• Marquette to Host Seton Hall

    By Steve Luebke
    Special to BrewCityBall.com

    Seton Hall Pirates
    12-4/3-1, 2-2 in road games, 47th in Sagarin rating

    Head Coach: Kevin Willard 9th season (162-118)

    Efficiency Numbers (Kenpom)

    Seton Hall
    Offensive Efficiency 109.5 (51st)
    Defensive Efficiency 96.5 (62nd)

    Offensive Efficiency 112.2 (30th)
    Defensive Efficiency 95.6 (49th)
    (Both numbers are mostly unchanged since start of conference play)

    Marquette leads the all-time series 18-7 and won both meetings last year. 84-64 at home when Seton Hall was rated #13 and 88-85 on the road later in the season.

    Seton Hall has conference wins, St. Johns 76-74, @ Xavier 80-70, and Butler 76-75, while losing at Depaul 75-74. The Pirates have lost at home to common opponent Louisville, 70-65.

    More Numbers
    Marquette offense: 80.2 points per game defense 75.7 ppg

    Seton Hall offense: 69 points per game defense 70.3 ppg

    *MU (.318) and SH (.328) are first and second, respectively in 3 point FG defense.
    *MU Assist/TO ratio 1.00 SH Assist/TO ratio 1.24
    *Theo John leads the Big East in Block Shots with 31.

    NO SECOND CHANCES…Marquette leads the Big East in Defensive Rebounding with 30.56 rebounds per game and has a conference leading Rebounding margin of +8.3. (SH is -.6)

    POY Candidates…The matchup is a showcase of 2 of the Big East best players, Seton Hall’s Myles Powell (#13) and Marquette’s Markus Howard. Howard is leading the league in scoring and free throw percentage. Powell is the only player averaging double digits for the Pirates.

    This matchup could go a long way in Big East POY award. Here are their stat lines:

    Marquette returns home to the friendly Fiserv Forum before hitting the road to Georgetown on Tuesday. This is an opportunity for MU to build on the momentum from the dramatic come behind win on the road at Creighton. Look for the team to come out focused and ready to build on its current 2 game conference winning streak. Marquette 80 – Seton Hall 72

    Upcoming Games…
    Tuesday @ Georgetown, Sunday vs Providence, Wednesday (1/23) vs DePaul