Seton Hall fans will get to see their team in action for the first time when the Pirates host La Salle tonight at Walsh Gym.
A few days removed from beating Boston College 86-71 behind closed doors, Seton Hall will play the first of two exhibition games with Division II LIU Post coming to town on Saturday.
Added late-on as a Puerto Rico hurricane relief game, tonight’s clash sees a Pirates team equipped with a fresh No. 23 preseason AP ranking against a La Salle group picked ninth in the preseason Atlantic 10 poll.
The Pioneers (15-15, 9-9) are led by former Syracuse forward BJ Johnson (17.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg) — a second-team all-conference selection — and one-time Hall recruit Pookie Powell (13.7 ppg, 3.1 apg) at point guard.
The game won’t be televised on TV, but 89.5 WSOU will have the call at 7:30 and live stats can be browsed here.
Three things to watch for, my projected starting lineup, and predicted outcome are all below.
- Point guard play. Expecting Khadeen Carrington to become a pass-first guy over a summer is not realistic. Keep an eye on the transition here but also how the rest of Seton Hall’s offense adapts to not having a pure point guard; Was Kevin Willard’s preseason hype of Eron Gordon accurate?
- New-comer impact. How much time will Sandro Mamukelashvili, Myles Cale, and Jordan Walker see? Pirates fans are anxious to witness what they can do right away.
- Off-season rust. Big expectations and a No. 23 ranking… These games don’t count, but they can build — or hold back — momentum heading into the season.
PG – Khadeen Carrington
2G – Myles Powell
F – Desi Rodriguez
F – Ish Sanogo
C – Angel Delgado
Score: SH 83-68