#730 Seton Hall +7.5 over Kentucky 11:00 AM CT
Kentucky was blown out in the opener against Duke and hasn’t left home since. The 7-0 run has featured only games in Lexington and last weekend’s win over UNC Greensboro was the highest quality victory in that stretch. There have still been several close calls with four of those wins by 15 or fewer points as this hasn’t resembled a great Wildcats team. Turnovers have been a big problem and the defense has been vulnerable to the 3-point shot. This Madison Square Garden opportunity is one of the biggest games of the season for Kevin Willard and the Pirates, always a fierce defensive team.
There have been mixed results in a 5-3 start for Seton Hall but the schedule has been difficult and losses to Saint Louis and Louisville were in very close games. In great contrast to Kentucky, Seton Hall has an incredibly low turnover rate and scores efficiently inside while not reliant on 3-point shooting. Four senior starters departed from last season’s 22-wins squad that lost to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament but four starters played with the team last season and Sacred Heart transfer Quincy McKnight has been a veteran stabilizing presence. Seton Hall shot just 17 percent from 3-point range and still nearly beat Louisville and the Pirates can slow and stall an unproven Kentucky squad into a tight game.