Seton Hall Pirates fans are riding high these days. Over the weekend, they raised banners both in Walsh Gym and the Prudential Center celebrating the Pirates’ Big East Tournament championship, and then the team proceeded to beat down Fairleigh-Dickinson and Central Connecticut, respectively, en route to the program’s sixth straight 2-0 start.
The Pirates hit the road for the first time this season to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes, also 2-0, as part of the Gavitt Games.
Here’s everything you need to know.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: Big Ten Network (Brian Anderson, Jon Crispin)
Radio: Pirate Sports Network
Stream: BTN2GO (Where available)
The Hawkeyes are favored by 2.5 points, per OddsShark.
Iowa won the only other meeting between these two schools, defeating Seton Hall 85-63 on December 29, 1982.
Seton Hall has been led so far this season by three juniors: Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington, and Desi Rodriguez. It’s hardly a surprise, since Delgado and Carrington were named to the Preseason All-Big East Second Team. Big things have been expected of these players, along with now-Brooklyn Net Isaiah Whitehead, since they took the court together as freshmen. Through their first two seasons, they’ve delivered, and they now look to go above and beyond and continue raising those expectations. Through two games, Delgado is averaging a staggering 18 points and 15 rebounds per game, Carrington is averaging 22.5 points per game, and Rodriguez is averaging 12.5 points and seven rebounds per game. Again, it’s a small sample size against poor competition, but count me as being incredibly excited to see what these three do against an Iowa team that lost four starters from last season.
Speaking of which, yes, Iowa lost four starters from last season. One of them was All-American Jarrod Uthoff (18.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game). Aside from Uthoff, Iowa lost Mike Gesell, Anthony Clemmons, and seven-footer Adam Woodbury. Who does that leave for the Hawkeyes? Their lone returning starter, Peter Jok, for starters. Jok averaged 16.1 points per game last season and shot 47% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc. If Jok can find his shot early on, Seton Hall might be in for some trouble. However, Iowa’s scoring options after Jok are very much unknown at this point. In their thrashing of Savannah State, for instance, sophomore Brady Ellington had 23 points. He had zero in Iowa’s season opener against Kennesaw State.
For more on the Hawkeyes, check out our Q&A with Max from Black Heart Gold Pants