The Seton Hall Pirates escaped what could’ve been a disaster last night, defeating a winless Georgetown team by just four points. It was a wake-up call for the Pirates. Seton Hall’s season hasn’t really gone as planned, despite notching its 21st win.
However, none of that matters now. Seton Hall has made it into the quarterfinals of the Big East and will take on a very powerful Connecticut Huskies team that will play its first game of the tournament tonight.
It’s going to be an electric atmosphere at nighttime in Madison Square Garden. Here are our college basketball picks and predictions for Seton Hall vs. UConn on Thursday, March 10.
UConn vs Seton Hall odds
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UConn opened as a 3.5-point favorite for the late-night quarterfinal matchup. The total is currently at 134.5 but will likely change as the game time gets closer.
UConn vs Seton Hall predictions
Predictions made on 3/10/2022 at 8:05 a.m. ET.
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UConn vs Seton Hall game info
• Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
• Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
• Tip-off: 9:30 p.m. ET
• TV: FS1
UConn at Seton Hall betting preview
UConn: Tyler Polley F (Questionable), Jordan Hawkins G (Questionable).
Seton Hall: Jahari Long G (Out), Ryan Conway G (Out), Bryce Aiken G (Out), Brandon Weston G (Out), Sylwester Granda G (Out).
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Betting trend to know
Huskies are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games overall. Find more NCAA betting trends for UConn vs. Seton Hall.
UConn vs Seton Hall picks and predictions
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Seton Hall really didn’t look all that great against Georgetown last night. But, a win is a win, and now that game is behind them. The Pirates have a bigger matchup coming up against UConn, with the chance to get to the Big East Tournament semifinal.
Seton Hall isn’t shooting the ball very effectively this season, hitting just 33.2% from deep and 46.6% from inside the arc. On the offensive glass, Seton Hall has earned 32.8% of offensive rebounds, however, and continues to limit turnovers on the offensive end to just 17.4%.
Connecticut, on the other hand, is allowing opponents to shoot 34.5% from deep, but just 42.8% from inside the arc, the latter of which already happens to be Seton Hall’s biggest issue on the offensive end.
However, Seton Hall has a win over Connecticut at home in overtime, and only lost to the Huskies by five on the road. The Pirates are playing their best basketball of the season with a winning streak of six.
Anyway, the Huskies aren’t all that effective on the defensive glass, holding opponents to 27.7% offensive rebounds. On top of that, Connecticut is only earning 18.1% turnovers. Both of those numbers are just average at best.
However, on the offensive end, Connecticut has really turned it up a notch. The Huskies grab 37.6% of offensive rebounds and are shooting an effective field goal percentage of 50%. UConn dominates from three, hitting 35.4% but is hitting just 48.4% from inside the arc.
Connecticut also gets to the line at an above-average pace and hits 75% of foul shots, but ultimately, Seton Hall has been getting to the line more frequently and hits 76% when there.
Seton Hall is also the better defense, holding opponents to a 45.5% effective field goal percentage with teams shooting just 31% from three and 45% from inside the arc.
Therefore, I like Seton Hall to keep this game close throughout. The Pirates can absolutely stun the Huskies at the Garden.
Prediction: Seton Hall +3.5 (-110)
Seton Hall’s defense will dictate this game. The Pirates allowed just 52 points in their win over Georgetown yesterday and if Seton Hall can stay committed on the defensive end, the Pirates will have a chance to win outright.
Opponents are shooting just a 45.5% effective field goal percentage against Seton Hall this season and the Pirates have been a bit unlucky with opponents shooting 77% from the foul line this season.
Both teams will likely earn a solid amount of second chances, however, neither team is terrible on the defensive glass. These two teams are just average, and average rebounding on the defensive end would be enough to keep this game Under the total.
Prediction: Under 134.5 (-110)
The Huskies have brought basketball back to the state. This team is going to be a powerhouse for a long time under Dan Hurley. But tonight, this game could go either way.
I see this game as a close game throughout. One team will pull away towards the end. Either way, there’s value in taking the points.
So, that’s what we’ll do. Seton Hall already beat Connecticut once and lost by five in another game. The Pirates will stick around, especially when the public bets against them due to their lack of success against Georgetown yesterday.
Pick: Seton Hall +3.5 (-110)
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