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Previewing Saint Peter's: Same Peacocks, different faces

Upperclassmen Chris Burke, Desi Washington, and Marvin Dominique all start for Saint Peter's.
Upperclassmen Chris Burke, Desi Washington, and Marvin Dominique all start for Saint Peter's.

2013-14 Saint Peter's Peacocks (2-6, 0-2; KenPom: 282; RPI: 306)

2012-13 Saint Peter's (9-21, 3-15; KenPom: 289; RPI: 290)

The Peacocks lost a combined 35.6 ppg (59%) of their scoring from last season due to the graduation of six players, including second leading scorer Yvon Raymond (10.4 ppg). Junior Markese Tucker ('12-13: 5.1 ppg, 13 mpg) has not played a minute after seeing the court for just seven over Saint Peter's' first two games.

Fordham transfer Marvin Dominique (18.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1 bpg, 33% of shots taken: 42nd in country) leads the team in both scoring and rebounding (3.2 off. rpg) after sitting out the 2012-13 season. Dominique averaged just 2.9 ppg in 12 mpg for Fordham in 2011-12. Freshman center and Philadelphia native Quadir Welton (7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) joins Dominique in Saint Peter's front court. Junior Tyler Gaskins (6.6 ppg, 19.4 mpg) and Elias Desport (1.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 11.5 mpg) come off the bench as forwards. Desport enrolled at Saint Peter's after coming straight from Sweden; he played for the U-18 Sweden National Team in 2009/2010.

Redshirt junior Desi Washington (11 ppg, 3 rpg), who started his collegiate career at Delaware State, is the Peacocks' main scoring guard. Washington led the team in scoring last season by averaging 14.6 ppg. South Jersey native Chris Burke (6.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg), now a senior, and freshman assist-man Trevis Wyche (5.9 ppg, 4 apg), a product of Saint Peter's Prep, support Desi Washington. Junior guard Jamel Fields (6.4 ppg, 18.3 mpg) pitches in off the bench after sitting out last season following his transfer from Fairfield, while Vic Adams (5.6 ppg) has inconsistently (13 points vs. Canisius, 1 minute played with 2 turnovers vs. Niagara, DNP thee games) made a showing.

Like past John Dunne coached teams at Saint Peter's, offense is not their strength: his teams have ranked 297th or below in adjusted offensive efficiency in every season since 2006-07. This year is no different, as the Peacocks are ranked 309th in AdjOE. Saint Peter's has scored 65 points or less in half of their eight games this season while playing at the 310th quickest tempo in the country.

The Peacocks are not a collective threat from deep (41/136, 30.1%, 285th), but Washington (14/40, 35%), Dominique (8/29, 27%), and Chris Burke (7/16, 43%) are their main threats. Saint Peter's is susceptible to turnovers (14 per game, 21.3 TO% (304th)), three of their starters cough the ball up over twice per game.


This will be the 85th meeting between Seton Hall and Saint Peter's with the Pirates holding a 61-23 series edge. Seton Hall has won 26 of the last 27 and all 12 match ups since 2001-02. The Pirates won 76-61 last season thanks to 25 points from Fuquan Edwin and 20 points from Gene Teague. Desi Washington is the lone returning starter for Saint Peter's from last season's contest.

Saint Peter's has already played four schools that the Pirates have faced: 87-80 loss vs. LIU Brooklyn, 75-58 loss at Kent State, 67-63 win at Fairleigh Dickinson, and most recently a 61-56 loss at Niagara in MAAC Conference play.

KenPom says: No. 114 Seton Hall - 70, No. 282 Saint Peter's - 58 (90%)

Projected Saint Peter's starters:

6-0 Fr., G - Trevis Wyche

6-2 Jr., G - Desi Washington

6-4 Sr., G - Chris Burke

6-7 Jr., F - Marvin Dominique

6-7 Fr., C - Quadir Welton

Time: Noon, Saturday

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