Monday, January 5, 2009

Nova vs. The Hall

Foe: Seton Hall Pirates (9-5)(0-2)

Recent History: Villanova has enjoyed success against Seton Hall recently, winning the past six contests between the two teams. Last season Nova beat the Pirates 72-70 at the Pavilion on a Dwayne Anderson 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Dante Cunningham had a then career-high 21 points, and I expect him to be the go-to guy for the Wildcats this time around as well. Harlem-native Jeremy Hazell only had 6 points on 1-9 shooting against the Cats last year, but the sophomore shooting guard is much-improved since then and Nova will have a tough time containing him. He is averaging 22.9 ppg and shooting over 35% from three- look for Reggie Redding to try to shut him down. 

Notable Win: 63-61 vs. #20 USC

Notable Loss: 70-64 at James Madison

Famous Alumni: Dick Vitale, Max Weinberg, Craig Biggio, Mo Vaughn, Samuel Dalembert, Eddie Griffin

Fun Facts
  • This will be Nova's first trip to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
  • Seton Hall won NIT in 1953
  • Went to Final Four in 1989, lost championship game in overtime to Michigan.

Complimentary Youtube Video: From the bloggers at Setonia... 

Final Verdict: After the Marquette loss I said Nova needs to defend it's home court, but they also have to try to steal a couple on the road. This is one of Nova's best chances at a road victory and they need to take advantage of it to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole to start Big East play. 

TV: ESPN Full Court 8:00

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