Seton Hall raised their second banner in three days to the rafters at the Prudential Center, then throttled a completely out-manned Central Connecticut State team from wire to wire, improving to 2-0 on the young season. My takeaways:
1. Delgado Dominates Again
Angel Delgado, just as he did in the first game vs FDU, dominated the entire game. The Blue Devils had no answer as he went for 14 points and 16 rebounds. As many observers have said on social media or otherwise, he's going to be a problem for opposing teams, even ones with quality size. His touch has seemed to improve around the basket, and while fans would love to see an uptick at the free throw line, if Angel stays healthy, he's a pretty sure bet for production.
2. Efficient Khadeen
Carrington had himself another stellar game shooting the ball, going 6-8 from the floor and 4-4 from deep for a team-high 18 points. That brings "Deeno"'s numbers to a phenomenal total of 22.5 points per game on 15-22 shooting and 9-10 from beyond the arc. Obviously, there's zero chance that it will continue throughout the season, but Carrington seems completely comfortable on the court in the Pirates' first two games. Whether it's been handling or shooting the ball, the hyper-efficiency seems to confirm that notion, and while Carrington is naturally soft-spoken, his comfort on the floor could give his teammates a quiet confidence as well.
The Pirates were favored by 30 points in this game, and they came close to covering that spread. Against a vastly inferior opponent in the Blue Devils, who went 4-25 last year, Seton Hall owned the game from start to finish, going on a 15-0 run in the game's first five minutes and never giving the visitors any hope. It's the type of performance you would expect, and one that gave some of the younger Pirates (notably Myles Powell, who showed some nice spurtability and ended up with 13 points) a chance to get some run.
The Pirates' next test will be on the road at Iowa, and while the Hawkeyes did lose some key players from last year, it will likely be a polar opposite to this game. We'll see how the Hall responds in what will be their first true test of a challenging non-conference schedule overall.