March Preview: Seton Hall Pirates

It’s been an up and down season for the Seton Hall Pirates, but it seems like they have finally figured it out. After a victory at then No. 13 Butler last Saturday afternoon, the Pirates look to be a lock to make their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Just like last season, Seton Hall will have some momentum going into March, which can only bode well for their chances to make a run in the tournament.

Strength: Versatility

Seton Hall isn’t the deepest team in the field, but they have a bunch of guys who can get the job done in a variety of ways. Madison Jones can distribute and play solid defense for 40 minutes while also being able to hit an open shot when necessary.

Although inconsistent, Khadeen Carrington has the ability to take over a game, as was evident in his 41 point performance against Creighton in February. The junior guard can sink the three and get into the lane at will.

The same goes for Desi Rodriguez, who thrives off the dribble but has no problem hitting shots from beyond the arc. Myles Powell is a dead-eye shooter, but can also excel driving to the hoop.

Down low, Angel Delgado is a walking double-double, Ish Sanogo is one of the best defenders in the Big East and Michael Nzei can get it done on both ends of the floor.

If one thing is working in this team’s favor, it’s their ability to beat you in a bunch of different ways.

Weakness: Free Throw Shooting

March is known for it’s comebacks and most of those comebacks are fueled by the other team’s inability to knock down free throws at the end of a game.

Seton Hall is one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the country and it is a problem that has hampered them all season long. They have gotten better as the season has progressed, but it’s still a major problem for almost every rotation player.

The Pirates have lost games at the line this season and it could very well be the reason why Seton Hall will be a one and done in the tournament.



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