DePaul vs. Seton Hall Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons face the Seton Hall Pirates in an early Valentine's Day showdown in Newark, New Jersey.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Seton Hall Pirates – Sunday, February 14th, 11:00 a.m. Central – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

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Game Preview

DePaul concludes their three game road trip this Sunday as the Demons prepare for a Valentine's Day matinee in Newark, New Jersey as they take on the Seton Hall Pirates.

The Pirates are a formidable foe who are still entertaining the idea of possibly playing their way into the NCAA Tournament. Seton Hall just pulled off a nice win on Thursday night after they beat another NCAA Tournament bubble team Notre Dame at home 90-87 to improve their record to 13-9 (4-7 in the Big East). Seton Hall still has a ways to go if they are to be in the discussion for the NCAA Tournament and thus can take no team lightly. They are currently tied for 11th place in the Big East.

DePaul comes into the game after losing their last five games and enters the contest with an 8-15 (1-10 in Big East play) record. DePaul has had some close calls and are always fighting to the end says Interim Head Coach Tracy Webster.

"We have to finish the game and understand that in certain situations we cannot take quick shots," Webster told WSCR radio.

In DePaul's most recent 64-57 loss at Connecticut last Saturday, DePaul had a lead with five minutes to go but could not close it out. Also, nobody can forget the scare they put into Syracuse two weeks ago.

"The right guys have to take the shots and we know who those guys are," added Webster. "Everyone else needs to continue to know their role and understand time and score situations where we need to get the ball. Hopefully in watching film, we'll get better and we'll learn from our mistakes and continue to try to build on the things that we're strong at."

Seton Hall will be just another tough test in the rugged Big East. Led by head coach Bobby Gonzalez, the Pirates love to play an up-tempo game and get out and run and score. They are currently fourth in the Big East in scoring while scoring on average 81.5 points per game.

Conversely, DePaul is dead last while scoring 59.8 points per game. While DePaul struggles on offense, they do place seventh in the Big East in scoring defense by allowing 65.3 points per game. And to further illustrate the difference in team personnel, Seton Hall is 15th in the league in scoring defense by allowing on average 75 points per game.

So this game is again a difference in tempo.

"I think they are a pretty tough team, especially playing at home," Webster said on his WSCR radio show. "They have some guys that can really score the basketball. They are not afraid to get out and run. They want to get out and run and put points on the board. It's just like any other Big East team, we're going to have to definitely get back and get ready for their transition."

Seton Hall's offense is led by pure scorer 6-5 junior guard Jeremy Hazell. Hazell is torching the nets to the tune of 22.6 points per game, good for second in the Big East. You always have to be aware of where Hazell is on the floor as he has unlimited range.

And Webster knows this.

"They have a really, really good scorer in Hazell," admitted Webster. "I know him really well. He's going to be a guy that's going to try to come in and take shots. I truly believe that Will Walker can score like him. He's a guy that's going to look to get his shots. We have to not just be aware of him, but be aware of all those guys that they have on their team."

Seton Hall is not a one-dimensional team as they had a solid force down low with Herb Pope patrolling the middle. Pope, a 6-8 sophomore forward, averages 11.5 ppg and 10.8 rebounds per game, good for first in the Big East. The battle down low between him and DePaul's Mac Koshwal will be an intriguing match-up.

Besides Hazell and Pope, Seton Hall also places four other players who average more than eight points per game. DePaul places only two players, Walker and Koshwal, above eight points per game.

So which will win out offense or defense?

"It's going to be an interesting game," concluded Webster. "Going into their place, I'm sure they're probably thinking ‘we can probably get this game', but we have to have our guys ready."

Back to the Hall:

Another homecoming of sorts will on tap this Sunday as former Seton Hall assistant coach Billy Garrett will be back in New Jersey. Garrett, now an assistant at DePaul, was an assistant for Seton Hall from 2001-2006.

The Last Time

In February 2009, the Pirates controlled the game from the opening tip with their pressing defense, forcing turnovers, and scoring in transition in their 72-49 domination of DePaul at Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Tuesday night.

Point guard Eugene Harvey scored 19 points and dished out six assists.

Three others finished in double-figures for Seton Hall. Robert Mitchell scored 16 and grabbed nine boards. Freshman guard Jordan Theodore contributed 11. The Demons did manage to hold Seton Hall's leading scorer Jeremy Hazell to 13 points on five of 14 shooting.

DePaul was led by sophomore Dar Tucker with 19 points, yet only one other Demon finished in double-figures as the team struggled offensively shooting 32.7% from the field. Sophomore Mac Koshwal finished with a double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds. Junior guard Will Walker was held to eight points.

Seton Hall Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)

2 Lawrence, Keon G 6-2 177 Jr. Newark, N.J. (Univ. of Missouri)

10 Theodore, Jordan G 6-0 174 So. Englewood, N.J. (Paterson Catholic)

15 Pope, Herb F 6-8 236 So. Aliquippa, Pa. (New Mexico State Univ.)

20 Harvey, Eugene G 6-0 184 Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y. (St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.))

21 Hazell, Jeremy G 6-5 188 Jr. Harlem, N.Y. (Patterson School (N.C.))

22 Jackson, Jamel G 6-3 202 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Technical Career Institutes)

23 Mitchell, Robert F 6-6 180 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Progress/Duquesne Univ.)

25 Hall, Ferrakohn F 6-8 220 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (White Station)

30 Gatling, Darnell G 5-9 150 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. (H.S./Law Enforcement & Public Safety)

31 Garcia, John F/C 6-9 270 5Sr. Brentwood, N.Y. (Brentwood)

32 Robinson, Jeff F 6-6 230 Jr. Trenton, N.J. (Univ. of Memphis)

35 Oliver, Melvyn C 6-10 340 Fr. Long Beach, Calif. (Mississippi Elite Christian Academy)

40 Cajuste, Matt F 6-7 240 So. Old Westbury, N.Y. (Jericho)

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