Seton Hall must avoid history on trip to DePaul

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A DePaul team with just two wins in Big East play will look to repeat on Saturday what a Blue Demon team with two league wins did back in 2012: spoil Seton Hall’s NCAA bid.

Did you think I would let you forget about that fateful finish to Seton Hall’s 2011-12 season? Not a chance.

Here is the seemingly annual plug of Jamee Crockett’s rout-finalizing dunk on the Hall on that shocking, fateful day. 

Now that that is out of your system, here are my three keys to the Pirates staying afloat in Chicago prior to Senior Night against Georgetown this coming Tuesday.

Three keys to victory:

Avoid a slow start. Consistently stagnant starts to games have plagued the Pirates this year, including as recently as their tame first 10 minutes against Xavier mid-week which the Musketeers weren’t able to exploit. Seton Hall went up 16-6 in the first meeting (though DePaul answered with a 10-0 run) before putting away the Blue Demons just after the half. They know they can’t lose on Saturday, a slow start may get into their heads a little bit.

Continue to focus on what has been working. And that starts with big man Angel Delgado. The Dominican native is on another double-double streak and looked unstoppable against Xavier. DePaul has great average height, but a front line that isn’t any taller than 6-foot-8; Delgado tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes when these two schools met last month. An increased focus on crisp ball movement is also a theme here: the Hall needs to replicate what they did just after the first 10 minutes on Wednesday night.

Shut down DePaul’s two big guns. Point guard Billy Garrett Jr. (14.6 ppg, 3.2 apg) and wing Eli Cain (15.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg) do the heavy lifting for Dave Leitao, which sounds like a job for Madison Jones and Ish Sanogo, respectively. As a team, the Hall’s defense was much better against Xavier — they will need to focus on that to perhaps help them get off to a quick start.

KenPom says: No. 57 Seton Hall 72, No. 183 DePaul 67 (68%)

Last 10 meetings (Seton Hall 6-4; 13-6 all-time)

Jan. 7, 2017, SETON HALL 87, DePaul 56, Newark, N.J.
March 5, 2016, SETON HALL 80, DePaul 66, Rosemont, Ill.
Jan. 2, 2016, SETON HALL 78, DePaul 74, Newark, N.J.
Feb. 3, 2015, DePaul 75, SETON HALL 62, Rosemont, Ill.
Jan. 22, 2015, DePaul 64, SETON HALL 60, Newark, N.J.
Feb. 25, 2014, DePaul 65, SETON HALL 60, Rosemont, Ill.
Jan. 25, 2014, SETON HALL 86, DePaul 69, Newark, N.J.
Jan. 2, 2013, SETON HALL 73, DePaul 72, Rosemont, Ill.
Mar. 3., 2012, DePaul 86, SETON HALL 58, Rosemont, Ill.
Jan. 10, 2012, SETON HALL 94, DePaul 73, Newark, N.J.

Projected DePaul starters
PG – Billy Garrett Jr
G – Eli Cain
G/F – Brandon Cyrus
F – Joe Hanel
F – Tre’Darius McCallum

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

When: Saturday, 2PM
TV: FSN/YES Network
Radio: AM970 (Gary Cohen & Dave Popkin)
Opening line: Seton Hall -7

  • PadrePirate

    2011-12 was a heartbreaking season, with the string of 6 L’s in Jan, then the final reg season death blow L’s to Rutgers and DePaul…The ghost of Jamee Crockett must not rise again this year. Hope the guys are not taking this one for granted. GO HALL!

  • Joe J

    The biggest key to this game is avoiding the slow start. If the Hall starts the game cold and DePaul jumps out to an early double digit lead we may be looking at 2012 all over again. They must start this game with passion, desire and desperation and don’t give DePaul any confidence and hope that they can pull off the upset.

  • LBP

    This Team is not 2012. Nevertheless, this Team will not make it easy on us–just not in it’s DNA. Depaul is a good match-up for the Hall. Hope Pirates just take care of business and I will “worry ” about GTown later.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I’m not worried about a let down today. This is a much different team than 5 years ago. Hopefully we can come out early and get off to a fast start.

  • VinBick

    Damn Comcast! No YES Network available, yet. Have my ticket for Tuesday night for the G’town game, though. Gotta win these two and then pray….

  • LBP

    Looks like it will be a long afternoon –Angel had probs in First half and thank goodness MP bringing “all game’ today

  • Ardy

    This is what drives me crazy. When MP gets hot they commit turnovers instead of passing the ball to him. They always let him cool off then they go to him when we get in a jam. Just watch!

    • PadrePirate

      Totally agree. I just don’t get Willard’s use of Powell. No FG’s in the 2H for him, just two foul shots.

      • Joe J

        Madison Jones has no concept of a game situation. What the hell is he doing fouling Billy Garrett? His lack of basketball knowledge is terrible.

        • PadrePirate

          Agree but you gotta wonder why Willard didn’t give clear instructions to the guys to protect the ball and not foul during that last TO. I think they had like 3 or 4 fouls in the last 30 sec. It wasn’t just MJ either, MP and KC also fouled. Really poor thinking all around.

          • LBP

            PadrePirate– You really have to tell that to your Graduate FloorLeader? OK I will stop

          • Joe J

            No you are dead on LBP. Willard was going nuts on the sidelines after that last MJ foul. I am sure the coaches and players told each other no fouls. MJ is just playing on another planet sometimes. He missed a needless layup vs Xavier that almost cost them the last game too.

  • LBP

    Was I right? The longest Game of All-Time–( almost) BTW is this M.Jones first Basket Ball Game???–he was so dismal today

    • PadrePirate

      Had 1 FG and 3 FTs. 3 dimes and 3 steals, but 4 TOs. Some crazy brain-less fouls during the last minute by MJ, MP, and KC. Almost blew this one.

      • LBP

        PadrePirate all he had to do was run sound sets when Hall was up 20–he did not. He stopped in corners at least 3xs and picked up dribble before crossing time line– he has to be a better leader. Oh well, I reverted–said I would not blame him again this year but I did–shame on me–otherwise great win ( they played hard )

        • PadrePirate

          Can’t see that kind of stuff on my radio (Europe). Must be frustrating to watch, but like you or Fish said this week, “He is what he is and we’re probably seeing the best he’s got”…

          • LBP

            Sorta happy you did not see it PadrePirate–want you to come back to the USA 🙂

          • PadrePirate

            Won’t get to come home until July…
            At least it goes down as a W in the books. Gtown has nothing to play for but honor at this point, but it’s going to be a very tough game with only 6 players. Last game went into OT.

    • Joe J

      Could not agree more. There is no explanation on what he did with 3 seconds left. I’d love someone to ask him what he was thinking. Willard needs to question him.

  • PadrePirate

    What a terrible final 5 min w/o a FG. Held on by FTs and a bit of luck. Guys were winded. With Ish out again, we’re down to a 6 man rotation.

    • LBP

      It is even more than that –Ish really played well today and killed their Offense– G-Town will be very ruff–we all need all Pirates on deck–

  • VinBick

    A win is a win. But it could not have been any worse down the stretch as the guards really almost gave the Demons this one. Carrington was as bad as Jones handling the ball poorly. They did make their foul shots when the game was on the line.

    Get a gang together and come out to the Rock on Tuesday to help make the place rock and roll for two hours! Once again, the season is on the line for a tournament bid. Big East seeding will be determined, too.

  • fouline

    Yes, a win is a win until our sloppy, inconsistent play becomes a loss. We are so far from prime time it’s embarrassing. And we have a talented core to do it. That’s the frustrating part of the season for me.