Seton Hall Pirates
(19-11, 8-16 ATS)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(21-10, 14-10-1 ATS)
Big East betting action ensues on the second day of the conference tournament on Wednesday, and the action won’t get much hotter than it will be when the Seton Hall Pirates and Notre Dame Fighting Irish get it on in the most important game of the day. The Pirates probably need just one more win to make it to the NCAA Tournament, but it’s going to have to come against a Notre Dame team that may or may not need another victory just to feel safe about its chances of hearing its name called on Selection Sunday.
HC Bobby Gonzalez had to warn his team that last night’s emotional 109-106 win over Providence wasn’t the end of the road if it planned on going dancing. As expected for a game with two of the top offenses in the Big East, defense was certainly optional. If there’s one godsend here for the Pirates, it’s that G Jeremy Hazell didn’t wear himself out thanks to the fact that he was in foul trouble the entire night. He ultimately only played 24 minutes before fouling out, but he still scored 18 points.
The biggest question for the last few weeks in South Bend is whether or not F Luke Harangody is ever going to be able to suit it up again full-time for the Irish. He came off the bench in Notre Dame’s most recent win at Marquette, but there’s a big question whether or not HC Mike Brey is going to risk using his injured All-American in a game that may have little to no consequence. Depth is going to be key for this team against the fast-paced Pirates, though. Notre Dame only really utilizes seven players, one of which is Harangody. If he can’t play, there may only be six in the normal rotation, and if foul trouble becomes an issue, the Fighting Irish could get run off of the court.
These teams only met once this year, and that was just under a month ago. The Pirates knocked off Notre Dame 90-87 at home in a game that Harangody played 29 minutes in. The pace of this one is just going to be too much for the Irish to keep up with. Seton Hall is going to crack the will of this Irish team early, and unless someone like F Tim Abromaitis (17.2 PPG) or G Ben Hansbrough (12.0 PPG) starts raining three-pointers like it’s no one’s business, we expect Seton Hall to march into the NCAA Tournament with a second straight victory in the Big East Tournament.
Selection: Seton Hall Pirates
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