The Seton Hall Pirates took care of business against the Troy Trojans this past Thursday to move to 7-2 on the season. Led by the play of "Dunkin'" Desi Rodriguez and Michael Nzei, The Hall notched a 78-69 victory over the Trojans to build up a two-game win streak after a victory over Rutgers last Saturday. Now, they turn their attention to Jersey City's own Saint Peter's who head to Newark for a Sunday afternoon showdown at The Rock.
Saint Peter's is 3-4 to this point in the season, and like Seton Hall, has won two consecutive games. Those victories came against the Rider Broncs and Siena Saints, with the latter coming one week ago. The Peacocks haven't fared well against Jersey schools this year, going 1-2 with losses to the Princeton Tigers and Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. If trends are to be continued, Saint Peter's fate does not look to be promising when they meet The Hall.
How to watch, listen or stream
Game Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Radio: 570 AM WMCA The Mission, WSOU 89.5 FM (Seton Hall)
Online Streaming: Streaming is available for this game via the FOX Sports GO app where available.
Odds: The Hall opened as a 13.5-point favorite over the Peacocks. The line dropped down to 12.5 at the Wynn and 12 points almost everywhere else.
Records ATS: Saint Peter's (4-0) || Seton Hall (4-4)
O/U: The O/U opened at 137.
Saint Peter's and Seton Hall have met many times over the years. In fact, Saint Peter's and Seton Hall will tangle for the 87th time Sunday afternoon. The Pirates lead the all-time series 62-24 and are 6-1 in matchups at the Prudential Center, with the lone loss coming back on December 14, 2013. In their last 14 meetings, Seton Hall's lone loss in 2013 is the only loss that they have taken to the Peacocks. Suffice it to say, The Hall has dominated their foes from Jersey City.
3 things to watch
1. Delgado's domination on the boards: Sophomore Angel Delgado hasn't slumped a bit on the boards this season. Delgado has grabbed 10 rebounds or more in six of Seton Hall's nine games this year, coming off an 11-rebound performance against the Troy Trojans and a 13-rebound performance against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. In his last five games, Delgado has averaged 11.2 boards. With no one taller than 6-foot-8 on the Peacocks' side, expect Delgado's rebounding to continue to excel on Sunday afternoon.
2. Snuffed out: Saint Peter's has a limited offense to this point in the season, ranking 266th in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency, 185th in 3-point field goal percentage and 188th in 2-point field goal percentage. Unfortunately for the Peacocks, Seton Hall has been very stout defensively. They come into Sunday's matchup ranked in the Top 120 in most statistical categories, perhaps importantly 73rd in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency. Saint Peter's may find it hard to score points on Sunday afternoon unless they find ways to get creative or hope for an off shooting night from The Hall.
3. Snapping out of a funk?: Desi Rodriguez has been one of Seton Hall's most productive players this season. That said, he's not without his struggles. In back-to-back games against George Washington and Rutgers, the Brooklyn native scored a mere 17 points and shot a combined 7-for-16 from the field. To put that in perspective, he scored 18 points and shot 7-for-12 against Bradley back on November 30. He upped his game against Troy in what was probably his best outing yet. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound sophomore scored 18 points, shot 7-for-12 and grabbed 11 rebounds to boot. Sunday will provide another opportunity for Desi to move past the two-game funk he was in and continue his productive play.