Seton Hall Basketball: Open Game Thread - Seton Hall Pirates (11-15, 5-9) @ Marquette Golden Eagles (15-11, 6-7) - SNY (ESPN3.com)

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Seton Hall @ Marquette, 9PM EST 
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Opening Line: Marquette -7.5 (SHU 11-12 ATS) 
Television: SNY
Radio: WSOU 89.5 FM - JP Guerette will be calling the game, tune in!
Twitter:  @SOrangeJuice @JPGuerette @JohnLopiano @The_Bracket_Man

Seton Hall Pirates, Big East, Record: 11-15 (5-9), KenPom: 59, RPI: 91, SOS: 10

Projected Starting Lineup: G Eniel Polynice, G Jeremy Hazell, G/F Fuquan Edwin, F Jeff Robinson, F Herb Pope

After another disappointing (but encouraging) close loss, the Pirates are looking to knock off the struggling Marquette Golden Eagles in Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles have lost 5 of their last 7, with the two wins coming against Syracuse and South Florida. 

As you probably know, Seton Hall has been mediocre at best when away from home during the past few seasons. However, the Hall has won two of its last three Big East away games, beginning with the beat down of Syracuse on January 25th.

Seton Hall has not beat Marquette since 1954. No one on the current staff or team (obviously) was alive in 1954.

What to Look for Tonight:

- Interior play. Yes, I'm beating a dead horse here. Seton Hall needs to feed Herb Pope and Jeff Robinson in the paint. Will they do this? Likely. Kevin Willard focused on playing an inside-out type of offense in practice this week. Additionally, I would like to see Patrik Auda receive the ball off of pick and rolls. His strength is on the offensive end - utilize him.

- Poise. The Pirates need to come out of the gates composed but not lackadaisical. A methodical, workman like game will quiet the crowd and slow the pace of the game. The Bradley Center is not an easy venue to win at and the Pirates are not a good team on the road. They can't beat themselves early by not sticking to the game plan.

- Perimeter play. Will coach Willard stray from his offensive style of attempting a lot of three pointers? The Pirates have posted numerous abysmal percentages from beyond the arc this season, most recently against Villanova (4-26, 15%). Outside of Jeremy Hazell, the Hall shot 0-13 from 3PT. Ouch.

 

 

Marquette Golden Eagles, Big East, Record: 15-11 (6-8), KenPom: 33, RPI: 67, SOS: 29

Projected Starting Lineup: G Dwight Buycks, G Darius Johnson-Odom, G/F Jimmy Butler, F Jae Crowder, C Chris Otule

Marquette needs this win. The Golden Eagles are right on the bubble due to three Top 25 wins and no bad losses. A loss here would be a borderline "bad loss". Marquette closes the Big East regular season with 4 very winnable games out of 5, including two against our Pirates.

For more on Marquette, check out JP's Scouting Report.

KenPom Prediction: Marquette 74, Seton Hall 66

Seton Hall Athletics:

Coming off a victory at Rutgers on Saturday, Seton Hall fell in a close contest at the Prudential Center to #15 Villanova, 60-57.  Jeremy Hazell scored a game-high 25 points.  Earlier in the week, Hazell became the fourth player in Seton Hall history and the 30th player in BIG EAST history to record 2,000 career points.  The 6-foot-5 senior leads four players averaging in double-figures for the Pirates with 18.5 points per game and needs just two made three-pointers to become the BIG EAST's all-time leader.

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