Unranked Seton Hall and No. 16 Marquette have tipped off in Newark in a Big East battle between two teams that need a victory for very different reasons. Seton Hall is trying to make the jump from the bubble in the field of 68 for the NCAA Tournament. While Marquette is a lock for the tournament, they’d certainly prefer to win the Big East regular-season title and cruise into the Big East Tournament with the top seed.
Marquette vs Seton Hall
- Date: Wednesday, March 6
- Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
- TV: FS1
- Live Stream: fuboTV (start your 7-day free trial)
Game Preview: Successive defeats against Villanova and Creighton have left Marquette in a mire after it looked as though the Big East title was theirs to lose. Top-scoring guard Markus Howard has remained their Mr. Reliable throughout (averaging 25.5 points per game), but the Golden Eagles are wavering.
Ball retention will be a much greater focus for Wednesday’s guests after they coughed up 22 turnovers in Sunday’s 66-60 loss to Creighton. Marquette have the advantage of having already beaten Seton Hall in January (70-66), the most recent of three consecutive wins over this foe.
The Pirates (16-12, 7-9) have won just five of their last 14 games and have lost three in a row coming into the penultimate game of the regular season. Marquette have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, however, and the pressure is on coach Steve Wojciechowski’s side to respond.
Marquette have beaten Seton Hall in each of the eight games they’ve played where the former has been ranked and the latter has not, including their most recent clash nearly two months ago.
The 2019 Big East postseason tournament will take place from Wednesday, March 13 to Sunday, March 17, and Marquette still have high hopes of traveling to Madison Square Garden as conference leaders before an NCAA Tournament run. Seton Hall, meanwhile, likely need victories over Marquette and Villanova followed by a march to the finals in the Big East Tournament in order to move off the bubble.
The regular season is drawing to a close, and Marquette can launch a final dash toward the March festivities by signing off their season with back-to-back wins over Seton Hall and Georgetown. You can watch this game – plus every Big East and NCAA Tournament game – live on fuboTV. Sign up now for a free trial to start watching.
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