Seton Hall (19-10) at DePaul (11-18)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 3, 6:00 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Allstate Arena (18,500) -- Rosemont, Illinois. Television: MSG. Home Record: Seton Hall 13-3, DePaul 6-9. Away Record: Seton Hall 4-6, DePaul 3-8. Neutral Record: Seton Hall 2-1, DePaul 2-1. Conference Record: Seton Hall 8-9, DePaul 2-15. Series Record: Seton Hall leads, 8-2.
GAME NOTES: Big East foes wrap up the regular season today in Rosemont, when the DePaul Blue Demons host the Pirates of Seton Hall at Allstate Arena.
Seton Hall will look to snag its 20th win for the 13th time in its history today, but the Pirates have not accomplished the feat since the squad went 21-10 in the 2003-04 campaign. The Pirates have dropped decisions in two of their last three games, including a tough 77-72 overtime setback against Rutgers last Saturday.
As for DePaul, its been a really tough stretch for the Blue Demons lately, as the squad enters this matchup in the midst of a season-high nine-game losing streak. The stretch has been littered with nationally ranked opponents, including Louisville (twice), Georgetown, Marquette, and Notre Dame. Still, DePaul hasn't notched a victory since a 69-64 final at Rutgers back on Jan. 25, and the club owns an underwhelming 11-18 overall record, a mark punctuated with a 92-75 loss at West Virginia on Tuesday night.
Seton Hall leads 8-2 in terms of the all-time series between the two programs.
Seton Hall had a pair of players tie single-season records and have five turn in double figures, but still found itself on the losing end of a five-point overtime verdict against Rutgers. Jordan Theodore scored 17 points and passed out nine assists during the meeting, tying Golden Sunkett's 1962-63 mark of 197 dishes. Fuquan Edwin added 13 points and registered seven steals, which gave him 90 on the year and tied the sophomore with Paul Gause for the single- season record set in 2006-07. Herb Pope finished with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort, while Aaron Cosby and Patrik Auda chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively. Seton Hall went into the break with a 32-28 advantage, but the Scarlet Knights shot at a 50.0 percent clip during the second frame to not only erase the deficit, but hold the lead for the majority of the stanza. The Pirates battled back though, and a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining from Theodore sent the contest into overtime. In the extra session, Rutgers did not miss a field goal, including two attempts from long range, and escaped with the victory. The Pirates shot 45.3 percent from the field overall during the meeting. Seton Hall averages a respectable 69.0 points per game this season, but the club is shooting at an underwhelming 43.7 percent clip. However, the Pirates have also limited the opposition to a meager 41.4 percent mark from the floor, and have allowed those adversaries to net just 63.4 ppg. Currently, Seton Hall boasts three players with a double-digit scoring average, and Theodore leads the way with a 16.2 ppg mark to go with a team-high 6.8 apg. Pope follows, with 15.3 points to go with 10.5 rebounds per contest, while Edwin rounds out the trio with a solid 12.8 ppg contribution.
DePaul allowed West Virginia to score the first 11 points of the game and never recovered, as the Blue Demons fell by 17 points to the Mountaineers. Overall, WVU opened the contest on a 14-3 run, and went into the break with a 47-31 lead. DePaul sunk a respectable 47.2 percent of its attempts from the floor during the final 20 minutes, but were unable to climb out from the halftime deficit. The duo of Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young scored 21 points apiece to pace the Blue Demons, with the former also responsible for a team-high eight rebounds, while Moses Crockett checked in from off the bench to log 15 points. DePaul has had no problem putting points on the board this season, as the Blue Demons average a healthy 74.0 ppg. The problem is, opponents have been allowed to net 77.2 ppg on a scorching 48.1 percent shooting clip. The Blue Demons are shooting just 44.0 percent from the field themselves, and have struggled both from beyond the arc (33.2 percent) and at the charity stripe (68.8 percent). The club owns only two players with a double figure scoring mark, with Melvin leading the way with his 17.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. Young rounds out the duo, chipping in 15.0 ppg to go with a team-high 142 assists.
The Blue Demons have their backs up against the wall here, but shouldn't expect to see their losing streak come to an end against the Pirates. DePaul simply doesn't equal up with Seton Hall at either end of the court, and the Pirates should earn their 20th win rather handily.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Seton Hall 79, DePaul 64
03/03 10:43:58 ET