Wagner Seahawks (7-2) at No. 23 Seton Hall Pirates (9-2)
WHERE: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
WHEN: 7 p.m.
TV: FS1 (Brian Custer, Vin Parise)
Line: HALL -21
All-Time: Pirates lead 22-6 (SHU is 16-1 at home)
It has been an interesting last couple days, even moreso in the last 24 hours, for this Seton Hall Pirates team.
It started on Saturday with a shocking loss to in-state rivals Rutgers, a loss that caused them to drop eight spots in the AP Poll.
Then came Tuesday, when it was reported that freshman guard Jordan Walker, who has missed the last nine games with a torn ligament in his thumb, would be leaving the program.
This report would only last until Wednesday morning, when NJ.com reported that Walker would in fact remain with the team and be in uniform tonight.
The team should come out with a vengeance tonight after a loss that simply should not have happened. What the Pirates need to do is get back to their fast-paced style of play. Rutgers slowed them down to a crawl, and it hurt them.
Wagner touts a solid offense, one that puts up 76.9 PPG, however Seton Hall counters with an offense that can score over 80.
Once again, this should be another game against a mid-major foe that Angel Delgado should be able to have a field day against. The big man had a double-double last Tuesday against Saint Peters, and snatched 21 boards on Saturday against Rutgers. Wagner only had one player taller than 6’8”.
The Pirates will need to slow down Wagner’s guard tandem of Blake Francis and JoJo Cooper. Francis leads the team scoring 20.2 PPG, while Francis is the main distributor, dishing out 6.1 APG. These two play the majority of the minutes in the backcourt, each averaging over 34 MPG.
For Seton Hall, this game needs to be all about getting back on track. Multiple players struggled on Saturday in the loss, so look for cleaner play all around for Seton Hall.