Seton Hall v. Xavier, 8:30PM EST
Paradise Jam, Semi-Finals
University of the Virgin Islands
Opening Line: Seton Hall -1.5 (SHU 2-1ATS)
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Seton Hall Pirates, Big East, KenPom: 47, Record: 2-1
Overview: After starting their season at The Liacouras Center against Fran Dunphy's talented Temple Owls, a home game against Cornell was a blessing in disguise. The Pirates needed a confidence booster before heading down to the USVI for the Paradise Jam and a 92-68 drubbing of the Big Red in front of their home crowd was the perfect remedy. With four Pirates finishing in double digits and Hazell shooting 8-11 from the field, including four from downtown, Seton Hall's shooting woes against Temple seem to be a thing of the past.
Seton Hall continued their offensive effectiveness against Alabama on Friday night with an 83-78 victory. The Pirates shot the ball phenomenally from 3PT (10-13), and shot 55.1% from the field -- terrific numbers. However, Jeremy Hazell was injured, a major setback for the Pirates. Seton Hall will need to cover Hazell's 32 MPG and 24 PPG averages if they're going to beat an injury riddled Xavier.
Xavier Musketeers, Atlantic 10, KenPom: 44, Record: 3-0
Overview: Xavier enters this game undefeated, however their 3 victories are not overly impressive. The Musketeers only defeated Western Michigan by 3, it took OT to beat IPFW, and beat Iowa in the first round of the Paradise Jam by 13. Its safe to say that Xavier is a bit of a wildcard right now.
Xavier has a handful of other notable OOC games against Butler, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Florida and Cincinnati. Hopefully they gain a lot of momentum only after tonight's contest.
KenPom's Prediction: Xavier 77, Seton Hall 76
...Leading them this year is last year's second fiddle Tu Holloway, who is averaging over 25 points per game so far this season with lovely percentages of .556 from the field, .353 from deep, and .861 from the foul line. Needless to say he is X's main scoring threat, and controlling him will be a big part of the Pirates' defensive gameplan....
...The Pirates played a highly competitive game against Alabama, turning a 9-point 1st half deficit into a 12-point 2nd half lead before winning by 5 points. Xavier routed Iowa 86-73 and led the entire game, going ahead by as much as 22 points midway through the 2nd half.
Before their convincing win over the Hawkeyes, Xavier had won 2 tight games at home to start the season: a 3-point victory over Western Michigan in the opener and an OT victory over IFPW. Of course this is also a different team at Xavier than the one second-year coach Chris Mack thought he'd have. The Musketeers lost 2 projected starters before a single minute was played this year...
Lets Go Pirates!