As Big East play begins to wind down, the Seton Hall Pirates will welcome the Creighton Bluejays to the Prudential Center Wednesday night. This game will have crucial significance as Creighton, coming off a drubbing of DePaul, is trying to strengthen their NCAA tournament resume and gain a high seed. Seton Hall on the other hand, coming off a disappointing loss to St. John’s is living on the bubble right now and is looking to get onto the right side of the fence.
How to watch or listen
Location/Time: Prudential Center | Tip off is set for 8 p.m. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 970 AM, WSOU 89.5
Spread: Creighton comes into this game as a 1.5 point favorite, per OddsShark.
Records ATS: Creighton 16-6-1 | Seton Hall 10-13
Seton Hall leads this relatively young series, 9-5.
Three Things to Watch
According to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, Seton Hall is currently projected to play in a 12-seed play-in game in the First Four. With a three-game homestand coming up against three of the conference’s best, it is put up or shut up time for the Pirates. Most experts say if Seton Hall wins two out of their next three against Creighton, Villanova and Xavier, the Pirates can be in good shape come Selection Sunday.
Guard play needs to come together in a consistent manner for the Pirates. Over the last few games, Myles Powell, Desi Rodriguez and Khadeen Carrington have all had solid performances. The problem is that they have not been able to all perform well on the same night. Angel Delgado needs to continue to be Angel Delgado and the Pirates must continue to improve on their free throw shooting if they want to make the best of this next stretch run.
Offense vs Defense
Seton Hall’s chances to win this game can largely be determined by the status of Ismael Sanogo. Sanogo sprained his ankle a few games back and has been absent for the past two games and will be a game-time decision in this contest.
Despite the fact that Maurice Watson, Jr. is out for the season with a torn ACL, Creighton’s offense is still high powered. Leading the Bluejays is Marcus Foster, currently averaging 17.8 points per game. Justin Patton will be very dangerous to the Pirates defense, as he shoots 70 percentage from the field and is currently third in the nation in field goal percentage. While Michael Nzei has filled in for Sanogo through his offensive production, the Pirates will need Ish back on defense.
One major factor in this matchup will be the battle on the boards. This is the one major advantage Seton Hall has over Creighton on both sides of the ball. Grabbing defensive rebounds especially, and slowing the game down, will be crucial for the Pirates to control the tempo of the game. The last thing Seton Hall wants is to try and match Creighton’s run-and-gun style.