Saint Peter's (2-6) at Seton Hall (7-3)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 14, 12 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Prudential Center (18,711) -- Newark, New Jersey. Television:
FSN, YES. Home Record: SPU 1-1, SHU 5-1. Away Record: SPU 1-5, SHU 1-1.
Neutral Record: SPU 0-0, SHU 1-1. Conference Record: SPU 0-2, SHU 0-0. Series
Record: Seton Hall leads, 61-23.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Peter's Peacocks and Seton Hall Pirates will meet for
the 85th time in history on Saturday as they square off in a non-conference
tilt at the Prudential Center.
Saint Peter's heads to Newark on a three-game slide after dropping an 82-67
decision at Canisius and losing, 61-57, at Niagara in its inaugural Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference contests of the season. The Peacocks are 1-5 on
the road and 2-6 overall. Coach John Dunne's team is averaging only 65.2
points per game, which is over four points less than its scoring defense
average. The Peacocks have been held to 70 or fewer points in their last seven
Kevin Willard's Pirates bounced back from their shocking loss to Fairleigh
Dickinson on Dec. 1 with three wins in a row over LIU Brooklyn, Rutgers and
NJIT. Seton Hall is 5-1 at the Prudential Center, where it will host Eastern
Washington and Lafayette before beginning Big East play at Providence on New
Year's Eve. The Pirates are one of the weakest defensive teams in their
conference with an allowed average of 70.9 ppg, but they are fourth in the 10-
team league in scoring at 76.4 ppg. Seton Hall started last season with 11
wins through its first 13 games before finishing 15-18 overall.
Seton Hall is 61-23 versus Saint Peter's in history. The Pirates have won the
last 17 games between the Garden State rivals. The Peacocks suffered a 76-61
setback at the Prudential Center on Nov. 25, 2012 in the most recent
Saint Peter's has not been successful through its first eight games despite
the excellent play of junior forward Marvin Dominique, who registered his
second consecutive double-double versus Niagara with 10 points and 16
rebounds. The 6-foot-7 Fordham transfer is nearly averaging a double-double
with 18.1 points and 9.6 boards per game. Although junior guard Desi
Washington is chipping in 11 ppg, he is making only 37 percent of his shots
from the floor. No other Peacock is close to a double-digit scoring average.
Saint Peter's is not taking care of its possessions either as it is second to
last in the MAAC with a -3.1 turnover margin.
Seton Hall's top defensive player and senior leader, Fuquan Edwin, was injured
in the first minute of the team's game versus LIU Brooklyn and has not played
since. The Pirates have used a group effort to thrive without Edwin, as four
players have scored in double figures in each of the last three games.
Willard's forwards were dominant against the Highlanders, as Brandon Mobley
spearheaded the charge against NJIT with 18 points and 6-9, 270-pound center
Eugene Teague recorded a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards. Seton
Hall's backcourt is much better this season due to a pair of new additions.
Freshman guard Jaren Sina and Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs have both made an
immediate impact and combined for 33 points in the team's last outing. Gibbs
is ranked 11th in the Big East in scoring at 16 ppg, which is the third
highest mark among underclassmen in the conference.
Although Edwin will not be in the lineup and Seton Hall was recently upset by
FDU, Saint Peter's has a very slim chance of ending its losing ways to the
Big East program. The Peacocks' offensive reliance on Dominique is not going
to be effective against the Pirates, who have an interior enforcer in Teague
along with the athletic 6-9 Mobley to counter SPU's star.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Seton Hall 76, Saint Peter's 64
12/14 10:38:01 ET