Scouting report: Seton Hall
Game info: 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena (10,000 capacity)
TV: ESPN3 (Mike Crispino and Derek Whittenburg.)
Radio: KKNW 1150 (Mike Gastineau and Jason Hamilton)
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Coach: Kevin Willard is 36-31 in three seasons with the Pirates. His career record is 81-80, which includes a three-year stint at Iona.
Prediction: Picked to finish 14th in the 15-team Big East by media who cover the conference.
Series: This is the first meeting between Washington and Seton Hall.
Previous game: Beat Norfolk State 78-65 on Monday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior Fuquan Edwin (right) displayed flashes of emerging as a big-time player last season when he averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Sure enough, the 6-6, 205-pound swingman has emerged as Seton Hall’s best player. In the win over Norfolk State, he tallied 23 points and 10 rebounds. In the season opener, he had 16 points in a blowout over Missouri Kansas City.
Edwin, whose career scoring high is 28 points, is Seton Hall’s best three-pointer shooter (5 of 11) and best free throw shooter (8 of 11). He’s also second on the team with five assists. This season he’s gaining more confidence as a scorer and will take most of the shots because he’s the only established returning starter on the squad. Edwin started 33 of 34 games last season and 26 of 31 as a freshman. No one else has started more than six games for the Pirates.
While Edwin is improving as a scorer, he’s built a reputation as a steals artist on the defensive end. He’s very quick and has long arms. Against Norfolk State, he had six steals. He’s had five or more steals in a game eight times. Last season, Edwin led the nation with 102 steals.
— Seton Hall’s other big gun is undersized center Eugene Teague. The 6-9, 290-pound junior, sat out last season after transferring from Southern Illinois. He finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Norfolk State and 14 and 7 in the opener. If he gets it down low, he’s probably scoring. He shoots 64.7 percent from the floor. It’s best to foul him because he’s a horrific at the line where he’s missed 12 of 20 free throws.
Teague played 19 games and started 14 games with SIU in 2010-11 during an injury-plagued season when he averaged 8.6 and 5.3 rebounds. The Pirates are hoping he can stay healthy and control the middle. He’s a wide-body and not a shot blocker, only registering one so far this season. Conditioning may also be a factor for Teague. He’s a big man whose been away from college basketball for a year. He hasn’t played more than 27 minutes this season.
— Seton Hall was hoping Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs, a 6-1, 185-pound sophomore from New Jersey would return home and lead the Pirates to the NCAA tournament. However, the NCAA denied his hardship appeal and he’ll have to sit out this season.
— Without Gibbs, the Pirates will rely on freshman Tom Maayan to run the team. The Israeli native is one of three newcomers who is starting this season. His main responsibilities is to find shooters. He had six assists in the opener and five in the previous game. Maayan doesn’t look to score (4 of 5 from the floor) or rebound (1).
— Seton Hall built the roster with four transfers, including two starters (Brian Oliver and Teague), a backup (Kyle Smyth) and Gibbs
— Oliver managed just three points in the previous game, but he’s a deadly scorer. He scored a career-high 32 points against Syracuse as a sophomore at Georgia Tech. He’s a streaky shooter. He drained a personal best six three-pointers in a game, but this season he’s 2 of 10 behind the arc.
— The Pirates don’t have a senior on the roster. However, Smyth, a 6-4 backup guard, is a graduate who transferred from Iona. He’s a formidable scorer off the bench who had 14 points in the last outing. Smyth averages 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
— Sophomore Brandon Mobley appeared in 25 games last season and started six. The 6-9 forward won the starting job this season and he’s probably Seton Hall’s best rebounder who averages 10 boards. He’s reportedly and adequate defender, but he’s limited in almost every other area.
— Seton Hall has an 11-11 record against current Pac-12 teams.
— The Pirates have started the same lineup in both games and are 2-0.
C – Eugene Teague, 6-9, 290, Jr., 15.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg., 64.7 FG%
F – Brandon Mobley, 6-9, 210, So., 5.0, 10.0, 25.0 mpg.
F – Brian Oliver, 6-6, 226, Jr., 8.0, 2.5, 2 of 10 on three-pointers
G – Fuquan Edwin, 6-6, 205, Jr, 19.5, 7.0, 3.5 spg.
G – Tom Maayan, 6-1, 180, Fr., 5.5, 0.5, 5.5 apg.
— Slowing down Edwin is critical for the Huskies. He’s the engine that makes everything go for Seton Hall. Still, it’s a difficult defensive assignment because Edwin does a little bit of everything. He’ll run around screens for perimeter shots. He’ll dribble drive to the rim or pull up for short jumpers. He’s active on the glass. And he pretty good in transition. The one area of his offensive repertoire that’s lacking is a low-post game. Conceivably C.J. Wilcox will draw the defensive assignment to contain Edwin because they’re similar in size and stature. That should be an interesting battle and stiff test for Wilcox, who will have to conserve his energy because he has to provide points on the other end of the floor.