3. Free throws and three-point shooting, not good
For Seton Hall, whether it is the Kevin Willard era or the Shaheen Holloway era, the kryptonite of this team has always been the free throw line, but this time was just different. They began this game 1-7 from the free throw line and finished their day with a 59.3 percent shooting night from the stripe. That is not going to win you many basketball games if you perform like that from the line.
This was an issue last year as well, and Shaheen Holloway would tell the media that his team shoots more free throws than anybody in the country, but that work did not come to fruition today. Dre Davis went 6-10, Jaden Bediako went 0-2, Isaiah Coleman went 1-4, having multiple players miss that number of free throws is something that has to be fixed.
The three-point shooting was even more concerning though, while Rutgers shot 50 percent from three, Seton Hall shot 15 percent from three. 3-20 was the final shooting clip, and this team just could not get anything going from the outside. While this team’s identity is not three-point shooting, the Pirates are more of a defensive team that scores well in transition after turnovers, something has to give here.
Now the finger is easy to point at when it comes to this category, one player missed 12 three-pointers in this game, and with a clip like that it is hard not to put blame on him for the loss.