Breaking down Seton Hall’s match-up with Marquette, as the 21-12 Pirates (10-8) take on the 19-13 Golden Eagles (10-8).
Seton Hall : G Khadeen Carrington, G Myles Powell, G/F Desi Rodriguez, F Michael Nzei, F Angel Delgado
Marquette: G Markus Howard, G Andrew Rowsey, G/F Sacar Anim, G/F Sam Hauser, C Harry Froling
Seton Hall: F Ish Sanogo
During Seton Hall’s last game against Marquette, the Pirates were killed by their lack of perimeter defense. Rowsey and Howard are very good, but also streaky shooters, so not letting them get hot has to be a key part of the Halls game plan Wednesday night.
While Carrington and Powell are more than serviceable on the defensive end, the A+ defense that Sanogo provides this game is going to be massive. By stopping Marquette’s perimeter shooting, you can pretty much stop their entire game plan. Sanogo needs to use his great wingspan and undeniable tenacity to force Marquette players to chuck up bad shots, or to force the ball inside.
This will force them to meet up with Angel Delgado and Desi Rodriguez, not a good sight for anyone on the defensive end. Sanogo has also been lighting it up from three. This newfound confidence in his shooting stroke has been a great asset for the Hall, because teams cannot leave him wide open outside the arc anymore. He has become a three-point threat which really helps spread the floor for Delgado to work his magic inside. For the Pirate’s to win at home, a great showing from Sanogo would be a step in the right direction.
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I think the Hall can ride this wave of home court advantage and come back from a terrible showing last time they played Marquette. The key remains perimeter defense like I mentioned earlier. Seton Hall needs to get out on the perimeter early and prevent the Marquette shooters from getting hot.
If Seton Hall can get a handle on the perimeter D, I would say the next best option would be to spread the floor and let Angel work his match-up. Delgado has big game potential any time he steps on the floor and especially when he knows that he can physically outweigh his opponent. Delgado’s combo of strength, grit and vision in the post is especially prevalent when the Hall is shooting well from the arc.
With Angel having space in the middle of the floor to use one of his many effective post moves, I think it’s very hard to stop him. The Hall could also use some more depth production this game, with Mamukelashvili and Myles Cale seeming to be the prominent go-to guys off the bench. Seton Hall will need big minutes from them down the stretch if one of their starters gets into foul trouble, which has been a theme in past games.