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DePaul vs. Seton Hall Preview

The Blue Demons return home to Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon to face the Seton Hall Pirates.  We preview the game in this report.  

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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

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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.  

Bobby Simmons Cherishes Past Experiences

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

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