Marquette @ Seton Hall, 6EST
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Opening Line: Seton Hall -1 (SHU 12-14 ATS)
Radio: WSOU 89.5 FM
Twitter: @SOrangeJuice @JPGuerette @JohnLopiano@The_Bracket_Man
Seton Hall Pirates, Big East, Record: 12-17 (6-11), KenPom: 61, RPI: 97, SOS: 7
Tonight is Senior Night. So to start, congratulations to all the Pirate seniors, whether they stayed four years (Hazell) or just one (Polynice). JP's brilliant tribute to Jeremy is a must read - the Senior shooting guard has been enjoyable to watch from Day 1.
What to Look for Tonight:
- Come out of the locker room calm. The team is on a high from the win over St. John's, not to mention that Senior Nights are always bigger than most of the previous home games. The Pirates need to harness their energy early on.
- Will the hot shooting continue? Many talking heads are calling the hot shooting against the Red Storm a fluke. We'll see just how true that is tonight.
Marquette Golden Eagles, Big East, Record: 18-12 (9-8), KenPom: 32, RPI: 56, SOS: 25
The Golden Eagles took the Pirates to school in the paint and on the boards when they first played. Somehow, The Hall kept the game close for 30 minutes, but slipped down the stretch in typical fashion. I'm sure that Coach Willard has developed a new defensive gameplan to deal with their disadvantage in the paint.
Refer to JP's Scouting Report for more information on Marquette.
KenPom Prediction: Marquette 70, Seton Hall 69
The Pirates snapped a brief three-game losing streak with their second victory over a ranked opponent this year. Seton Hall shot 64.3 % from the floor as it soundly defeated #15 St. John's, 84-70, at the Prudential Center on Thursday. Both Jeremy Hazell and Fuquan Edwin logged season-highs with 31 and 19 points respectively. Saturday's game is "Senior Day" and Seton Hall will honor four senior managers and four players including seniors Darnell Gatling, Eniel Polynice, Jeff Robinson and Jeremy Hazell.