#737 Seton Hall University Piratesvs.#738 Marquette University Golden Eagles
Wednesday, January 1 2017, at 7:00pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala
Seton Hall Pirates (12-3 SU, 5-8-1 ATS, 7-7 O/U) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (10-5 SU, 8-7 ATS, 8-7 O/U)
NCAAB: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 7 pm ET
Spread: Marquette -4.5, Over/Under: 155.5
It’s a battle of a pair of Big East Conference foes in the Midwest. The Seton Hall Pirates head westward as they take on the Marquette Golden Eagles Wednesday night. Seton Hall has won two straight and eight of nine after dumping DePaul 87-56 at home Saturday night. Marquette has dropped two in a row as they lost 93-81 at #1 Villanova Saturday. The Pirates won the last three meetings between the schools. That includes a 69-66 home win in the first matchup this season, which came on New Year’s Day.
Seton Hall has been on a roll and continued a hot stretch in the start of conference play as they pounded DePaul into submission. The Pirates held a 41-31 edge at the half but poured it on by outscoring the Blue Demons 46-25 in the second half. Seton Hall knocked down a sizzling 54.1 percent from the floor and knocked down 13 of their 28 three point attempts in the game. The Pirates put up a 42-27 advantage on the glass in the contest to help make up for an 8 of 16 night at the free throw line. Seton Hall held DePaul to 37 percent from the field. Desi Rodriguez led the Pirates with 25 points in the victory.
The Pirates are 112th in the nation in scoring offense as they put up 77.1 points per game this season. Seton Hall is 33rd in the nation in rebounding with 40.1 boards a night and is tied for 289th with 12.1 dimes a night. The Pirates are tied for 98th in scoring defense as they give up 68.4 points a night. Seton Hall is shooting 48 percent from the floor as a team. The Pirates are splashing 6.1 triples a night on 36.9 percent shooting from downtown. Seton Hall has to improve at the foul line as they are connecting on a paltry 61.1 percent at the charity stripe. Khadeen Carrington leads Seton Hall with 18.7 points per contest. Rodriguez contributes 15.5 points plus 5.3 boards a game, Myles Powell puts up 10.6 points a game while Angel Delgado is a force in the low block. He averages 14.9 points and 11.7 rebounds a night. Ismael Sanogo, Madison Jones, Veer Singh and Michael Nzei are all at least nine minutes a night for the Pirates.
Marquette has dropped two straight overall and look to snap a three game slide to Seton Hall in this one. The Golden Eagles battled but fell short to Villanova. Marquette had a solid offensive performance but they were scorched on the defensive end of the floor. The Golden Eagles saw the Wildcats knock down a white hot 65.3 percent from the field in the game. That included a 14 of 23 performance from beyond the arc. Those numbers overshadowed Marquette hitting 41.3 percent from the field and 14 of 31 from long range. The Golden Eagles had a slim 30-27 edge on the glass but they had more offensive rebounds (18) than defensive ones (12) in the contest. Markus Howard led Marquette with 21 points in the loss.
The Golden Eagles are 24th in the nation in scoring offense with 83.6 points per game. Marquette is currently 301st in rebounding with 33.8 boards per contest but stands tied for 36th in assists with 16.9 per game. The Golden Eagles are tied for 183rd in scoring defense as they allow 72.1 points a night so far this year. Marquette is shooting 48.3 percent from the floor this season. The Golden Eagles hit 9.9 three pointers a night on 40.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. JaJuan Johnson leads the team with 13.3 points along with 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Haanif Cheatham contributes 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Luke Fischer averages 12.4 points plus 6.1 rebounds while Sam Hauser chips in 9.6 points and 5.1 boards a game. Katin Reinhardt contributes 10.2 points plus 2.5 boards per contest. Duane Wilson, Traci Carter and Howard are each scoring at least four points a night.
The meeting 10 days ago at Seton Hall was a tooth and nail affair all the way, going right down to the wire. Seton Hall has to exploit their advantage in the paint and the low block with their big men to slow the tempo and prevent second chances. The Golden Eagles will try to push the tempo and fire up shots from the perimeter. If this one comes down to free throws, Marquette has a massive edge. This contest should be a close game but I like Seton Hall’s chances to steal an upset here.
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Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. He keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college, the NHL, the NBA and college basketball and MLB.