No. 7 Maryland Men's Basketball vs Seton Hall Prediction, Preview

Andy Kwong

The No. 7 Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team surprised themselves, winning the first 10 games of the season before suffering their first loss last week to Penn State.

As for Seton Hall, they lost two of their leading scorers in Myles Powell and Sandro Mamukelashvili to injury. Things do not bode well for them as they are currently sitting on a two-game losing streak. Both players will not suit up against Maryland this Thursday.

Getting to know the opponent

HC Kevin Willard

Willard is coaching in his 10th season with Seton Hall. He has taken his team to four-straight NCAA tournaments and is currently on pace to make it fifth straight. He has a 176-132 record with the Pirates since being hired as the head coach in the 2010-11 offseason.

G Quincy McKnight

The senior guard from Bridgeport, Connecticut needs to step up in wake of the injuries to two of his teammates. McKnight is third on the team averaging 9.6 points per game while making 46.3 percent from the field. He is also most dangerous from the free throw line, converting 82.1 percent this season. If Seton Hall is going to have any chance at beating a tough Maryland team, McKnight needs to step up his game and produce more than he ever has.

G/F Jared Rhoden

Rhoden currently leads the team in rebounds (5.5 average) and steals (1.7). He is fourth on the team with 7.4 points per game but will see an expanded role in the starting lineup. He possesses good size at 6-foot-6 210 pounds. His 35.4 percent conversion rate from the field is the worst on the team, which is why he must be more than just a defensive player. The Pirates will put their trust in Rhoden but he has big shoes to fill.

Prediction

Seton Hall is having an underwhelming season filled with high expectations. It will be tough for this team to break away from their two-game losing streak, considering they lost their only two players averaging double digit points. Maryland won their first 10 games to start the year before losing to an in-conference opponent last week. Expect the Terrapins to dominate in this one.

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