Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Hall prepares for #25 Marquette
In perhaps the biggest “must-win” game since Seton Hall tackled the University of Southern Florida about a month ago, the Pirates take on the Golden Eagles of Marquette University tonight at home. Marquette, which is currently ranked #25 in the world and sixth in the BIG EAST, last beat Seton Hall in their home nest 61-56 on January 8th.
But that was a different team, a different species, if you will. Seton Hall was still adjusting to life after PG Paul Gause and they had yet to rattle off five straight victories. The Hall played the Eagles tight that night and Marquette barely squeaked out a victory. Look for Marquette to try and control the game with their talented backcourt trio of Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and Wesley Matthews. And Dan “Willy” Fitzgerald will try and stun the Pirates once again with his lethal three-point shooting. Also, watch out for brother-from-another-mother, freshmen forward Patrick Hazel.
But as we all know, this game will eventually come down to the play of Nunu and B’Laing. As Ben and I have said before, Nunu plays some of his best games against big time opposing guards, and look for Laing to have a good battle with sophomore forward Lazar “Skyhook” Hayward. Let’s hope that big men John Garcia and Mike Davis can continue their great play as of late.
In honor of the recent events that took place last night at the University of Seton Hall, there will be no prediction for tonight’s game. HAZARD ZET FORWARD.