Whitehead’s scoring is key
The freshman star’s scoring output has been better of late as he has scored 33 points over the last two games. In the win over GW, Whitehead got his 15 on just 5-15 shooting from the field so that definitely needs to improve. Against The Mount, Whitehead will not be relied on for his scoring, but there will be many times this season where the pressure will fall on him to step up when players like Sterling Gibbs and Brandon Mobley are struggling.
Whitehead could have a coming out party against this inferior opponent and put together a performance that puts him on the map. If he can play well and put together a solid performance, it could be the spring board he needs to consistently score going forward.
"Double-Double" Delgado has been Rodman-esque
Head coach Kevin Willard loves to compare freshman Angel Delgado to Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman. Delgado has a long way to go to reach that level of play, but so far this season he has impressed. He is averaging 7.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game to this point in the season, which not many people saw coming this early from him.
The Mount do not have any frontcourt players who can matchup with Delgado and that could lead to him having his way on both sides of the floor all night. With him on the court, it is a total mismatch down low in this game.
The first of two possible "trap games"
On December 9th, the Pirates probably play their most difficult game of the entire season as they travel to Wichita, Kansas to face the Shockers. Between now and then there are two games that the Pirates should win easily, but when these "trap games" come up on the schedule sometimes big upsets can happen.
It will come down to whether or not the Hall can take care of business against The Mount and Rutgers. If they can, the blue and white will head to Wichita for their first true road game with all of the confidence in the world.