#20 Seton Hall Pirates (4-1) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (2-3)
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
When: Approx. 9:45 p.m.
Line: Hall by 6.5
Series: This is just the second meeting all-time between these two schools. The Commodores have the only win of the series, coming all the way back in 1967.
Last night was a crushing defeat for the Pirates, as they fought back from 11 points down in the second half to take the lead with 21 seconds left. All looked well until Jared Terrell’s floater with 5.2 seconds left gave the Rhode Island Rams the 75-74 victory.
Now, the Pirates have to shake off the loss quickly and come back tonight against a Vanderbilt team that look horrendous yesterday against the Virginia Cavaliers. And that’s putting it lightly.
Vandy could only muster 42 points against the strong Virginia defense, and were held to just 23 percent from the field. The Pirates defense may not be as elite as the Cavaliers’, but it can still be disruptive enough to cause problems for the Commodores.
Meanwhile, Myles Powell was on fire in the first half last night, totaling 18 points and four 3-pointers. However, the Rams made defensive adjustments against Powell and held him to just three points in the game’s final 20 minutes.
Tonight, the most important aspect for the Pirates is going to be their mentality. What’s going on between the ears for the blue and white after last night, and having to come back to Brooklyn and play a game late at night?
The Pirates had that problem last year at the Advocare Invitational in Orlando after they lost to Florida in a close game. The came out the next night against Quinnipiac and had a slow start, but eventually won. They then came out on Sunday against Stanford and laid an egg.
The Pirates will need to figure out a way to stop Matthew Fisher-Davis, Vandy’s leading scorer. If they are able to do that, the Commodores don’t have many other weapons to turn to.
On paper, the Pirates should win this one handily. Along with not having many offensive weapons, the Commodores have struggled defensively so far this year. They have allowed 72 points per game through their first five contests, while they have scored just under 69 points per game themselves.
This is a veteran team, and they have faced adversity before. Expect them to come out strong tonight and play angry, and they should be able to improve to 5-1 ahead of a tough contest next Thursday against Texas Tech at MSG.