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Pirates continue nonconference slate against Saint Peter’s

Seton Hall looks to make it five straight wins over the Peacocks.

NCAA Basketball: VCU at Seton Hall Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

St. Peter's Peacocks (4-4) vs No. 15 Seton Hall Pirates (8-1)

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Walsh Gymnasium, South Orange, N.J.

TV: FS1 (Brian Custer and Jim Spanarkel)


ALL-TIME: Pirates lead the series 63-24

Tuesday marks the 88th time these two in-state foes will square off, as the Pirates’ matchup with Saint Peter's kicks off a week of two New Jersey rivalries for The Hall. The Garden State Hardwood Classic against Rutgers comes on Saturday.

The game will be played inside Walsh Gymnasium on the campus of Seton Hall. The Pirates play one game per season inside the historic gym, which is the full-time home of the Pirates’ women’s basketball team.

The Pirates come into this one red hot, riding a four game winning streak that has them touting an 8-1 record and a No. 15 ranking in the country.

Just two weeks ago, this team was unranked after a tough loss to URI in Brooklyn, but now they are playing their best basketball of the season as they enter an easy final four games of non-conference play.

Players to watch

Desi Rodriguez: The Pirates’ best player so far this season poured in 17 points on 7-10 shooting in Seton Hall’s 90-67 win over VCU on Saturday. He has been able to score at will so far this season, and we should expect nothing less tonight against a weak Saint Peter’s team.

Angel Delgado: The big man notched his sixth double-double of the season, and the 56th of his career, on Saturday with a 14 point, 13 rebound performance. That’s now back-to-back games in which Delgado has grabbed 13 boards. Delgado is just nine rebounds away from moving into third place on SHU’s all-time rebounding list. Against a Saint Peter’s team that owns a -4 rebounding margin and only one player taller than 6’7”, Delgado should be able to reach that mark easily.

Myles Powell: Powell has scored in double digits in all nine games this season. He has also shown significant strides from last year, when he was known primarily as a three-point marksman off the bench. He has shown his ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket, something that we will see tonight given Saint Peter’s lack of presence inside.

Nick Griffin: A graduate transfer from George Washington, Griffin is the leading scorer for Saint Peter’s, averaging 18.1 PPG. He is a high volume scorer, displayed by his 37-point performance back on November 26 against Lafayette. Yes, a weak opponent, but 37 points is 37 points. That’s not easy to do in a 40-minute basketball game. This dude can score, but the problem is he doesn’t have much help around him.

Look for the usual Pirates (Rodriguez, Powell, Delgado, Carrington) to make their mark on this one, and for Seton Hall to get an easy win inside what should be a packed Walsh Gym.