The DePaul Blue Demons remain in search of their first Big East victory as they welcome the Seton Hall Pirates, a team who has lost just once since Thanksgiving, to Wintrust Arena Sunday afternoon along Chicago’s lakefront.
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DePaul has led in the second half of each of their past three games. They’re 0-3 in those three games. While it can be argued that the Blue Demons have made improvements in certain areas this season, the same problems of closing games has presented itself over and over again this year, and it’s something DePaul simply cannot afford to do against a Seton Hall team that has won 10 of it’s 11 games. The Pirates have had DePaul’s number the past few seasons, picking up six straight victories over the Blue Demons.
Seton Hall has been led by Myles Powell’s 22.6 points per game, good enough for second in the Big East, but Sandro Mamukelashvili’s 10.1 per game and Michael Nzei’s 9.9 have certainly helped soften the blow of losing Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington, Ish Sanogo, and Desi Rodriguez to graduation. Seton Hall may not do anything particularly great, but they do nearly everything very well, and it’s led them to tremendous amounts of success this year.
DePaul, on the other hand, has been led by Max Strus’ 18.6 points per game along with Eli Cain’s 14.3 and Femi Olujobi’s 10.3. The Blue Demons have looked very good in certain spots this season, but it’s important to note their best win of the year was at home against Penn State in a game that DePaul led by ten with three minutes to play before going to overtime. The biggest problem has been playing a full 40 minutes on both sides of the ball and continuing to have smart possessions and take smart shots. If DePaul can do that, they have a chance against Seton Hall. If not, the Pirates will likely win by a large margin.