The #12 Seton Hall Pirates will head on the road to clash with the Saint Louis Billikens in an inter-conference tilt Sunday afternoon from the Chaifetz Arena. Seton Hall logged a 20-14 regular-season record last year and fell 76-73 to Michigan State in their previous game on Thursday night. Saint Louis went 23-13 last season and are coming off an 82-60 home win over Eastern Washington. Saint Louis recorded a 66-64 road win against Seton Hall last season.
#12 Seton Hall Falls in Showdown with #3 Michigan State
The #12 Seton Hall Pirates have won two of their first three games. They will be eager to return to the court after they were narrowly defeated 76-73 by #3 Michigan State on the road on Thursday night. The Pirates are a deep team that returns four of their top five scorers from last year.
Myles Powell is one of the best players in the Big East. The senior guard averaged a remarkable 23 points last year, and he is putting on a show right now. Powell accumulated a sizzling 37 points in the defeat to Michigan State and he is averaging 21.3 points on 46% shooting through three games.
Sandro Mamukelashvili is a solid defensive player who led the Pirates in rebounding last year. The junior forward scored nine points in the loss to the Spartans and is averaging 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Quincy McKnight led Seton Hall in assists last year, and he again leads the team with 5.3 assists and is third in team scoring with 9.3 PPG.
The Pirates are ranked #12 in the AP Top 25 rankings this week. They were picked by many to win the entire Big East this season. Seton Hall is averaging 84 points, ranking them 67th overall. They are playing solid defense, holding opponents to 68 points, positioning them 177th in the country.
Saint Louis Registers Three Decisive Wins to Start Season
The Saint Louis Billikens remain undefeated after three games. The Billikens are known for their defense although their scoring has been just as good. They dominated Eastern Washington by an 82-60 score in their latest action on Wednesday night in a game that had Saint Louis favored by eight points. Jordan Goodwin has been their best player so far, averaging 16 points and 8.2 rebounds accompanied by a 51% field goal percentage. The junior guard scored a season-high 22 points against Valparaiso last weekend.
Hasahn French is also playing well, compiling an average of 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. The junior forward was a key player last year as well as he posted 9.3 PPG. Demarious Jacobs is responding to increased playing time, connecting on 52% of his shots for 10.7 PPG on the season.
The Billikens did lose their top two scorers from last season but the offense has not been a problem early. Saint Louis is ranked 117th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings. They were projected to finish in 7th place in the A10 preseason poll. The Billikens are scoring an average of 84 points, good for 56th in the country. They are holding opponents to 65.7 points, placing them 147th overall.
The Seton Hall Pirates are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win.
- 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
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