I Can See for Myles & Myles

Players of the Week

The Myles’

Myles Cale and Myles Powell

Myles Cale and Myles PowellMyles Cale and Myles PowellThe Seton Hall Pirates had lost a lot of talent from 2017-2018 and were sitting middle of the pack on Saturday when they took on Kentucky in the Citi Hoops Classic in the Garden. Thanks to the heroics and stellar play of two players, Seton Hall got an 84-83 win over the No. 9 ranked Wildcats.

Starting with Powell: he did his thing. Powell, as of Thursday, leads the Big East in scoring with 23 ppg, led the Pirates with 28 points and a season high six 3-pointers. His biggest moment came in the final seconds of regulation, knocking down a fallback three from the wing to put Seton Hall up. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson hit a half court buzzer beater to go to overtime.

That’s where Cale comes in. Cale, a sophomore, scored a career high 17 points. With Seton Hall down 83-81, Cale made a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining to put the Pirates up one. The Pirates hung on for the win and Cale finished with his best performance of his young Pirates career.

Who’s Hot

The Hauser Boys: Joey Hauser and Sam Hauser

Sam Hauser has been at Marquette for two complete seasons and for his third, he was joined by his brother Joey. The two are an inch apart in height and five pounds in weight. The elder Hauser had been a key contributor and teammate along side Markus Howard for two seasons and for Marquette. His brother has come in and done just as well. Sam is averaging 14.2 ppg and seven rpg, the former ranking top 15 and the latter ninth best in the conference. Freshman Joey is right there with his counterpart, going for 10.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

On Saturday, Marquette hosted the Wisconsin Badgers in the two team’s second matchup in as many years. Marquette thumped Wisconsin in Madison last season. The game this year was tight throughout. Heading down the stretch, Joey hit two big 3-pointers in the final 11 minutes of regulation to keep the Golden Eagles close. The game moved into overtime, where he scored the opening layup and two big free throws. Joey finished with 15 points. Sam did very well himself, going for 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Both their contributions got Marquette a tight 74-69 win.

Who’s Not

Xavier Musketeers

A local newspaper said last Sunday that Xavier’s 62-47 loss to Cincinnati last Saturday would send them back to the drawing board. It might be the way to go.

The Musketeers moved to 6-4 on the season after the defeat to the rival Bearcats in the legendary Crosstown Shootout rivalry. For first-year head coach Travis Steele, this was Xavier’s first true road game of the season and probably a test they needed earlier rather than later to get prepared for conference play.

However, the showing wasn’t good. As a team, Xavier shot just 35.3 percent from the floor and 20 percent from beyond the arc. All the signs matched up how they lost this game: they were outrebounded, were beat in assists, committed more turnovers and didn’t get to the free throw line as much as the Bearcats. It’s still early in the season and Xavier has time to turn it around, but the losses of Trevon Bluiett, J.P. Macura and Karem Kanter from last season should play a significant role come conference play.

Top 5 Big East Upsets (Good and Bad)

5. Marquette 74, No. 12 Wisconsin 69 (December 8th)

As mentioned before, this was the second consecutive meeting between these two teams in the last two seasons. Wisconsin was 8-1 coming into the game and senior Ethan Happ had been rolling. Marquette shot 64.7 percent from three and outrebounded the Badgers on the glass to give them their biggest upset of the season thus far.

4. Massachusetts 79, Providence 78 (December 7th)

A Big East matchup that didn’t go in favor of the better team. Providence was in control of this one against the 5-4 UMass, leading 63-49 with just under 11 minutes remaining in regulation. The Minutemen stormed back to cut it to one with five minutes left and a layup with 10 seconds left by Luwane Pipkins sunk the Friars. Providence moved to 7-3 with the loss.

3. Furman 76, No. 8 Villanova 68 (November 17th)

This one stung. Bad. Not as bad as number one on this list, for the sole reason that Furman is on fire to start the season. The Paladins dominated the whole game pretty much, from opening tip to the end. Nova never got in rhythm and Eric Paschall scored just eight points on 2-11 shooting. Furman moved to 5-0 with the win and currently are a whopping 12-0 and cruising, which is why this is just third on the list.

2. Seton Hall 84, No. 9 Kentucky 83 (December 8th)

The Pirates scored one of their biggest upsets in recent years last Saturday at the Garden in New York. Hanging with the vaunted giant of Kentucky and John Calipari and coming out on top in a gut-wrenching game is huge. It’s character building and just what head coach Kevin Willard needed to instill confidence in his group of guys.

1. Pennsylvania 78, No. 17 Villanova 75 (December 11th)

No one saw this coming. This may take the cake in terms of biggest upsets of the season in the Big East at the end of the season.

It had been 16 years since Penn last beat Villanova. Villanova hadn’t lost a Big Five game in Philadelphia since 2012. Jay Wright has lost talent before in bunches like he did this offseason and still manhandled the city of Philadelphia.

Hats off to Penn, though. They earned the win. They shot the ball better from the field, 3-point line and free throw line. They outrebounded Nova and had more assists. Antonio Woods and AJ Brodeur both contributed 16 points as starters and the Quakers survived a late game turnover that gave the Wildcats a chance to tie on the final shot. Wildly impressive from Penn and head coach Steve Donahue, who look to have something brewing in the Ivy League.