DePaul Blue Demons (7-8, 0-2) vs. Seton Hall Pirates (11-3, 1-1) – Saturday, January 7, 11:00 a.m. Central – Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Television – CBS Sports Network
Radio – WSCR AM 670
After two hard-fought battles against Villanova and St. John's to open conference play, DePaul finds themselves back on the road Saturday when it visits Newark, New Jersey to take on the Seton Hall Pirates.
The defending Big East Tournament champs will once again present a formidable challenge for the Blue Demons. At 11-3 (1-1 in the Big East), the Pirates are looking to go back to the NCAA Tournament and possess a solid KenPom.com RPI of 53.
Seton Hall, like DePaul will have six days of rest to prepare for the game. The Pirates, who lost at Creighton in their Big East opener, rebounded to beat Marquette on Sunday to even up their conference record.
The Pirates have won seven out of their last eight games and are looking like a team that will head back to the NCAA Tournament. Although Seton Hall lost Isaiah Whitehead from last season, as you can see, the team has still kept humming along. It may not be as dangerous as it was last season, but the Pirates are dangerous nonetheless.
Without Whitehead, the Pirates are getting a lot of balance as four players average in double figures. Two players in particular, Khadeen Carrington and Angel Delgado, do much of the heavy lifting.
Carrington leads the Pirates in scoring with 19.3 points per game, while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and a blistering 47.7 percent from three-point range. He is a pure scorer. To say he is a confident basketball player would be an understatement.
Delgado, meanwhile, may just be the most underrated big man in the country. He has recorded eight double-doubles in a row and is averaging 14.6 points and 11.6 rebounds per game (the latter stat leads the Big East and ranks fifth nationally). With DePaul undersized as it is, the Demons will be seriously lucky if they can deny Delgado from getting another double-double.
Junior wing Desi Rodriguez (14.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game) and freshman guard Myles Powell (10.4 points per game) are head coach Kevin Willard's other two double-figure scorers. Every team needs good complementary scoring, and these two players surely fit that bill.
Also look for Ismael Sanogo to make an impact. The rugged 6-foot-8 junior is Seton Hall's glue guy and although he doesn't score so much (3.6 points per game), he averages 7.3 rebounds per game and is one of the conference's better defensive players.
In all, Willard has himself a fine veteran group that has displayed a lot of chemistry playing with each other.
DePaul has clearly battled to the bitter end in its losses to Villanova and St. John's. Sometime soon, DePaul has to award themselves with a win.
For DePaul, they surely need to get good efforts from Eli Cain and Billy Garrett as usual if it has ideas of winning. It could also get a big boost if Tre'Darius McCallum continues to play well.
The versatile junior college transfer is averaging a healthy 15 points and 8 rebounds in his last six games. And did you know that his 7.4 rebounds per game average on the season is second to Delgado in the Big East?
Regardless, a win on the road against a team looking to enhance its standing in regards to its post-season chances will be tough. DePaul will have to definitely bring a consistent, 40-minute effort for a chance at a win.
The Last Time
On March 5, 2016 at Allstate Arena, Seton Hall defeated the Blue Demons 80-66.
Seton Hall point guard Isaiah Whitehead came ready to play with a career high performance of 33 points that sunk DePaul’s chances of a victory on Senior Day.
Whitehead led the late charge for the Pirates with 25 of his 33 points coming in the second half.
The turning point in the game came when Whitehead saved the ball from going out of bounds and setup a breakaway for Khadeen Carrington with 9:28 to go in the game. Carrington was then pushed from behind as he was going up for a dunk by DePaul senior guard Aaron Simpson.
Simpson was ejected after a flagrant two foul was called for his push.
Khadeen Carrington contributed 17 points, while Desi Rodriguez added 11 points, and Angel Delgado grabbed 10 rebounds.
DePaul was led by the play of junior guard Billy Garrett with 18 points and Myke Henry’s 15 points in his final game at Allstate Arena.
Rashaun Stimage started for the Blue Demons and racked up seven points and seven rebounds.
Seton Hall Roster
Full Name Class Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School Previous College
Khadeen Carrington 0 Khadeen Carrington Jr. G 6-4 195 Brooklyn, N.Y. Bishop Loughlin
Michael Nzei 1 Michael Nzei So. F 6-8 205 Makurdi, Nigeria Our Savior New American (N.Y.)
Jevon Thomas 2 Jevon Thomas Jr. G 6-1 185 Queens, N.Y. St. John's Northwest Military Academy (Wis.) Kansas State
Eron Gordon 4 Eron Gordon Fr. G 6-3 190 Indianapolis, Ind. Cathedral/North Central
Myles Powell 13 Myles Powell Fr. G 6-2 195 Trenton, N.J. Trenton Catholic
Ismael Sanogo 14 Ismael Sanogo Jr. F 6-8 215 Newark, N.J. East Side High School
Desi Rodriguez 20 Desi Rodriguez Jr. F 6-6 215 Bronx, N.Y. Abraham Lincoln
Dalton Soffer 21 Dalton Soffer So. G 6-6 195 San Diego, Calif. Poway
Michael Dowdy, Jr. 22 Michael Dowdy, Jr. Sr. G 6-0 190 Chicago, Ill. University of Chicago Laboratory
Rashed Anthony 25 Rashed Anthony Jr. F 6-9 235 Orangeburg, S.C. Flora Macdonald Academy
Madison Jones 30 Madison Jones Sr. G 6-2 160 Raleigh, N.C. Ravenscroft School Wake Forest
Angel Delgado 31 Angel Delgado Jr. F 6-10 240 Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic Patrick School (N.J.)
Manny Anderson 35 Manny Anderson Fr. G 6-4 190 Franklin, N.J. Worcester Academy