Seton Hall basically plays 8 guys, and only 6 have played in every game for the Pirates. Of those 8, one of them only plays around 4.5 minutes per game. They have three players that have played over 1000 minutes this season, while Arkansas has zero (Kingsley is the only Hog to have played over 900 minutes), four score in double figures, and their lone big man (Delgado) is very good averaging 15 ppg and 13 rpg. SH doesn't block a lot of shots, but they do rebound very well even though they don't have very many big men. SH has five players that shoot between 31% and 37% from 3-point range, only two of the seven significant players average better than 70% from the free throw line, and only two shoot better than 50% from the floor.
Everyone keeps going on and on about how they almost beat Villanova in the Big East Tournament championship game, but let's be realistic...that was a championship game and SH was hyped up, while Nova probably took it for granted that they were going to beat Hall since Nova waxed them in the regular season, 76-46 at Villanova and 92-70 at SH.
Arkansas, on the other hand, has 9 players that have played in every game, all nine play in double digit minutes, and none of them have played over 900 minutes this season except Kingsley. The Hogs have four players average double digit ppg, are above average at rebounding, and block at least 5 shots per game. Arkansas has five players that shoot between 35% and 48% from 3-land, 5 that shoot better than 74% from the free throw line (two at 88% and 90%), and of the nine significant players for the Hogs seven of them shoot between 40-47% from the floor while the other two shoot 57% and 63%.
I hope the bull about Dickie V and the UK game dies down soon, because the Hogs don't need that distraction.
If Arkansas plays like they should
play, even if SH has a good game, the Hogs should beat the Pirates, pulling away in the last ten minutes of the second half after getting into their legs IF they can keep the tempo up and put pressure on SH for most of the game.
I'll call it now:
Hogs - 83
Pirates - 71