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Tale Of The Tape: Seton Hall At #10 Louisville

Seton Hall
#10 Louisville
Syracuse v Seton Hall
St John's v Louisville
Coaching
It’s been a rough year for Kevin Willard, whose team is 2-12 in the Big East and has dropped 11 of its last 12 games.
Winner Louisville has bounced back from its five-overtime loss to Notre Dame by winning two straight in convincing fashion and reminding people they are still a Final Four contender.
Offense
The Pirates’ decent shooting is offset by their extremely high turnover rate. Fuquan Edwin shoots 46 percent from the field and 42 percent from deep, so he’s capable of carrying the team offensively.
Winner Louisville has struggled in the half court at times, but the Cardinals have plenty of talent. Chane Behanan is an extremely athletic forward and Peyton Siva and Russ Smith form a dynamic back-court.
Defense
Seton Hall is near the bottom of the Big East in most defensive categories—they foul a lot, don’t force many turnovers, and do a poor job of defending the three-point line.
Winner The Cards’ defense fuels their offense—they want to press and run. Their adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com, is tops in the country.
Bench Depth
Starting forward Brandon Mobley is out for the season with a shoulder injury. That likely means more minutes for Kevin Johnson and Eugene Teague. Seton Hall has plenty of bodies; they just need to be more productive.
Winner Wayne Blackshear averages nine points off the bench—he has scored at least 17 five times this season.

The Winner Is

St John's v Louisville
Winner #10 Louisville
4 out of 4

These teams met on Jan. 9 and Louisville won 73-58. Seton Hall turned it over 16 times and shot 34 percent. Expect a similar outcome on Saturday.

-Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor

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