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Previewing Seton Hall

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Seton Hall Offense 06-07Four FactorsPercentNat'l RankeFG%46.8274Turnover Rate16.58Off Reb Rate31.8228FTM/FGA25.0174Seton Hall Offense 07-08Four FactorsPercentNat'l RankeFG%48.5210Turnover Rate16.58Off Reb Rate37.359FTM/FGA27.396











Well, this should be interesting. Of Seton Hall's top five minutes-getters, no one is taller than 6-5. How they've managed the OR% they have, I do not know...probably just a function of the early season schedule seeing as how none of the short guys are very good rebounders at that end of the court; they had a similarly short team last season, and as you can see, they didn't rebound well offensively.

Starters:

Eugene Harvey (6-0, 165) -- Normally it's easy to glance at the assist rate column and spot the point guard, but not so in this case. Harvey leads the team in assists and has the highest assist rate at 17.9%, but that's an awfully modest number. Harvey's good at getting to the line, and like most of SHU's guards, has a nice steal rate.

Jamar Nutter (6-2, 205) -- He was a real drag on the offense last season, using an above average proportion of possessions and shooting terribly. He's been much more of a role player this season, which is a good thing for the Pirates. Solid from three thus far (36.7%). A total hole in the floor when it comes to rebounding.

Larry Davis (6-4, 185) -- Oh, Larry, how we could so use you right now. He hit 40% of his 80 three-point attempts in 2007 and is hitting 37.5% from outside this year.

Brian Laing (6-5, 215) -- The Pirates' leading scorer at 20.2 pts/game, Laing has been on the court for almost 93% of his team's minutes (38.8 min/g), a figure that ranks 9th nationally. He's listed as a guard/forward and has pretty good defensive rebounding numbers, if not so much at the other end. He'll shoot from outside, just not very well.

Augustine Okosun (6-11, 240) -- Has started eight of 10 games but only gets about 10 minutes a night and takes so few shots that he's nearly irrelevant at the offensive end. Maybe they just stick him in there to win the opening tip or something.

Bench:

Jeremy Hazell (6-5, 185), Paul Gause (5-11, 188), and John Garcia (6-9, 265) round out the significant part of the bench.

Gause is quite possibly the best thief in the nation; he led the country in steal percentage last year, and he's 2nd this season. He should probably stop shooting threes: 33-114 (.289) in 2007, 9-39 (.231) in 2008.

Hazell is the Pirates' most frequent and most accurate three-point shooter.

Garcia is a big time rebounder at both ends and an efficient scorer who also blocks a ton of shots. Not sure why he isn't in the starting lineup ahead of Okosun.


Seton Hall Defense 06-07Four FactorsPercentNat'l RankeFG%51.7240Turnover Rate23.741Off Reb Rate36.4296FTA/FGA45.4301Seton Hall Defense 07-08Four FactorsPercentNat'l RankeFG%52.8255Turnover Rate22.8124
Off Reb Rate33.3166FTA/FGA35.2152











Not surprisingly, opponents have their way with these guys inside the arc. SHU's 2FG% defense ranked 292nd last year and currently sits at 259th this season.

Protecting the basketball is going to be huge for us in this one, as that's really the only leg they have to stand on defensively; they don't force misses and they give up plenty of second chances, so if we keep the mistakes down we'll be in good shape for a nice day.