Seton Hall faces tough test vs No. 16 Marquette
No. 16 Marquette (23-6, 12-4) vs. Seton Hall (16-12, 7-9)
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 16 Marquette presents a tough challenge for Seton Hall. Seton Hall has won one of its three games against ranked opponents this season. Marquette has dropped to No. 16 in the latest AP rankings following losses to Villanova and Creighton last week.
SQUAD LEADERSHIP: Seton Hall’s Myles Powell has averaged 22.3 points, four rebounds and two steals while Sandro Mamukelashvili has put up nine points and 7.5 rebounds. For the Golden Eagles, Markus Howard has averaged 25.5 points, four rebounds and four assists while Sam Hauser has put up 14.7 points and seven rebounds.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Powell has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Seton Hall field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 29 field goals and seven assists in those games.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Golden Eagles have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Pirates. Seton Hall has 33 assists on 79 field goals (41.8 percent) over its previous three matchups while Marquette has assists on 33 of 72 field goals (45.8 percent) during its past three games.
STINGY DEFENSE: Marquette has held opposing teams to 68.5 points per game, the second-lowest figure among all Big East teams.