DePaul Blue Demons vs. Seton Hall Pirates – Tuesday, February 10th, 8:00 p.m. Central
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Arrrr and avast there ye scurvy Demon fans, there be Pirates ahead. Ahem, that would be the Seton Hall Pirates and not the Captain Jack Sparrow variety. The Pirates drop anchor at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night as the Blue Demons continue to try to navigate the treacherous squalls that are the Big East conference schedule.
After losing 11 straight DePaul is just trying to keep their head above water and are as desperate for a win as a man on a deserted island is for a drop of rum.
Seton Hall comes in riding a four game winning streak. They managed to pillage their first conference road win at in-state rival Rutgers on Sunday.
The Pirates had floundered on the road until their 65-60 win at Rutgers.
Sophomore guard Jeremy Hazell has been leading the way for the Pirates and has been plundering opposing defenses. Hazell led the Hall with 21 points on Sunday following 31 points in a win over St. John's. Jeremy scored a career-high 35 point in the team's first meeting with Rutgers.
Hazell comes into Tuesday's game as the second leading scorer in the conference, and ninth in the country, averaging 23.1 points a game.
Hazell's supporting crew consists of junior forward Robert Mitchell (15.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and junior guard Eugene Harvey (12.7 ppg) who are both averaging in double-figures. Senior big man John Garcia has been a steady force in the middle with 7.8 ppg and grabbing 7.2 rpg.
Tuesday's game will be a reunion for DePaul freshman Devin Hill and Seton Hall freshman Jordan Theodore (5.5 ppg). Hill and Theodore played on the AAU circuit for the New York Gauchos along with WVU's Truck Bryant and UConn's Kemba Walker. Both Hill and Theodore sport tattoos that read "Family 4 Life".
The Blue Demons will be without the services of guard Jabari Currie who learned on Monday that he has a torn meniscus and will be out for the remainder of his senior season.
If the Blue Demons hope to prevent the Pirates from hoisting the Jolly Roger over Allstate Arena, they will need to defend and figure out a way to lock down Hazell.
DePaul will need to bring the strength of the Spanish Armada to hold off these Pirates as they seek the treasure that will end their losing skid.
See you there mateys. Yo Ho Ho!
DePaul Coach Jerry Wainwright on Seton Hall
"They play fast," Wainwright told WSCR Radio. "They're kind of chaotic. They press. They're a smaller team. They have an outstanding point guard, one of the best in the league, in Eugene Harvey. He's battle-tested and he's got a lot of games under his belt. He plays with great, great confidence. The key to the game will be that we don't, in any way whatsoever, turn the basketball over that leads to points. Our shot selection must be inside-out. We have to make sure we don't take ill-advised shots, because they're all about the fast break and transition offense. We're going to have to control their speed to be successful."
The Last Time
On February 23, 2008, Seton Hall's seniors came up big in a 73-71 win over DePaul at the Prudential Center. Seniors Brian Laing (22 points on eight of 14 shooting) and Jamar Nutter (15 points on 5-10 shooting, all on three point attempts) would not let Seton Hall lose and made key basket after key basket in securing the win. Laing in particular was key for the Pirates. His jump shot in the lane with 16 seconds was the dagger that kept DePaul reeling. Junior center John Garcia chipped in 10 for the Pirates.
Will Walker led the Blue Demons with 20 points while going a perfect five of five from beyond the arc. Karron Clarke contributed 14 points while freshman Mac Koshwal added 10.
Seton Hall Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
2 Keon Lawrence G 6-2 175 Jr. Newark, N.J. (Univ. of Missouri)
4 Pete Peregrin G 6-0 165 Jr. South Plainfield, N.J. (Koinonia Academy)
10 Jordan Theodore G 6-0 170 Fr. Englewood, N.J. (Paterson Catholic)
13 Mike Davis F/C 6-11 255 So. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Brooklyn Academy)
15 Herb Pope F 6-8 235 So. Aliquippa, Pa. (New Mexico State Univ.)
20 Eugene Harvey G 6-0 165 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. (St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.))
21 Jeremy Hazell G 6-5 185 So. Harlem, N.Y. (Patterson School (N.C.))
22 Paul Gause G 5-11 188 Sr. Pittsgrove, N.J. (Arthur P. Schalick)
23 Robert Mitchell F 6-6 180 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Progress/Duquesne Univ.)
25 Matt Cajuste F 6-7 235 Fr. Old Westbury, N.Y. (Jericho)
30 Darnell Gatling G 5-9 160 So. Brooklyn, N.Y. (H.S./Law Enforcement & Public Safety)
31 John Garcia F/C 6-9 265 Sr. Brentwood, N.Y. (Brentwood)
33 Brandon Walters F 6-9 225 So. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Abraham Lincoln)
35 Melvyn Oliver C 6-11 340 Fr. Long Beach, Calif. (Mississippi Elite Christian Academy)
45 Jason Simmons F 6-7 193 Jr. Cliffwood, N.J. (Univ. of Alaska - Fairbanks)
Jeff Robinson F 6-5 232 So. Trenton, N.J. (Univ. of Memphis)
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