Will the real Isaiah Whitehead please stand up?
Anyone who watched the Pirates season opener against Mercer and was expecting a show from McDonald's All-American must've been extremely disappointed. In 23 minutes, Whitehead went 1-10 from the field (0-5 from 3-point range). Certainly, fans have to be viewing this game (and tournament) as a time for the 5-star prospect to finally break out and shine for the Pirates. Odds are he'll get the start again at the point, as no one else on the Pirates seemed to steal the spotlight at the point guard position against Mercer. One thing he has to work on is setting up plays and setting up his teammates to put them into good scoring positions.
In the season opener, Seton Hall shot 40.0 percent (8-20) from downtown against Mercer. In their two games this season, the Wolf Pack have shot 35.0 percent from 3-point range. Both teams will no doubt have success from beyond the arc, but the question is against two very good 3-point defenses, which will have the most success? Both teams hold their opponents below 25 percent from three, and both have stretch players that can be deceptive from the outside. It'll be the most interesting matchup of the day from a general perspective.
Battle on the Boards
Although they easily beat Mercer in the opener, Seton Hall got out-rebounded by seven. They gave up way too many second chance points against the Bears, and it led to them going on several small runs that had the potential to be bigger. On the other side, Nevada is outrebounding their opponents by an average of seven. It's a neutral site game so home court advantage won't be a factor like it was for both these teams so far in the season, but rebounding could be where teams build momentum late in the game.