. "I'm proud of the way we played," Pirates coach Kevin Willard said after the Marquette game. "You're going to lose some games in the league, especially playing on the road." Providence remained winless in Big East play, absorbing a crushing 96-90 defeat in double overtime at Georgetown as the Hoyas hit a pair of long 3-pointers at the end of regulation and the first extra session. "It's our third game where we are right there at the end," Friars coach Ed Cooley said. "Hopefully we can get over the top soon."
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ABOUT SETON HALL (12-5, 3-2 Big East): Guard Myles Powell, the team leader in scoring at 22.6 points per game, nearly matched his average with 21 and a career high-tying nine rebounds Saturday -- his 10th 20-point output of the season. However, Powell is struggling from long range over the past three games, connecting on 7 of 25 from behind the arc to drop his 3-point shooting percentage to 36.2 after shooting 38.4 last season. Guard Quincy McKnight has scored in double figures in three of five conference games and also had a career-high seven assists Saturday.
ABOUT PROVIDENCE (10-6, 0-3): Junior Alpha Diallo, who leads the conference in rebounding at 8.8 overall and 10.0 in league play, registered his sixth double-double with 24 points and a career-high 13 boards against Georgetown. With second-leading scorer A.J. Reeves (14.2 ppg) sidelined for the sixth consecutive game due to a foot injury, center Nate Watson knocked down 9 of 11 shots to score a career-best 21 points -- one more than he had in the previous four games combined. Drew Hall also had a season high with 19 points after scoring six in the first 11 games.
1. Seton Hall swept the season series in 2017-18, winning by 16 and 12 points.
2. Providence averages a Big East-best 12.3 offensive rebounds but is last in free-throw shooting (66.7).
3. Powell is shooting a career-best 86.2 percent at the foul line.
PREDICTION: Seton Hall 67, Providence 65 Bet Now
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