Preview: Dawgs Travel East To Face Seton Hall

The Basics

4:30 P.M. PST. ESPN3. Mohegun Sun Arena. Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

Washington Huskies (1-1; 0-0)         Seton Hall Pirates (2-0; 0-0)
G
Abdul Gaddy
6'3           
G
Tom Mayaan
6’1
G
Andrew Andrews*
6'2
G/F
Brian Oliver
6'6
G
C.J. Wilcox
6'5
G/F
Fuquan Edwin
6'6
F
Jernard Jarreau
6'10
F
Brandon Mobley
6'9
C
Aziz N'Diaye
7'0
C
Gene Teague
6'9
 

*Andrews is projected to start. Don't be surprised to see Simmons get a SF start and bump Wilcox to SG.
 

Ideas

This is a "home" game for UW. Ha. Nothing is a home game for the Huskies outside of Alaska Airlines Arena. Nothing is even a neutral game for the Huskies outside of Seattle. This game is being played in Connecticut. Thus, I will now refer to this as the first Washington road game.

The Dawgs have an extremely shaky start to their 2012-2013 campaign. Yes, this was supposed to be a down year for UW. No, this was not supposed to result in a loss at home to Albany. The Huskies have a large chance to redeem themselves against Seton Hall this afternoon. The Pirates are 2-0 and are coming off a 21-13 season in a tough Big East. ESPN is the carrier for this game, meaning that people will watch. Seton Hall is a Big East team, meaning that people will care. These "people" of course, are people that do not reside in the upper left corner of the United States. UW has a chance to show the country that they are not a bad basketball team, unless they are, in fact, a bad basketball team. Today definitely won't be fun under that circumstance.

 

Breaking Down The Seton Hall Pirates

The Pirates are sitting at 2-0, with a massive victory over the University of Missouri-Kansas City and and double digit win against Norfolk State. Seton Hall is lead by Fuquan Edwin, a 6'6 junior out of Paterson, New Jersey. Edwin is averaging 19.5 points, 7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. Gene Teague, a 6'9 junior center, is averaging 15 points and 9 boards.

As a team, the Pirates are averaging nearly 77 points a game while taking 22 threes per game. Kyle Smith is the team's third leading scorer, as he is averaging 8.5 points while getting 25 minutes off the bench. Smith, a senior,  is not afraid to shoot the three, going 5-7 from three this year and was a 33% shooter from beyond the arc last season.

The biggest element for the Pirates is their height. Clearly they bring a tall starting lineup to the table, with only one man under 6'6. This may effect the Huskies strategy as well as their starting lineup as Scott Suggs will not be playing today following the hit he took against Albany. Look for UW to give Desmond Simmons and Martin

Breunig a decent amount of minutes off the bench, at the 3 and the 4, to contend with the Pirates' lineup and keep them off the glass. Seton Hall has a +29 rebound differential in just two games this season.

Keys To The Game
Fast Start: UW sucks on the road. This is something we, as rational fans, must accept. The key to eliminating road woes is to come out of the gates with passion and not allow the team to be deflated if the opposition comes out firing (see: Saint Louis). Washington is in dire need of a win and this requires energy. Seton Hall has not seen a team as athletic or fast as UW this season and it is necessary for the Dawgs to use that to their advantage from the opening tip.
 

Aziz N'Diaye: Aziz will have his hands full on the glass tonight as he will be surrounded by 6'6+ Pirates who are very ready to crash the boards. N'Diaye will also need to log a lot of minutes and stay out of foul trouble, as UW is stretched thin without Kemp and Suggs. Teague's 6'9 290lb frame is simply too large for Jarreau to handle.
 

Half-Court Offense: This is a key every game. Playing in the half-court against a long and athletic defense will be a nightmare if UW doesn't get their act together. It would be pretty cool to see multiple people moving without the ball.
 

Turnovers: Limiting turnovers is a necessity on the road. Gaddy and Andrews will need to be patient against a long and active Seton Hall defense averaging nine steals per game. On the flip side, the Pirate have given up the ball an average of sixteen times per game despite their easy wins.

Prediction

I have no idea. The Huskies could be hungry for a bounce-back win. The Pirates are a 2-0 team that is playing with some confidence. UW will be on the road, meaning that they will inevitably struggle. This game will be a nail-biter. Washington will not be able to handle Seton Hall if the Pirates keep the Huskies confined to a half-court offense. Pirates 74-67.

 

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