How to watch, listen, or stream
Game time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO (Where available)
Spread: All of the major bookies have Seton Hall as a 16-point favorite, per OddsShark.
Records ATS: South Florida is a 5-6 against the spread, while Seton Hall is 6-4.
Three things to watch
1. Pirates look to avoid a letdown: Seton Hall's win over Wichita State was one of their most impressive wins over a nonconference opponent in quite some time. The last time The Hall defeated a ranked nonconference opponent was back in November of 2008 when Seton Hall beat then-No.19 USC 63-61.
This is as close as it gets to that victory as the Shockers were ranked ninth in the country earlier this season. Now the Pirates look to avoid a letdown at home against a struggling USF team that is 3-9 this season and 0-3 on the road. As long as Seton Hall continues to avoid turnovers and pound the paint they will be in good shape to win this game comfortably.
2. Bulls looking for revenge: USF hosted Seton Hall last season and were blown out 89-69 on their home floor. The Bulls were led by 16 points from Chris Perry in last year's game and he will have to play well on the road for South Florida in the rematch to pull off the upset. USF does not have any quality wins this season and, many believe, no shot to win this game, but if they shoot well from deep they could make it interesting.
Leading scorer Jahmal Murray and Angel Nunez will look to make three pointers and put the pressure on the Pirates. Perry, Nunez and Jaleel Cousins all average over five rebounds per game so expect the Bulls to battle on the boards with the Pirates. They will need to keep the rebounding margin close in order to win.
3. Desi's big impact: Desi Rodriguez has become an important scoring option for the Pirates and a major threat from behind the arc. However, many have probably heard of "Dunkin Desi" because of his impressive throwdowns against Georgia, Troy and Wichita State. Rodriguez is athletic, but even more impressive is the fact that he continues to improve as an overall player. The sophomore's hard work is paying off as Rodriguez was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll this week, marking the second time he has achieved that this season. Expect him to make an impact in this matchup as well.
Stocking stuffer stats
- Seton Hall 34-4 all-time in nonconference home games under Coach Kevin Willard.
- After defeating Wichita State 80-76 on Saturday, the Pirates have now won 14 straight games when scoring at least 80 points dating back to December 2013.
- Angel Delgado had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Shockers. That was his fourth consecutive double-double. Delgado is the first Pirate to accomplish the feat since Herb Pope did it during the 2011-12 season.
Enjoy the games and Happy Holidays everyone!