Midwest Region: Seton Hall vs Wofford Prediction
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No.7 seed Wofford Terriers (29-4) are the popular Cinderella pick this year and for good reason.
They can score, defend, have size and are experienced.
Their offense ranks 14th in the country in scoring per game at 83.0, they make 11.0 3-pointers per game, which ranks sixth, and their three-point field goal percentage is an unheard of .420, which ranks second nationally.
It all starts and ends with Fletcher Magee. The 6’4 senior guard averages 20.5 points, shoots 42.8 percent from deep and 90.7 percent from the free-throw line (sixth in the nation). His total of 502 career three-pointers sits just two shy from the NCAA record.
“I thought had the best shooter in the country (in Myles Powell) and I think Fletcher Magee might be right up there with him,” Hall coach Kevin Willard said. “Talented player, quick release, really impressed with how well he works without the basketball to get his shot off.”
“Skilled, big body, can offensive rebound and pass the basketball,” Willard said. “If they’re not making shots he can back guys down and get buckets the dirty way.”
Jackson will be the X-Factor if Wofford is indeed going to be this year’s Cinderella. Size matters as the Terriers begin to matchup with Power Five programs.
Seton Hall went 20-13 overall this season, going 9-9 in the Big East. The Pirates knocked off sixth-seeded Georgetown and second-seeded Marquette before falling to Villanova in the Big East Championship game 74-72 on Saturday.
Kevin Willard’s club has made a strong push late in the season. At one point it looked like the Pirates were not going to make the field. However, after beating Marquette twice, Villanova, and blowing out Georgetown, they played themselves right into the tournament picture. Although they dropped the Big East Tournament Final, Seton Hall has momentum going forward in March.
The Pirates will match Magee with their own sharp-shooter, Myles Powell, who averages 22.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He has the defensive prowess to attempt to stop Magee from scoring.
In addition to Powell, Seton Hall has their own X-Factor in the form of sophomore big man Sandro Mamukelashvili. At 6’10 he will be the biggest man on the court and he rebounds at an impressive clip–7.8 per game. If he can dominate inside, the Pirates will have a chance at the upset.
LINE: -2.5 Wofford
Dan’s Bet: Over 142.5
Bracket Pick: Wofford
Score Prediction: Wofford 82 Seton Hall 75