1. Seton Hall could not handle Baylor’s ball movement
There was a clear difference on the court right away once these two teams got a few offensive possessions in. This is a Baylor team that is very efficient with their offense, they run plays with great execution and players are making the right passes almost every time. Scott Drew showed yet again that he is one of the best coaches in the entire nation as his team took care of business against the Big East Pirates.
They had 17 total team assists, with Dennis leading that category for this team with seven. The Pirates have some strong defenders with Richmond and Davis, but great ball movement requires a team to play perfectly with their defensive rotations, which Seton Hall struggles with.
Against Northeastern they had their moments struggling against the way they ran the pick and roll, but then Seton Hall went right to Baylor who run a much more complex offense. While the loss hurts, this is a great opportunity for Seton Hall to see what great offense looks like and can prepare them for some great Big East teams.
Marquette, UConn, Villanova, and Creighton, all spread out their offense very well and have elite ball movement. Having seen Baylor, they have now seen what to expect out of those offenses. Marquette especially will be one matchup where you look back at this Baylor game and see what lessons they learn. The Golden Eagles run a similar offense run through Tyler Kolek, so we will see if Seton Hall is prepared.
While Shaheen Holloway and crew would have loved to win this game, this loss is a lesson for this team, they just have to apply those lessons against Rutgers in just a few days.