Preview: Pirates Trek to Chicago to Face the Blue Demons in Conference MatchupDate: January 13, 2023
By: Nate Taylor
The Seton Hall Pirates (10-8, 3-4 CONF) seem to be getting back on track with back-to-back wins after a shaky first half of the season. Seton Hall took down Georgetown on Tuesday, their second BIG EAST win in-a-row as they defeated Butler the weekend prior, marking their first win streak since they beat Rutgers.
After a near triple double performance by Kadary Richmond against Butler, he followed it up with a 1-10 performance in 34 minutes vs G-Town. The Pirates shot almost as well from three (37.5%) as they did from the field in total (38.1%), not usually a recipe for victory.
NAILS IT— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) January 11, 2023
Jamir Harris gives @SetonHallMBB their biggest lead of the night! pic.twitter.com/IhbQi0umjk
Despite the poor shooting as a team, Al-Amir Dawes carried the Pirates to a 66-51 win over the Hoyas as he poured in 24 points on 5/9 from three-point range, tying his season-high for three’s made in a game.
Entering Saturday’s BIG EAST matchup, the Seton Hall sits at a record of 10-8 overall and 3-4 in conference play. The DePaul Blue Demons are 8-9 overall with a conference record of 2-4.
Wheels up to Chi town ✈️ #HALLin ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/yGUAHvtgOO— Seton Hall Men's Basketball (@SetonHallMBB) January 13, 2023
The Blue Demons are coming off a 75-65 victory against a struggling Villanova team. They shot 39% from three and were 80% from the free throw line, they rank eighth in the country for free throw percentage. Seton Hall ranks just 276th in free throw percentage, and fans have seen them lose games because of it.
Free throw shooting and perimeter defense will have to be an emphasis for the Pirates as DePaul has three lethal shooters: Javan Johnson, Umoja Gibson, and Philmon Gebrewhit all shoot at least 37% from deep and make one per game.
Johnson and Gebrewhit both shoot above 40%. Gibson and Johnson both make over two a game, so damage control from deep will be massive for Seton Hall.
Coverage on WSOU 89.5 FM starts at 11:30 a.m. before tipoff at noon, where Ryan Henry and Will Swankie will have the call.
Nate Taylor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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