Marquette Golden Eagles (13-10, 4-7) vs. Seton Hall Pirates (17-6, 6-4)
WHERE: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
TV: FS1 (Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery)
LINE: SHU -6
ALL-TIME: Marquette leads 17-7
With both teams coming off a loss over the weekend, the Seton Hall Pirates and Marquette Golden Eagles are each looking to get back on track.
For Marquette, they are in the midst of a tough stretch. Their loss on Saturday to Providence was their fourth straight, and their fifth in their last six games. Their lack of presence on the defensive side of the court has become ever-present recently, allowing 85+ points in all but one of their last seven losses.
Then there’s Seton Hall, who was hanging in with No. 1 Villanova on Sunday before falling apart down the stretch en route to a 92-76 loss. The turning point was Khadeen Carrington picking up his fourth foul with 13 minutes remaining.
For Marquette, they live and die by the three-point shot. They knocked down 11 of them in an 84-64 win over Seton Hall in Milwaukee back on January 9. In that game, the Pirates were able to contain Markus Howard (12 pts), however they couldn’t solve Andrew Rowsey as he dropped 31 points, including four threes.
The Pirates must shut these two down defensively, which is easier said than done. However, just last week, Seton Hall held both Kyron Cartwright and Jalen Lindsey scoreless in a dismantling of Providence at Prudential Center.
The Pirates thrive on their home floor, boasting a 12-1 record in Newark. They are able to feed off the home crowd, so don’t expect a repeat performance of the last matchup between these two teams.
Marquette will hit their fair share of threes, so Myles Powell will need to counteract this for Seton Hall. Look for the Pirates to give him plenty of touches throughout this one. Khadeen Carrington will also need to run the point efficiently, which he did to a tee last Wednesday against Providence (23 pts, 7 ast, 1 to).
Marquette’s offense needs to carry them in this one, as it does in every game they play. However, the Pirates are a strong enough defensive team to get the Golden Eagles out of whack on offense. The Pirates should be able to improve to 7-4 after this one before they head on the road for back-to-back games.