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Game Preview: Seton Hall vs. St. Peter's

After laying the wood to NJIT, Seton Hall gets set to take on St. Peter’s Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center.

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When: December 14

When: 12 EST

Where: Newark, NJ

How to Watch: Fox Sports or YES Network

Seton Hall’s Outlook

Gene Teague, the Pirates’ red-hot big man who is currently riding a three-game streak of consecutive double-doubles, will look to continue dominating down low. Seton Hall has been in need of scoring with Fuquan Edwin sidelined with an ankle injury, and Teague has stepped up and shouldered a good portion of the scoring and rebounding that the team lost when its best player went down. And with no player on St. Peter’s standing at over 6’7", Teague is due for another monstrous night.

Sterling Gibbs is coming off of a semi-quiet performance against NJIT, but lit up Rutgers for 27 points two games ago. A transfer from Texas, Gibbs has emerged as Seton Hall’s top scorer, playmaker and ball-handler in his redshirt sophomore season.

Sharpshooter Brian Oliver will also be looking to get back on track after shooting 1-7 from the field against the Highlanders on Tuesday. The senior wingman is Seton Hall’s premier three-pointer shooter, and has the ability to really spread out the defenses with the longball.

Scouting the Peacocks

St. Peter’s is currently averaging just over 65 points per game this season, compared to SHU’s 76.4. The Peacocks are led by juniors Marvin Dominque (18.1 PPG, 9.6 RPG) and Desi Washington (11 PPG), the team’s only two scorers averaging in double-digits.

Although they are coming in riding a three-game losing streak, St. Peter’s can’t be taken lightly. The Peacocks’ last loss came at the hands of Niagra, a team that Seton Hall managed to beat by just nine points.

The biggest problem that St. Peter's has is distributing the ball. They currently rank 310th in assists per game (10.6), but will look to reverse the trend at the Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon.

Prediction

Seton Hall is the better team, and the better team usually wins. But, as has been the case earlier this season, the Pirates occasionally play down to their competition. Gibbs and Teague will continue to carry the team offensively, and that should be enough to get past St. Peter’s. If Oliver or Jaren Sina can catch fire from the perimeter, the Pirates will take this one in a blowout.

Seton Hall 77, St. Peter’s 60