Odds: Seton Hall is currently a 7 point favorite, according to Oddsshark.com
Records ATS: Marquette 8-13 || Seton Hall 14-6
Three things to watch
1. Young Emerging Stars
Both Seton Hall and Marquette have launched themselves into the NCAA Tournament conversation of late, behind the play of their young stars. Isaiah Whitehead has really taken off as the leader of the Seton Hall offense, scoring at least 15 points in each of his last 5 games, including tying a season high of 22 points in Saturday's win at Creighton. The highly touted sophomore has had plenty of ups and downs in his time with the Pirates, but he is finally starting to put it all together, in hopes of leading Seton Hall back to the Big Dance.
On the Marquette side, standout freshman Henry Ellenson is coming off a career high of his own, with a 32 point performance against Butler. One of the biggest areas of improvement for Ellenson's play of late is his ability to get to the free throw line. In his last three games, Ellenson has had 11, 6, and 16 free throw attempts. Getting these easy looks has been a major key in the improved efficiency of the Marquette offense.
2. Consistent Play
While both teams have been playing well of late, finding consistent production has been an issue for them all year. This isn't necessarily a surprise given how many underclassmen these teams rely on for big minutes, but these two team will need to eliminate the long lapses in play if they want to advance to March. Both teams are prone to turnovers and streaky scoring, which can cause opponents to build quick, comfortable leads. As these two young teams continue to mature, they will need to cut down on the mistakes that can take them out of games quickly.
3. Rebounding Advantage
Seton Hall out-rebounded Marquette 49-33 in their previous matchup, including 16 offensive boards, as they defeated Marquette by 20 points in Milwaukee. Angel Delgado gave the Golden Eagles the most trouble that night, as he pull down 11 rebounds. The Seton Hall sophomore has been absolutely on fire as of late, snaring 12 and 17 rebounds in the Pirates' last two contests. Between Ellenson and Luke Fischer, Marquette has two solid big men of their own. But these two will need to keep Delgado off the glass if Marquette wants knock off Seton Hall on Wednesday.