W2W4: Seton Hall vs. DePaul

January, 10, 2012
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Here are three things to watch for when Seton Hall (14-2, 3-1 Big East) plays DePaul (10-5, 1-2 Big East) on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m., and you can watch the game via ESPN3.

RAREFIED AIR: Seton Hall will be playing its first game as a nationally ranked team in 11 years, after entering the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday at No. 24. The Pirates, picked to finish 13th in the 16-team Big East before the season, have been one of the most pleasant surprises in the country so far. They've won three in a row, including a 12-point win over UConn, and 11 of their past 12 games, but let's see how they handle the increased spotlight and pressure that comes with a national ranking.

UNSUNG HERO: We expected good things from senior power forward Herb Pope (17.9 ppg, 10.7 rpg) and point guard Jordan Theodore (15.9 ppg, 7.4 apg) -- although to be fair, they've been even better than anticipated. But the real breakout star on this team is 6-foot-6 sophomore swingman Fuquan Edwin, who is averaging 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Edwin is also averaging 3.2 steals per game -- that leads the nation!

Edwin had a nice freshman season (7.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg), but has nearly doubled his production this year, and is coming off a career-high 24 points in Seton Hal's 66-57 win at Providence on Saturday. Keep an eye on Edwin, an emerging star in the Big East.

THE OPPONENT: DePaul was picked to finish dead-last in the Big East, but the Blue Demons already pulled off a stunning 84-81 win versus Pittsburgh last Thursday. They only won one Big East game all of last season.

DePaul can score -- it's ranked No. 38 in the country in points per game (77.1) and assists per game (15.3). Six-foot-eight sophomore forward Cleveland Melvin averages 18.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Brandon Young adds 17.1 points and 5.1 assists per game.

Where DePaul has problems is on defense, and the glass. The Blue Demons are ranked No. 290 in Division I in scoring defense (73.3 ppg), No. 299 in field goal defense (46.6 percent) and No. 321 (out of 338) in rebounding margin (-6.8 rpg).
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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