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Seton Hall’s Myles Powell Looks to Continue POY Campaign at Villanova as 2-Point Underdogs

The transcended two teams in the Big East bears tussle Saturday with home unit Villanova a 3-point favorite over Seton Hall The Pirates are coming off a 78 -7 1 winning at Georgetown, while’ Nova lost to Butler on a buzzer-beater the last time out Seton Hall’s Myles Powell valued 34 qualities against the Hoyas and is a top nominee for POY reputations- check our preview for a prophecy

The top two teams in the Big East tolerates clash Saturday, Feb. 8 with the dwelling squad Villanova Wildcats( 17 -5, 10 -1 residence) as a 3-point favorite over the Seton Hall Pirates( 17 -5, 6-2 away ). Tipoff is at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Wells Fargo Center and the game will be broadcasted on Fox.

The Pirates are coming off a 78 -7 1 earn Wednesday at Georgetown, while’ Nova went down 79 -7 6 to Butler on a buzzer-beater the last time out. Seton Hall’s Myles Powell scored 34 moments against the Hoyas and is a top nominee for POY honors.

Seton Hall Pirates vs Villanova Wildcats Odds

Team Spread Over/ Under at BetOnline

Seton Hall +3.0( -1 05) O 140.5( -1 10)

Villanova -3.0( -1 15) U 140.5( -1 10)

Odds taken Feb. 7 on( speculation site)

While neither team is currently near the priorities in the 2020 NCAA Tournament odds tracker, it’s fair to say if Seton Hall picks up a victory this weekend, the Raider might be there next week. So why is Jay Wright’s squad a modest favorite in the Seton Hall vs Villanova odds?

Perhaps because the Pirates haven’t won on the Wildcat’ dwelling storey since 1994. But the method Myles Powell is playing this season, that blotch might come to an end. Let’s analyze this fight of powwow blue-chips and make a pick.

History Not on Plagiarist’ Side

There was no World Series and” Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” regulated the box office the last time Seton Hall strike’ Nova in Philly. That’s some serious autobiography.’ Nova blew out Seton Hall 80 -5 2 the last time the two played in The City of Brotherly Love.

The 17 activities over the strain dating back to 1994 have been decided by an average margin of 16 objects. Simply one came down to the wire, a two-point decision in 2008. It’s a long time acquiring streak by one team against another in the Big East — by a lot.

And Saturday’s contest is the second straight road jaunt for the Bucs after a solid seven-point triumph against Georgetown Wednesday. While Kevin Willard’s club has proven it can win back-to-back conference road plays previously this season( the Pirate smacked off Butler and St. John’s away from Newark last month ), doing so again is a tall order. Seton Hall fell two straight roadies in December, coming to Iowa State and Rutgers in tournaments that weren’t close. Plus, that daunting history is looming.

But Then Again …

“Yeah, I actually do think they are a Final Four contender, ” Wright said last month. That’s what the longtime Villanova head coach am talking about Seton Hall. And Wright knows a thing or two about Final Fours, after prevailing two of the last four NCAA Tournaments. Just look at what Pirate did to the Hoyas Wednesday for a primer.

This Pirates have the makings of something special. I’ve been touting them as a sleeper March Madness contender all season. Plus, they’re playing with house coin Saturday to a certain extent, with a two-game lead in the documents of the conference abides over the Wildcat. They’re 6-2 along the road, including 5-0 in the Big East.

“Our confidence has been high-pitched, ” Powell said. “We want to be a championship team. We want to be one of the top units in the country.” It seems perhaps that is their year.

Advantage?

In a what oddsmakers think will be a tight one, I’m thinking the opposite. I cherish Seton Hall in this recognize for a variety of reasons. Main among other issues is Powell.

The preseason All-American candidate has lived up to the hype this season. He been put forward 34 against the Hoyas and is another producing scorer in the Big East,

Plus, Willard knows two of’ Nova’s best musicians, Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels, after working with them as part of USA Basketball in last summer’s Pan American Games. That inside knowledge of their tendencies should be a boon to the Pirates’ policy. And Villanova could be prone to a pick-and-roll game, as the Wildcats rank last-place in the Big East in field-goal percentage defense (. 437 ). That toy right into possible heavy usage of 7-foot-2 center Romaro Gill( who too happened to tie a career-high with eight blocks against the Hoyas Wednesday ).

All these factors has me on the Pirates to snarl the flash Saturday and advance toward a high-seed in next month’s Big Dance.

Pick: Seton Hall +3( -1 05)

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