DePaul Blue Demons (11-12, 5-5) vs. Seton Hall (15-6, 5-4) – Tuesday February 3rd, 8:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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While DePaul managed to pull an upset of 24th ranked Seton Hall back on January 22nd, the Blue Demons are likely to see a different look Pirates team on Tuesday night. That’s because freshman phenom Isaiah Whitehead has returned from injury to the Seton Hall lineup after missing the previous nine games.
Whitehead returned in triumphant fashion in Saturday’s 90-82 defeat of Xavier in Newark. He racked up 19 points on four for nine from the field, four rebounds, and three assists.
Whitehead and fellow guard Sterling Gibbs combined for 41 points in the win over Xavier.
Gibbs was named to this week’s Big East Honor Roll. He averaged 23 points and nine assists last week in wins over Xavier and Marquette. Sterling also racked up his first career double-double with 24 points and a career-high 10 assists at Marquette.
DePaul did manage to limit Gibbs to just eight points in their first meeting. That feat will be even harder to duplicate with Whitehead back in the lineup now.
After the win over Xavier, Gibbs said that the keys to the game against DePaul for the Pirates are playing better defense and containing Billy Garrett, Jr.
Garrett seems like he has a bullseye on his back lately. He was the focus of Villanova’s defense in a loss on Saturday.
While Seton Hall is looking for revenge, DePaul is hungry for a win since they haven’t won a game since when they last met Seton Hall. The Demons have lost three straight, two on the road and one at home to seventh ranked Villanova on Saturday afternoon.
If DePaul is to get back on track in Big East play, they will have to find a way to contend with Whitehead.
This one will be quite the contrast in styles. The Blue Demons are the top three point shooting team in the Big East. Seton Hall though now has the top three point shooting defense in the country at 26%. The Pirates held Xavier to 1 of 19 shooting on Saturday.
The Last Time
On January 22nd 2015 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Blue Demons walked away with a 64-60 win over the 24th ranked Pirates.
The Blue Demons pulled off the win despite Billy Garrett, Jr. fouling out with just over five minutes to go and trailing by eight points. Garrett added 13 points for the Blue Demons.
Four DePaul players finished in double-figures. Myke Henry led the Demons with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Darrick Wood contributed with 11 points. Rashaun Stimage had his best game as a Demon with 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
The Demons also did a fantastic job of shutting down Seton Hall's leading scorer Sterling Gibbs. Gibbs shot a woeful 2-16 from the field (0-7 from three-point range) and was held to just eight points.
Seton Hall got a monster night from Angel Delgado, who erupted for a huge 19-point, 19-rebound double-double, which topped the team.
In a game that was ugly with neither team scorching the nets (DePaul shot 37.5 from the field, Seton Hall shot 30 percent), it still was a thing of beauty for DePaul, who come away winners on the road in the Big East over a ranked team.
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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