There are a few reason why a win tomorrow afternoon would mean something special.
For one, simply put, it's a win. Starting Big East play 2-0 would be huge; only Providence, DePaul and Xavier are able to do the same on Saturday. With Xavier traveling to DePaul, Villanova will, at best, be tied only with one other school in first place.
Two, tomorrow's W keeps Villanova undefeated on the season. More importantly, a 14-0 start has never been accomplished by a Villanova Wildcats team. The confidence boost from tomorrow will surely surge the `Cats into next Tuesday's matchup against a now-struggling St. John's.
Lastly, it's SETON HALL. I don't have to remind you of what happened last March at Madison Square Garden. This is revenge!
Seton Hall enters this game 11-2 (1-0) coming off a home upset win over St. John's. Many questions arose for the team when Isaiah Whitehead announced his foot injury.
Stress Fracture Out For A Few Weeks But I Know & Believe My Team Will Do Great Without Me Can't Wait To Get Back On The Court #SHBB— Isaiah Whitehead (@Isaiah_W15) December 24, 2014
Even with the setback, the team of eight freshmen overcame the adversity by starting off conference play on a high note. While never ranked on the season, they have gotten many votes in multiple weeks in the AP Poll, so they will look for another win against a ranked team to regain national attention.
Where's Sterling Gibbs?
Even when Whitehead was active, Sterling Gibbs has been "the man." He's averaged the most minutes (30.5), points (16.3), and assists (3.7). While Whitehead may be a better overall basketball player, he had a much lower FG% than Gibbs. Hence, Gibbs might have always been the guy to look out for on the court. On Wednesday against the Red Storm, Gibbs had 25 points on 7-13 (5-7) shooting with 8 assists. Seton Hall will look to get the offense going early, and Sterling Gibbs will facilitate it.
Contain Angel Delgado
Seton Hall is a better rebounding team than Villanova. They average almost three rebounds more per game, and Delgado more than leads the way with 9.1 RPG. Against the Johnnies he had 13 points and 12 rebounds. He shoots an incredible 60.8% from the field, similar to Gene Teague last season. Where Delgado struggles in the free throw line, and it is really bad. At 36.4% charity stripe, it seems pretty clear how to stop Angel from becoming part of the offense.
Brandon Mobley's Performence
Throughout the last few months, Mobley has been a real benchmark for the team. On Wednesday he went 4-9 from the floor to finish with 13 points and 10 rebounds. In the loss at Georgia, he was much less efficient with 8 points on 3-11 shooting. Against Wichita State, the team's other loss, he hit 1 of 3 and had 4 personal fouls. While a 6'9" forward, he shoots around four 3's per game, so either Dylan Ennis or Daniel Ochefu (maybe Darryl Reynolds?) will have some work around the perimeter.