6 HALL vs 11 GONZ
Time: 8:55 PM CT
Betting odds c/o 5dimes
Seton Hall more than held its own in the Big East this year, finishing with the 3rd best conference record and an overall mark of 25-8.
Facing Gonzaga will still not be an easy task, with college basketball oddsmakers setting the line EVEN in this 6 vs 11 matchup. The betting total is 145.5 according to college basketball oddsmakers at 5dimes.
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Seton Hall won the Big East in a 69-67 thriller against Villanova. It was the school’s first Big East title in 23 years and sophomore guard Isaiah Whitehead had a lot to do with why. He has averaged 26 points per game over the Pirates last five games and he had 26 in the Conference title win. In that game he shot 11 of 21 from the field and hit two threes, in addition to dishing three assists, getting a steal and a block. He did turn it over eight times, but Seton Hall shot 49.1 percent from the field and had just five turnovers outside of Whitehead.
Seton Hall finished the season ranked No. 20 in the nation in AP polls, and Whitehead averaged a team high 18.4 points per game. But Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez and Angel Delgado all averaged double figures and the Pirates posted a season average of 75 points per game. Seton Hall shot 45 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three, but the team struggles at the free throw line where it connected on just 66 percent this season.
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Delgado is a nice talent on the blocks at 6’9” 230 lbs. He averaged 10 points and a team high 9.4 rebonds per game while also coming up with 1.3 blocks/steals per game. Delgado had 15 points in Seton Hall’s 87-83 win over then-No. 5 Xavier in the semifinal game. He came up with eight points and seven rebounds in the title win. Delgado needs to be his typical self on the glass, because Seton Hall is 14-0 when he grabs 11 rebounds or more in a game.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs finished the season 26-7 with the best mark in the West Coast Conference. Gonzaga won the tournament final 85-75 over Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs ensured its 18th straight trip to the NCAA tournament with the victory, and Gonzaga put all five starters in double figures. The Bulldogs did not go to the bench, with only two reserves getting a total of 21 minutes between them. Expect things to be much the same in this matchup against Seton Hall.
Gonzaga has been led by former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer. The senior averaged 20.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, and his promise was readily apparent while in the SEC at Kentucky. He has been all the better for going to the Bulldogs, and he shot 42.4 percent from three-point range this season. Last year he was even better with a 46.6 percent clip.
If Wiltjer gets hot, Gonzaga should be able to emerge with a victory in this game. His 29 point effort against BYU in the semifinals was a standout performance in which he shot 10 of 18 from the field and 5 of 7 from behind the arc while also grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots. He is a game changer and the best talent on the court in this game.