Game 21: Seton Hall Pirates (13-7, 4-6 BIG EAST) vs. Creighton (13-7, 5-4 BIG EAST)
Friday, February 4 • Prudential Center (Newark, NJ) • 7 p.m.
TV: FS1 with Dave Sims and Donny Marshall
The Web: FOX Sports App
Radio: AM970 / XM 381 / SXM 971 App / Pirate Sports Network & To agree with Dave Popkin and Matt Loughlin
Game Notes: Seton Room | Creighton
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Game sponsor: JAG-One Physiotherapy
Promotion of the game: Black Fives Night / Ticket offer for faculty and staff / Game presented by JAG-ONE physical therapy – BUY TICKETS UNTIL FEB. 4 GAME
- To open Black History Month, Seton Hall, as part of a BIG EAST-wide initiative, is partnering with the Black Fives Foundation to preserve, celebrate and honor the pre-NBA history of African Americans in basketball. Both teams will wear shooting shirts with their home team Black Fives logos, and coaches will wear pins that read “Make History Now.” Seton Hall’s team is the Owl Field Club, an All-Black athletic association founded in Newark in 1908.
- The Owl Field Club, an all-black athletic association, was founded in Newark, New Jersey in 1908. The organization held track and field events at Morris Park in Newark and operated a heavyweight basketball team that played against the best teams on the east coast. “The Owls played rings around their white opponents throughout the game,” The New York Age said, after a game against the Columbia Strollers in 1911. “Smith of the Owls was the star of the game, bringing shots from all over the field.” Also known as the Owls of Newark, they played home matches at Pierson Hall, Palace Lucille and Gordon Racecourse in Newark. Their games were always followed by music and dancing. In 1912, the club defeated the New York All Stars, the first paid-for African-American basketball team in sports history. The Owls also traveled to Washington, D.C. in 1912 to face Howard University, the reigning colored basketball world champions. Their training included “Kirk” Marrow, who would become an undercover detective with the Elizabeth, NJ police, Jim Fultz, known as the “Czar of Newark” for his community leadership, and the VanDevere brothers, Clifford and Arthur. The team was “one of the fastest colored aggregations to be found in the State”, reported the Bridgewater Courier-News in 1917, adding that the opponents “will have a great task ahead to overcome the Newarkers “. The Owl Field Club put Newark on the black basketball map and helped spark interest in the game in New Jersey’s African-American communities by continually expanding their competitive horizons beyond the city’s borders and of State.
- Seton Hall faculty and staff can receive 25% off the single game price for this game and receive a FREE Seton Hall branded notebook using a special link that was sent to their email address shu.edu on January 24.
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NOTES YOU SHOULD KNOW
- After a well-deserved win at Georgetown on Tuesday, Seton Hall returns to the Prudential Center to take on Creighton Friday night at 7 p.m. on FS1.
- The last time the Pirates started 3-6 in the BIG EAST was in 2016-17, when the Pirates won seven of their next nine to finish 10-8 while reaching the semi-finals of the BIG EAST tournament. . The team earned a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
- Coincidentally, the Pirates came out of their 3-6 slump that season with a 68-66 overtime victory at Georgetown on February 4.
- Junior Jackson Tray (Detroit, Michigan) made his sixth start of the season on Tuesday and posted a game-high 21 points on 5-for-9 three-pointers against the Hoyas.
- Jackson is the eighth different Pirate to lead the team in scoring this season.
- In the last three games, graduate student Jamir Harris (North Brunswick, NJ) is averaging 11.3 points and making 47.4 percent of his three-pointers (9 of 19).
- The Pirates are 7-2 at the Prudential Center this season and 151-69 all-time (.686).
- Against BIG EAST competition, the Pirates are 71-58 all-time at the Prudential Center and 1-2 this season.
- February has been a good month for the Pirates in recent years, as they went 28-17 since 2015-16 in the second month on the schedule.
- Seton Hall is currently 42nd in NET and 44th in KenPom.
- Seton Hall is 5-6 this season against Q1 and Q2 competition.
- Outside of the loss to St. John’s on January 24 at Walsh Gymnasium, Seton Hall’s other five conference losses have been a combined 26 points and their average losing margin was 5.2 points.
- Two of those losses (at No. 21 Providence on Dec. 29, to No. 22 at Villanova on Jan. 1) came without two critical inside plays in a graduate 7-2 Ike Obiagu and 6-10 juniors Tyrese Samuel.
- The win over Georgetown on Feb. 1 marked the 10th time this season that The Hall has held their opponent to 65 points or less.
- Seton Hall is 11-0 this season when holding opponents to 69 points or less and 10-0 when leading or tied at halftime.
- This is the first season in program history where the Pirates have defeated two top-10 non-conference opponents in the regular season.
- The Hall is one of seven programs in the country with multiple wins over the top 10 teams this season (Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Oregon, UCLA, Alabama).
- The Pirates are one of only two teams in college basketball, along with Kentucky (at No. 5 Kansas, 80-62) that has had a true road win in the non-conference top five (at No. 4 of Michigan, 67-65).
- The Pirates are 107-20 (.843) since 2016-17 when they attempted more free throws than their opponent.
- This season, Seton Hall leads the BIG EAST in free throws (329) and free throw attempts (429) and his 76.7% clip from the free throw line ranks 28th in Division I.
- The Hall is 125-18 (.874) since 2015-16 when its lead reached seven points.
- Below Kevin Willardthe Pirates are 88-10 (.898) when scoring 80 or more points.
- Graduate student Ike Obiagu (Abuja, Nigeria) has recorded one block in 28 consecutive games since last season, the longest active streak in the country, and leads the BIG EAST and ranks fourth nationally with 3.6 blocks per game.
- Management of playmaker responsibilities in the last two weeks, second year Kadary Richmond (Brooklyn, NY) ranks seventh in the BIG EAST with 4.3 assists per game and first with 2.3 steals per game in conference play.