Marquette got back on the winning track with an 83-69 victory over Seton Hall on Tuesday. The game at Fiserv Forum saw the Golden Eagles improve to 10-4 (2-1) while Seton Hall dropped to 7-7 (0-3).
Possessions: 66- Grind it out pace which is what you should expect to see more of as Big East play progresses.
Offensive Efficiency: Marquette 126, Seton Hall 105. Seton Hall coach Shaheen Holloway probably let his team hear it at the half, post game and on the charter home. Holloway is a defensive minded mentor and a giving up a 126 OE just won’t fly.
What Marquette did well. Get out to a quick lead and shoot with accuracy. It is never easy to play catch up. It’s even more difficult away from home. Shaka Smart’s club struck first, building an early double digit lead, keeping the Pirates on their heels. On the night Marquette shot 67% from two point range while going 36% beyond the arc.
What Seton Hall did well. Hit the offensive boards and shoot well inside the arc. Pirates had a 13-8 edge on the offensive glass in raw numbers. From two point area they shot 58% with Dre Davis (5-5) and Tyrese Samuel (4-5) leading the way.
Leading scorers: Oso Ighodaro 16 points. The kenpom.com MVP in this one also grabbed a game high 10 boards for the Golden Eagles.
Dre Davis 15 points for Seton Hall.
Seton Hall shot better from two (58%) than the line 55% (12 of 22).
Oliver-Maxense Prosper (15) and Kam Jones (14) also scored in double figures for Marquette.
Marquette cared for the ball with just 7 turnovers while forcing the Hall into a 15 turnover night.
On the season Marquette averages 115 in offensive efficiency, 112 in Big East play. Obviously this was an offensive night coach Smart may want to bottle.
Tonight in the Big East:
Villanova at UConn (Hartford). A daunting task for the Wildcats. They do enter with the momentum of five straight wins. UConn is ranked 2nd at 13-0. Danny Hurley's Huskies can beat you in many ways.
Xavier at St. John’s (Carnesecca Arena). Sean Miller is pushing all the right buttons. Xavier has won seven straight while St. John’s is coming off a loss at Villanova a week ago. Xavier will face St. John’s pressure. On the flip side the host Red Storm face a team with a number of offensive options.