Seton Hall (6-2) at Wake Forest (4-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawrence Joel Coliseum (14,665) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Seton Hall 5-0, Wake Forest 3-1. Away Record: Seton Hall 0-1, Wake Forest 0-1. Neutral Record: Seton Hall 1-1, Wake Forest 1-2. Conference Record: Seton Hall 0-0, Wake Forest 0-0. Series Record: Seton Hall leads, 4-2.
GAME NOTES: The Seton Hall Pirates play just their second true road game of the season, when they invade Winston-Salem on Saturday night to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Kevin Willard's third season at the helm at Seton Hall has gotten off to a strong start, with the Pirates winning six of their first eight games. The team enters this contest with wins in four of its last five outings, including a 68-59 victory over NJIT on Tuesday.
Jeff Bzdelik's third season in Winston-Salem has started with mixed reviews, as his Demon Deacons have split their first eight games. Wake Forest was able to end a two-game slide with a 71-60 victory over High Point on Wednesday at home. The team will close out its current three-game homestand on Dec. 18 against Furman.
This marks the seventh all-time meeting between these two teams. Last year, the two teams met at the Prudential Center in Newark, a 68-54 win for Seton Hall. With the victory, the Pirates now hold a 4-2 series advantage.
The Pirates netted a modest 68 points last time out, but got a balanced scoring effort, as four players notched double figures in the win over NJIT. Fuquan Edwin had a huge game, finishing with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Smyth added 13 points off the bench, while Eugene Teague and Aaron Cosby chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Seton Hall has had success at both ends of the court this season, averaging 71.6 ppg on a healthy .459 shooting, while holding foes under 40 percent from the field (.389) and just 60.1 ppg. Edwin has been the driving force at the offensive end for SHU, draining 53.9 percent of his shots, including a sizzling .545 from behind the arc (18-of-33) en route to a team-high 18.4 ppg. Teague (.561 shooting) has been strong in the frontcourt, with 13.3 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds per game. Cosby round out the top scoring threats for Seton Hall at 111.4 ppg.
The Demon Deacons have been saddled with a -2.2 scoring margin to this point, an obvious key to the team's lackluster start. The team possesses what should be one of the best one-two punches in the nation in forward Travis McKie and guard C.J. Harris, but both have taken a step back in 2012-13 in terms of scoring. McKie currently leads the Demon Deacons in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg), but is shooting just .392 from the field. Harris (12.1 ppg) has the only other double-digit average on the squad, but has struggled from long range (.250 from behind the arc). The pair have combined for 41 turnovers thus far.
It was Chase Fischer who led the Demon Deacons to victory over High Point, as the sophomore netted a career-high 15 points. Aaron Roundtree and Tyler Cavanaugh came off the bench to tally 11 points apiece, while Harris (10 pts) and McKie (nine pts, 10 rebs) once again failed to be driving forces for Wake.
Wake Forest's dynamic duo has started slow and the rest of the team has followed suit. Seton Hall comes in with plenty of momentum and the personnel to get the job done in Winston-Salem.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Seton Hall 73, Wake Forest 68
12/08 10:39:04 ET