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Game preview: No.13 Seton Hall wishes to stay atop the Big East ahead of Saturday's game against Marquette

Date: February 28, 2020

By: Michael Daly

No.13 Seton Hall men’s basketball (20-7 overall record, 12-3 Big East record) will be on the road to face the Marquette Golden Eagles (18-9 overall record, 8-7 Big East record) in Milwaukee at 2:30 p.m.

The Hall last played on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Prudential Center against St. John’s. The Pirates came out on top, 81-65. The opening six minutes of the game were dominated by Seton Hall as they led St. John’s, 13-4. Sandro Mamukelashvili was efficient through the first 11 minutes of play with eight points. St. John’s worked out a few kinks at the end of the first half but they still trailed Seton Hall by double digits heading into the second half.

The Red Storm turned around their misfortunes at the start of the second half and pulled within seven points of Seton Hall at two different segments in the outset of the final half. Seton Hall pulled away and managed to avoid an upset loss to a St. John’s team that is ninth in the Big East.

Sunday marked the 12th time that Myles Powell scored at least 15 points in a conference game this season. For Seton Hall’s road games in conference play, Powell has averaged 27.0 points-per-game versus Big East opponents.

Heading into Saturday’s away clash with Marquette, Seton Hall is first in the Big East and they hold a one game advantage over No.10 Creighton and No.12 Villanova in the conference standings. The game at the Fiserv Forum will close out the season series between the Pirates and Golden Eagles. Seton Hall was victorious in the first meeting on Jan.11, 69-55.

In the game at the Prudential Center, Markus Howard totaled 27 points on 8-22 shooting from the field. Howard’s counterpart, Powell, scored 23 points and also went 8-22 from the field in Seton Hall’s winning effort.

The latter part of the season has not been kind to Marquette, especially since the Golden Eagles dropped three of their last four games. Marquette ended their three-game skid on Wednesday evening with a 93-72 home victory over Georgetown. Howard anchored all scoring with 30 points, nailing five of his 10 attempts from behind the arc.

Marquette is a difficult to team to defeat at home this season because of their impressive 13-2 home record. The only teams to beat the Golden Eagles at the Fiserv Forum this season are Providence and Creighton. Seton Hall hopes to be the third team this season to upend Marquette on their home floor.

Seton Hall is 6-4 in their last 10 matchups with Marquette dating back to the 2015-2016 campaign. Since March 2019, the Pirates are currently on a three-game winning streak against the Golden Eagles.

Coverage on 89.5 FM WSOU begins at 2:00 p.m. The broadcast crew for the game will be Dalton Allison and Bob Towey, while pregame coverage will be handled by Rich Behan and Jorie Mickens. 

Michael Daly is the Web Editor at WSOU Sports and can be reached at wsousportswebeditor@gmail.com.

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