They are 2-0 all-time in Big East Tournament championship games and will look to win a third on Saturday. “He wants to win”, Willard said.
Continuing with the sophomore flavor, Angel Delgado was impressive after struggling against Creighton in the quarterfinals.
Khadeen Carrington? He was overlooked – again.
“There’s many reasons: Our turnovers, our quick shots in the first half just put us in the hole” Farr said. “It definitely motivated me”.
Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez (20) celebrates after making a three point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova during the Big East men’s tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in NY.
As for Seton Hall, Isaiah Whitehead is the key for the Pirates being successful on any night out and the Big East Tournament final is no exception. “This is who he’s been”. “I think these guys are starting to understand the greatness of this tournament”. I thought he was aggressive. He made two more foul shots before Carrington, who waved his arms to urge on the cheering crowd, closed it out with a pair from the line.
Less than three minutes into the second half, Creighton cut the deficit to four. Creighton and Seton Hall split two regular-season meetings, each winning on the road by double digits. But they also might not have needed it – the Pirates that entered the South Orange school a year ago to unreal expectations are finally following through. Jenkins would get the Wildcats even for the first time early in the first half, banking in a 3-pointer for the second time of the game, with 9:22 left. Defensively, Villanova yields 63.5 points against the opposing teams.
“We worked a lot in the summer [on our shooting]”, said Whitehead, who had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in another complete performance. “But sometimes you’ve gotta get to that first TV time-out in big games”. Cole Huff led the Bluejays in a losing effort with a career high 35 points, including 7-11 from 3-point range. Before the opening tipoff against Creighton (18-14), “Let’s Go Pirates” chants echoed throughout the building.
Xavier isn’t taking Seton Hall for granted on Friday night.
Carrington is sidekick to Whitehead’s spotlight, a player that, from high school to college, has always ceded the top spot to his long-time friend, but the sophomore guard has spent much of 2016 fine-tuning his role.
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“[St. John’s] is done this year, so I think their [fans are] going to be rooting for us now”. We wanted to keep it at home.