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Friday, January 05, 2007

BIG EAST GAME PREVIEW: Seton Hall @ Providence

January 6, 2007

Providence, after knocking off Marquette on Thurday night, has a quick turnaround as they host the Pirates of Seton Hall on Saturday night. Both teams are looking to get off to a 2-0 start to kickstart their conference seasons.

This is expected to be the last game of Sharaud Curry's suspension for a violation of team rules and look for Seton Hall to try and pressure the Providence ballhandlers all over the court. This game is likely to be played at a wide-open pace and as long as Dwain Williams and Weyinmi Efejuku can keep the ball in the hands of the right colored jerseys, the Friars should have a field day finishing inside against the non-existant frontcourt of the Pirates.

Seton Hall will need Jamar Nutter to be connecting from the perimeter and their pressure, led by Eugene Harvey, Larry Davis and Paul Gause to create havoc with the Friars and keeping them fron setting up shop inside for Herbert Hill and Geoff McDermott to finish strong. The Friars have looked tough, having Curry to handle the Pirate pressure would make this game a no-brainer, but it could cause some trouble at times and if Nutter and Gause can connect from the perimeter, the Pirates will be in this game throughout.

NBE Blogger Prediction: Providence 84 Seton Hall 77


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