Seton Hall (12-5) at (25) Marquette (12-3)
Wednesday, January 16, 9 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Phil Neuffer, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bradley Center (19,000) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Television: MSG, MASN, Big East Network, Sports32. Home Record: Seton Hall
8-2, Marquette 9-0. Away Record: Seton Hall 3-2, Marquette 1-2. Neutral
Record: Seton Hall 1-1, Marquette 2-1. Conference Record: Seton Hall 0-3,
Marquette 3-0. Series Record: Marquette leads, 9-2.
GAME NOTES: The newly ranked Marquette Golden Eagles play host to the Seton
Hall Pirates in a Big East showdown at the Bradley Center on Wednesday night.
This will be the third time in the last four games that Seton Hall will be
taking on a nationally-ranked opponent. The Pirates lost the other two
contests with a 93-74 setback to Notre Dame and 73-58 loss to now No. 1
Louisville. The Pirates' most recent contest ended in a 67-55 loss to
Providence, marking three straight setbacks for Seton Hall, which is now 12-5
overall and still in search of its first league win.
A thrilling 74-67 victory over Pittsburgh finally pushed Marquette into the
top-25 where the Golden Eagles sit at No. 25 after the release of Monday's
rankings. The Golden Eagles have won five straight contests, four of which
came at home where they have a perfect 9-0 mark this season. Marquette is 12-3
overall and has yet to lose in three chances against Big East foes.
Last season Seton Hall earned just its second win in 11 tries all-time against
Marquette with an 85-72 victory at home.
For the second straight game Seton Hall failed to get over the 60-point
plateau against Providence on Saturday. The Pirates held the Friars to just
36.1 percent shooting, but turned the ball over 17 times to just nine miscues
by Providence. That led a 20-10 deficit for the Pirates in points off
turnovers. Second-chance points were also a factor with Seton Hall being
Seton Hall is right near the middle of the Big East in terms of offensive
production, ranking eighth in scoring (71.1 ppg) and sixth in field-goal
percentage (.457). On the defensive end the Pirates are letting up 64.5 points
per game, while teams shoot at a 40.8 percent clip. However in Big East play
Seton Hall is scoring just 65 points per game, while allowing 76.3. A trio of
scorers on the offensive end. Both Fuquan Edwin (17.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Eugene
Teague (12.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg) are shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
Edwin is the real threat, ranking fourth in the conference in scoring. Edwin
also utilizes his quick hands on the defensive end, as he ranks second in the
conference in steals (2.5 pg). Aaron Cosby (12.4 ppg) is also a solid scorer
Against a tough Pittsburgh team, Marquette led for the majority of the second
half but a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Lamar Patterson knotted the game at
57-57 and sent it to overtime. The Golden Eagles opened the extra session on
a 10-2 run and hit 13-of-16 free throws in the period to escape with the win.
While the Golden Eagles cannot boast of impressive offensive numbers, the
Golden Eagles can take solace in their strong defensive efforts. Marquette is
allowing just 61.9 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting to its foes. On
the offensive end the Golden Eagles are among the five worst scoring teams in
the conference (70. ppg), while shooting a solid 46.7 percent from the field.
Vander Blue (13.9 ppg) is the go-to scorer, while Davante Gardner (12.9 ppg,
5.4 rpg) has provided quite a spark off the bench. Blue scored a season-high
22 points against Pittsburgh to push his season-long streak of games in double
figures to five. Gardner has not made a start this season but has scored in
double figures in all but two games.
Marquette has been impossible to beat at home. The Pirates will be just
another victim of Blue and company at the Bradley Center.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Marquette 73, Seton Hall 61
01/16 10:33:41 ET
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