The Seton Hall Pirates have already upset two Big East foes this season. Can they upset a third in the Marquette Golden Eagles?
TV Schedule: Saturday, January 6, 12:00 PM ET, CBSSN
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Shaheen Holloway made a name for himself at Saint Peter's by authoring some of the all-time greatest upsets in NCAA Tournament history. This season, his Seton Hall Pirates have been following his lead in Big East play.
Seton Hall has played three conference games entering the Saturday afternoon contest against the Marquette Golden Eagles. They've won twice, with both victories coming against ranked foes in Providence and UConn (one of only two losses this year for the latter).
Shaka Smart's team is also 2-1 in Big East play. It smacked down Georgetown and defeated Creighton in a close one, but was dominated by the same Friars team the Pirates just knocked off ... sort of.
See, Providence's fortunes took a terrible turn on Wednesday night during the Seton Hall loss when Bryce Hopkins went down with a gruesome knee injury. It took less than a day for the program to rule Hopkins out for the rest of the season, a devastating blow for the Friars.
Seton Hall ultimately prevailed by just four points against Providence after Hopkins suffered the second half injury. It's fair to wonder whether the Pirates would've been able to hang on had Providence's best player been on the court (and had the Friars' emotions not been frazzled by the freak injury).
Marquette has won four straight games against Seton Hall, sweeping last year's pair of games. One of those games was a 21-point shellacking by the Golden Eagles at the same Prudential Center this contest is being played at, where Marquette was led by 22 points from Kam Jones and 18 points from Oso Ighadaro.
Jones and Ighadaro are still there. So is Tyler Kolek, the do-it-all guard who is leading the team in nearly every statistical category, hitting 41.3 percent from three. Seton Hall doesn't have anybody that can go toe-to-toe with Kolek.
Seton Hall's lack of wing depth is a concern, as is the ability for opponents to key in on Kadary Richmond on defense. Marquette should show why it's an Elite Eight contender in the de facto road contest.
Prediction: Marquette 75, Seton Hall 66