Previewing Wagner: Seton Hall trying to build momentum ahead of Charleston

In their final game before heading south to the Charleston Classic next week, Seton Hall will look to take care of Wagner on Sunday afternoon in Walsh Gym.

Scouting Wagner:

The Staten Island-based school took a rebuilding St. John’s team to the wire on Friday night and look to be a bit of an upgrade when compared to Dartmouth. Wagner (0-1) was within three points with two minutes to play – I was watching during halftime at the Rock – and edged the Johnnies on the boards 42-38 including 15 offensive rebounds.

Leading returning scorer and center Mike Aaman was held scoreless at Carnesecca, but former Michigan State Spartan Dwaun Anderson (11 pts, 13 rebs) did it all on the wing while scoring guard Corey Henson (16 pts, 4-8 3pt) was a threat from deep and 6-7 sophomore forward Japhet Kadji added 14 off the bench, 12 of which came from beyond the arc.

One-time Texas Tech commit Michael Carey, who came to Wagner via junior college, started his first game for the Seahawks last night. While they didn’t start on Friday, point guard JoJo Cooper and forward Henry Brooks will contribute and round out Wagner’s 7/8-man rotation.

Three things to watch:

The battle on the wings. 6-5 Michael Carey, 6-4 Dwaun Anderson, and 6-3 Corey Henson all have size at the one through three spots and the former two are going to hit the glass hard in the mold of Derrick Gordon. It’ll be a tough early test for guys like Gordon, Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo while Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington will now be faced with the challenge of drawing fouls against guys with some size.

Limiting turnovers, especially early. Seton Hall turned it over 9 times in the first 12 minutes last night but then coughed the rock up just twice over the next 10 minutes during which their offense found its rhythm. Well aware of his team’s 20 turnovers, Isaiah Whitehead said post-game how he quickly noticed he was trying to force passes and that the team perhaps pushed the ball a little bit too much early on. Let’s see if this changes or stays the same at Walsh.

Perimeter play. Defensively, Seton Hall will need to key in on Corey Henson and a potential matchup problem in Japhet Kadji. Offensively, it’ll be interesting to track how the team follows up on a 4-for-8 showing from the perimeter against Dartmouth. Kevin Willard remarked post-game that he couldn’t remember a team of his that shot so few threes and reiterated that Veer Singh returning to full health will make an impact in this area. As of now, Whitehead is clearly the Hall’s big threat from beyond the arc; let’s see if Derrick Gordon plays more point guard in order to free him up off the ball.

Trainer’s table:

Veer Singh – Not 100%, will play with light brace on wrist
Dalton Soffer – Sprained ankle, OUT
Derrick Gordon – Sprained ankle on Monday, will play with heavy tape

KenPom says: No. 73 Seton Hall 79, No. 260 Wagner 65 (90%)

Projected Wagner starters:

Stats from loss to St. John’s
G – Corey Henson (16 pts, 2 asts)
G – Michael Carey (4 pts, 6 rebs)
G/F – Dwaun Anderson (11 pts, 13 rebs)
F – Japhet Kadji (14 pts, 3 rebs)
F – Mike Aaman (0 pts, 3 rebs)

Projected Seton Hall starters:

PG – Isaiah Whitehead
G – Khadeen Carrington
F – Desi Rodriguez
F – Ismael Sanogo
F/C – Angel Delgado

Time: 1:30 et
TV: Fox Sports 1 (Dave Sims & Donny Marshall)
Radio: 570 AM (Gary Cohen & Dave Popkin)
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