Following a scrappy mid-week win against Troy, Seton Hall (7-2) will play host to long-time in-state foe Saint Peter’s (3-4) in a Sunday afternoon matinee at Prudential Center.
The most-played non-conference opponent in Seton Hall history, Saint Peter’s will look to win for the second time in three tries at the Rock and put a dent in the 62-24 all-time series record.
Scouting Saint Peter’s:
Ranked 224th in KenPom, John Dunne’s Peacocks are playing this season after losing key seniors and top three scorers Marvin Dominique (13.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Desi Washington (13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Tyler Gaskins (9.2 ppg). Sitting at 292nd in team experience, Saint Peter’s dropped four straight games earlier this season, three of which were on the road, and have oddly started their MAAC season abnormally early in the form of wins over Rider and Siena.
As called by Jaden Daly early last month, freshman guard Antwon Portley (16.7 ppg) is leading the team in scoring including pouring in 30 points in his debut against Brown. Returning forwards Quadir Welton (12.8 ppg, 84 rpg) and Swedish senior Elias Desport (3.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg) will go up against a suddenly in-form Angel Delgado (8.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg) who has put up back-to-back double-doubles against Rutgers and Troy; Angel has rebounded in the double digits five games in a row now.
Neptune, New Jersey native Trevis Wyche (10.1, 4.6 apg) returns as a junior and plays point guard for the Peacocks while Trenton Catholic product Chazz Patterson (11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg) plays on the wing. Saint Peter’s has a heavy local flavor in their rotation including sophomore guard Elisha Boone (3 ppg, 3.4 rpg), who played with Isaiah Whitehead and Desi Rodriguez at Lincoln, as well as freshman guard Cameron Jones (6.9 ppg, 2 rpg; Pennsbury, Pa).
Saint Peter’s is fairly average to below average in most statistical categories but protect their defensive glass at the 10th-best rate in the country, which is a stat Mike Nzei (6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Ish Sanogo (5.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and Delgado (3.2 ORebpg) will put to the test.
Three things to watch:
With Ish Sanogo coming off the bench against Troy in his first action after injuring his shoulder, how will Kevin Willard manage him and an emerging Mike Nzei? Kevin Willard has been openly pleased with their production so far this season; I think he should ride the hot hand of Nzei and bring a recovering Sanogo off the bench on Sunday.
Some consistency assist-turnover wise from Isaiah Whitehead. I thought Isaiah played well against Troy despite taking some questionable shots but he needs to string two strong games in a row with a ratio over 2:1 in the assist:turnover department. He scored in a ton of ways and two of his turnovers weren’t very impactful but did take 20 shots.
Khadeen Carrington. Silently emerging as a more-efficient scorer than Whitehead, Seton Hall’s two-guard scored 11 and dished 4 against Troy and has reached double figures in seven-straight games now. Portley and Wyche vs Carrington and Whitehead will be fun.
Last 10 meetings (SHU 9-1; 62-24 all-time):
Dec 14, 2014 – SETON HALL 67, Saint Peter’s 52
Dec 14, 2013 – Seton Hall 80, SAINT PETER’S 83 (OT)
Nov 25, 2012 – SETON HALL 76, Saint Peter’s 61
Nov 26, 2011 – SETON HALL 63, Saint Peter’s 54
Nov 29, 2010 – SETON HALL 69, Saint Peter’s 49
Nov 13, 2009 – SETON HALL 53, Saint Peter’s 51
Dec 13, 2008 – SETON HALL 60, Saint Peter’s 46
Dec 4, 2007 – SETON HALL 85, Saint Peter’s 75
Nov 27, 2006 – SETON HALL 80, Saint Peter’s 60
Nov 28, 2005 – SETON HALL 66, Saint Peter’s 57
KenPom says: No. 55 Seton Hall 75, No. 224 Saint Peter’s 62 (89%)
Projected Saint Peter’s starters:
G – Elisha Boone
G – Antwon Portley
G/F – Chazz Patterson
F – Elias Desport
F – Quadir Welton
Projected Seton Hall starters:
PG – Isaiah Whitehead
G – Khadeen Carrington
F – Desi Rodriguez
F – Mike Nzei
F – Angel Delgado
Time: 2:30 et
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Opening line: Seton Hall -13.5