DePaul Blue Demons (9-19, 2-13) vs. Seton Hall Pirates (17-10, 7-8) – Saturday, February 25th, 1:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Television – FOX Sports Networks, The U-Too TV in Chicago, YES Network
Radio – WSCR AM 670
Once again, the Blue Demons find themselves in the role of playing the spoiler to Seton Hall’s NCAA tournament chances. Seton Hall sits in sixth place in the Big East and squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble.
The Pirates are 17-10 and coming off a 71-64 defeat of Xavier. Ken Pomeroy has them at 58th in his College Hoops ratings as of this writing.
At the moment, ESPN prognosticator Joe Lunardi has Seton Hall as one of the last four in the NCAA tournament field of 68.
DePaul’s pirate killer of the past Jamee Crockett is long gone, so the Demons will be searching for someone to fuel the team to an upset of the Hall that could pop their bubble.
Coming off a 67-65 win at Georgetown, DePaul should have some more confidence coming into this game.
The Blue Demons haven’t fared well against teams with dominating big men this season, and it’s difficult to find one more dominant than Angel Delgado.
DePaul coach Dave Leitao described Delgado as the one of the best offensive rebounders to come around in a long time.
Delgado leads the nation in rebounding, gathering 13.1 boards per game. He is also tops in the country in offensive rebounds at 4.8 per game. Angel is averaging 15.7 points per game.
To see what kind of impact Delgado can have on the game, look no further than Seton Hall’s 87-56 shellacking of the Demons in Newark back on January 7th. In that game, the Blue Demons were outrebounded by a 42-27 margin with Delgado collecting 12 boards.
Note: Former DePaul star Bobby Simmons will be honored at the game for his induction into the DePaul Hall of Fame. See the below story as Simmons looks back on his career at DePaul and in the NBA.
The Last Time
On January 7, 2017 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Blue Demons fell 87-56 to the Pirates.
In a game of runs early in which DePaul went on a 10-0 run to even up the game midway through the first half, Seton Hall went on a definitive 15-6 run to end the first half. That proved to be an ominous foreshadowing of things to come.
From there the Pirates' rout was on, as Seton Hall opened the second half on a demonstrative and demoralizing 26-4 run. The game was never in doubt from that point on, as Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard played his second unit for the last 10-12 minutes of the second stanza.
It seems like DePaul did not know what hit them, as the Blue Demons came undone at the seams.
In the end, Rodriguez scored a game-high 25 points (23 which came in the first half), while Delgado recorded his ninth-straight double double, as he went for 20 points and 12 rebounds.
The Demons had absolutely no answer for these two players.
For DePaul, about the only player to show up was Billy Garrett. The senior played 32 minutes and scored 22 points on 8-11 shooting from the field, while turning the ball over three times.
Besides Garrett's hot shooting, the rest of the team shot a miserable 12-43 from the floor. Overall, Seton Hall shot 54.1 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from three-point range, while DePaul shot 37 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from three-point range.
Led by Delgado, Seton Hall also killed DePaul on the boards, out-rebounding DePaul 42-27.
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.)
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