Wednesday, January 17, 2007

BIG EAST GAME PREVIEW: Providence @ Seton Hall

January 17, 2007

Scrappy seton Hall looks to avenge their 22-pt loss on the road to Providence when they welcome the Friars to the Meadowlands tonight. The Pirates open a two-game homestand that will challenge SHU on both ends with Georgetown coming in Friday. Providence dropped their first conference game on Saturday when they hit the road for a trip to Louisville. It was the first game back for Sharaud Curry, their leading scorer and point guard, following suspension. He will look to mesh a little better with his teammates tonight as Seton Hall will look to turn up the tempo like the Cardinals did to neutralize the frontcourt advantage of PC.

Here are a couple pre-game stories from the internet:

Staring Acriss Enemy Lines (Providence Journal)
Seton Hall/Providence Scouting Report (Courier News)

Click below for our brief preview and prediction on this game and don't forget to leave your prediction in the comments section.


After sitting out four games due to a suspesnion for violating team rules, Sharaud Curry made his return to the Providence line-up over the weekend at Louisville. It was not a great debut as Curry shot 4-17 from the floor and committed six turnovers in a 78-63 loss to the Cardinals. As a whole against the frantic pressure of Louisville, Providence turned it over 26 times and battled foul toruble throughout.

Agianst Seton Hall, they will see a similar plan of attack as the undersized Pirates will try to pressure the Friars all over the court for 40 minutes. In their first meeting Providence dominated the backboards, outrebounding the Pirates 47-26 and did a decent job against the pressure, turning it over 16 times. The Friars are the much deeper team and will throw their own press at the Pirates and play zone, forcing SHU to play in the half court, something they are not very good at yet.

Seton Hall lost at Notre Dame over the weekend but they kept coming at the Irish. Seton Hall has their shortcomings, but they will never give up as Bobby Gonzalez will have them working the entire game. However, they just don't have enough inside to get this one done tonight. Providence is a 1-pt favorite and should complete the sweep of the Pirates.

NBE Blogger Prediction: Providence 81 Seton Hall 74

Earlier prediction was a typo


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