DePaul Blue Demons (10-9, 4-2) vs. No. 24 Seton Hall Pirates (13-4, 3-2) – Thursday January 22nd, 6:00 p.m. Central – Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
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Here we are now three weeks into the season and Thursday's game between DePaul (10-9, 4-2) and No. 24 Seton Hall involves two teams exceeding expectations. Currently, there are five teams in the conference with two losses, with DePaul and Seton Hall being two of them. So, Thursday's game should be ripe with intrigue.
As we know, it's a been a long, grinding road for DePaul to get here, but Seton Hall came into the season amid renewed hopes, and they are delivering early on those prospects. They have raced out to a 13-4 record (3-2 in conference) and are looking like they are on track to make the NCAA Tournament come March.
The Pirates are most recently coming off an overtime loss to Butler, 79-75, at home last Tuesday. So, they have had nine days to rest and be recharged for this affair. Meanwhile, DePaul comes into this game after recently beating St. John's, 71-67, in overtime on Sunday.
While the Hall are minus stud freshman Isaiah Whitehead (11.9 points per game, while missing the last six games) at the moment, they are still playing above expectations. They got off to a rousing start by knocking off two top-25 teams (Villanova and St. John's) in succession to begin Big East play.
The Pirates have one of the most underrated backcourts in the Big East with Sterling Gibbs and Jaren Sina leading the way. They have no fear shooting the ball and Gibbs, in particular, is having a fantastic season. Enough so, that he may be in consideration for Big East Player of the Year.
Gibbs leads the team in scoring with 17.2 points per game (which is third in the Big East) and, put simply, is an assassin. He shoots a blistering .495 from three-point range (tops in the Big East) and is a guy you must account for late in games, as he is as clutch as you can possibly get. Sina, who chips in 7.1 points per game can also scorch the nets, as he shoots .337 percent from three-point range.
Seton Hall is also getting great production from a couple of other key freshmen in Khadeem Carrington and Angel Delgado.
Carrington is coming off a great week in which he was named Big East Freshman of the Week after he scored a career-high 20 points, including 7-of-7 from the free-throw line in the loss to Butler. For the season, he is averaging 8.8 points per game.
Delgado, on the other hand, has been the Pirates most consistent frontcourt performer. On any given night, he is capable of producing a double-double. He is averaging 8.9 points per game and a team-high 9.1 rebounds per game (which ranks second in the Big East).
So, when you add it all up, the Pirates have one of the more complete teams in the Big East.
Where DePaul has to be worried is about Seton Hall's matchup zone. They allow teams to shoot just.265 percent from three-point range, easily ranking first in the Big East. Seton Hall is also active on the boards, ranking second in the conference while pulling down 36.8 rebounds per game.
Suffice to say, DePaul will have to be on top of their game if they want to come away victors in this contest. It may be a simple matter of if DePaul can continue to knock down their threes (they rank tied for first in the conference with 8.2 three pointers made per game and in three-point percentage-370%) in this game.
The Last Time
On February 25, 2014 at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena, DePaul snapped their 10 game losing streak with a 65-60 win over Seton Hall.
DePaul sophomore guard Durrell McDonald, who was celebrating his 20th birthday, registered a key three pointer with the shot clock winding down with 2:55 left to put the Blue Demons on top 61-58.
A minute later and Brandon Young helped seal the win with a dunk and followed that up by making two free throws with 12 seconds to play to ice the victory.
Four Blue Demons finished in double figures. Young led the way with 19 points. McDonald finished with a career-high 15 points on five of six shooting. Freshman guard Billy Garrett, Jr. contributed with 15 points.
Senior center Sandi Marcius added a 10 point, 9 rebound performance in 35 minutes in the winning effort for the Blue Demons.
DePaul shot 60 percent from the floor in the victory.
Seton Hall was led by the play of senior Fuquan Edwin with 21 points and Jaren Sina with 12 points.
The Blue Demons won despite playing without freshman center Tommy Hamilton IV who sat out the game with a stomach virus.
Seton Hall Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
0 Carrington, Khadeen G 6-3 190 FR Brooklyn, N.Y. (Bishop Loughlin)
1 Nzei, Michael F 6-7 190 FR Makurdi, Nigeria (Our Savior New American - N.Y.)
2 Mobley, Brandon F 6-9 225 SR Savannah, Ga. (St. John's Military Academy - Wis.)
4 Gibbs, Sterling G 6-2 185 JR Scotch Plains, N.J. (University of Texas)
13 Karlis, Haralds G 6-6 210 SR Riga, Latvia (Canarias Basketball Academy)
14 Sanogo, Ismael G 6-7 190 FR Newark, N.J. (East Side High School)
15 Whitehead, Isaiah G 6-4 210 FR Brooklyn, N.Y. (Abraham Lincoln)
20 Rodriguez, Desi F 6-6 215 FR Bronx, N.Y. (Abraham Lincoln)
22 Morton, Trevonn G 6-1 185 FR Brooklyn, N.Y. (Abraham Lincoln)
25 Anthony, Rashed F 6-9 235 RS FR Orangeburg, S.C. (Flora Macdonald Academy)
30 Sina, Jaren G 6-2 185 SO Lake Hopatcong, N.J. (Gill St. Bernard's)
31 Delgado, Angel F 6-9 230 FR Bajos De Haina, Dominican Rep. (Patrick School - N.J.)
42 Ajou, Chier C 7-1 245 JR Aweil, South Sudan (Northwestern University)
45 Manga, Stephane F 6-6 220 SR Orleans, France (Monroe College)
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