Marquette Preview: No. 13 Seton Hall can escape Midwest 4-0

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Marquette is up next for No. 13 Seton Hall as the Pirates look to close out a successful trip to the Midwest and improve to 4-0 in Big East play for the first time since 1992-93.

The last time the Hall (14-2, 3-0) started a conference season 4-0, league play began in early December, P.J. Carlesimo was on the sideline, and Miami, UConn, Providence, and Syracuse were the opponents.

That year, Seton Hall was 13-1 and seventh in the country before finally faltering against Pittsburgh. 

Now with their highest ranking since January of 2001 after a substantial spike in another scrambled up poll, high-powered Marquette (11-5, 2-2) is next on the docket. 

(Fun fact: An eight-spot jump from No. 21 to No. 13 matches the highest in-season jump from one week to the next in program history. The Pirates were also +8 (21 to 13) after winning the 1991 BIG EAST Championship.)

A Golden Eagle offense top-15 in efficiency will test Seton Hall’s defensive strength, especially from the perimeter where they are tenth nationally in percentage of points coming from behind the arc.

Backcourt duo Markus Howard (23.5 ppg, 2.8 apg, 65-162 3pt) and Andrew Rowsey (21 ppg, 4 apg, 57-132 3pt) can and will rain threes while stretch-four Sam Hauser (14 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 45-93 3pt) will pull his defender far from the paint.

Howard has turned heads nationally, most recently with a 52-point bomb at Providence that included 11 of 19 made threes. Still just a young sophomore, Howard has surely played himself onto NBA radars; he has made all 51 free throws he has attempted this year and is 11th in percentage of team shots taken.

A young team (315th in exp.), Marquette has reached 90+ points seven times but have also allowed 80+ in nine of their 16 games, which will likely make for an entertaining affair at the Bradley Center. 

For Seton Hall, Angel Delgado’s (14.6 ppg, 11.8 rpg) rampage continues as he is now third nationally in OReb% after reeling in six against Butler as he dominated the paint throughout; Delgado is averaging 13.6 rpg in Big East play and pulled down 47 boards against Marquette in three games last year including 13 offensive rebounds on the road.

Not far behind him as far as recent form goes, Khadeen Carrington (15.1 ppg, 3.9 apg) has scored 20+ in three of his last five all while averaging 3.2 apg — the senior guard has rebounded nicely from a humbling performance in the loss at Rutgers. Carrington will have his hands full again as he goes up against two of the league’s best in Rowsey and Howard.

Kevin Willard will hope his team has recovered from a recent flu bug that has affected multiple players including relegating Myles Powell (14.3 ppg, 2.7 apg) to the bench for Butler. Powell did manage to play a meaningful 21 minutes that included a late three from the exact same spot he hit the clincher last season at Hinkle.

Keys to victory: Crowding the perimeter and making Marquette beat you inside; speed up the tempo slightly, drawing fouls and using athletic strength; feed Angel to get inside-out going

Worth reading: Full Willard quotebook from post-Butler

KenPom says: No. 18 Seton Hall 83, No. 45 Marquette 82

Series history: 7-16 SH

Projected Marquette starters
G – Andrew Rowsey
G – Markus Howard
G/F – Sacar Anim
F – Sam Hauser
C – Matt Heldt

Projected Seton Hall starters
PG – Khadeen Carrington
G – Myles Powell
F – Desi Rodriguez
F – Mike Nzei
F – Angel Delgado

TV: 9et, CBS Sports Network
Radio: AM570
Opening line: Even

  • shu_92

    If we split the next 4 games(at marquette, gtown, at creighton, xavier) we sit at 16-4(5-2) at excellent position and still in the top 20.

    Gonna be a tough one tomorrow but this team has proven me wrong every time I doubt them.

  • cali jack

    Stating the obvious but must defend the 3 point line.Heavy dose of Sanogo and Cale on defense of their three point shooters..Pound the ball inside to AD and DR.Fingers crossed on Powell.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Going to be a tough one tomorrow. Marquette always shoots well, especially at home. Hopefully we can establish Angel inside.

  • PadrePirate

    I think MU will hand us our first loss of BE play. The match up doesn’t look too good. Their quick guards and excellent perimeter shooting will expose cracks in our defense. High TO’s and poor FT’s can tip a close game in their favor. Both regular season games last year were nail-biters, but both teams have improved. I will be very interested to watch the PF/C battle in the paint. Heldt sure doesn’t look like much but seems to make the most of less athletic gifts and can hold his own against stronger bigs. If we can slow down their guard play, we can win, but I think we’re due for a slice of humble pie after rising to #13.

    For a taste of another SBN fansite, here’s the pregame from the Marquette guy. There’s so much fluff and personal stuff in this article that it makes you appreciate Chris all the more: https://www.anonymouseagle.com/2018/1/8/16860602/marquette-golden-eagles-basketball-preview-seton-hall-basketball

    • The Other Powell

      I hope you’re wrong, Padre, but I certainly understand where you’re coming from …it’ll be interesting to see how this team handles the high national ranking coming off a string of wins in a tough environment. It should be a great game. If we can win tonight I think we roll G-town, which would add to what has already been a phenomenal BE start.

      And you’re so right about that article you posted from the other side – I don’t care how much I like a team, I couldn’t read that drivel if I were a Marquette fan. That dude certainly loves himself. His mother told him that he was special a few too many times for sure. Thanks for sharing – we love you, Chris!

    • Louie Dee

      YOU JINXED US!!!

  • RonD

    It’s going to be a battle as all BE road games are, not because our defense is weak or we can’t respond to a high national ranking. It’s because we will have been on the road since Friday, we had a gut check win on the road at Hinkle, our top 3 guys all played 38+ minutes, and it’s a short turn around for two consecutive road games. Despite all this we have a good chance to pull it out.

  • PirateLacrosse14

    I think the big key will be 3-point shooting as many of you have pointed out. Marquette is currently second among D1 NCAA teams in 3-point field goals per game; however, they are ranked 301 in terms of rebounding. If we can hold them to bad looks at the start of the game, Delgado should be able to feed on some defensive rebounds.

  • 2003Pirate

    This team will continue to do what it does. If firing on all 8 cyl we should come out of Wisconsin with a win.

  • z06

    I would agree with everybody on this one ,don’t think we could get a W but I wouldn’t Be surprise if the Hall Wins .Either way it wouldn’t be the end of the world with a lost many more games like this as we go further into the season

  • LBP

    I actually like the Hall match-up with the “Golden Eagles nee Warriors”– This group of Seniors ( they will be playing their 115 th Game together) has a fairly good track record and is confident. Plus the Hall is pushing up their level of Play.
    I also believe that the Frosh will have an opportunity to show their D v. the small and quick Guards of the Golden Eagles ( still does not sound right) –This Hall Team makes nothing easy but relatively I see an easy win

  • SHU95

    Does anyone know if there is a link to stream this game?

  • 2003Pirate

    What is with all the negative Nancy posts on this thread? Our guys are good. We have the size, will dominate the boards, and will adjust on the fly to keep the shots down. The Hall will be in it the whole way. Looking forward to a great game, and being 9-0 headed to philly to take on Nova.

    • PadrePirate

      I prefer Debbie Downer, Poopy Polly, or Sour Sally (feel free to add…). I know our guys are good, I just think MU is a tough match up for us in a tough road venue. Last year, we split and they have improved. Doesn’t mean I don’t want a W, just a best guess. I’m not staying up for a 3am tip, so please route for me. GO HALL!

      • PadrePirate

        Panic-stricken Pamela or Frantically Frightened Fran don’t exactly capture all my emotions but have a nice ring…

    • VinBick

      Agree with you 20….. The Hall is a strong, experienced team with the ability to win in anyone’s house. The Pirate ship is really tough in troubled waters. Had a dream last night that we go 18-0 in the Big East! What the hell, why not?

  • Matty P

    According to ESPN’s BPI as of a couple days ago SHU would be in the top 10 with the best chance to get a #1 seed. I don’t realistically think they are going to achieve a 1 or even 2 seed, but would be thrilled if they end up as a 5 seed or better.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0741708203774972398-4

  • Matty P

    Team should’ve decided to save their time and money and skip the trip to Marquette. The only guy who looked like he was ready to play was Sanogo. They got beat in every facet of the game today.