Seth Davis: Seton Hall Won’t Beat Michigan State

Seton Hall is a popular sleeper team in this year’s tournament. In fact, some people have Seton Hall, a 6-seed, advancing to the Final Four in the Midwest region.

Seth Davis won’t go that far.

“I love Seton Hall,” the CBS Sports college basketball analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “It’s not a bad call if you’re looking for sleepers.”

The Pirates (25-8) have won 12 of their last 14 games and knocked off Xavier and Villanova to win the Big East Championship. They play No. 11 Gonzaga on Thursday at 9:57 p.m. ET, and, if victorious, they play the winner of No. 3 Utah versus No. 14 Fresno State on Saturday.

“First of all, Seton Hall’s No. 1 problem is the region that they’re in,” Davis said. “Their first game as a 6-seed going against Gonzaga is not going to be easy. It’s interesting that they’re playing in Denver. Seton Hall is an up tempo team with a lot of speed. They’re a little bit young – they play five sophomores in their starting lineup – but you saw in the Big East Tournament how good they can be.”

Isaiah Whitehead, a 6-4 guard out of Brooklyn, scored 26 points in the Big East Championship win over Villanova. Whitehead averaged a team-high 18.4 points this season, while sophomores Khadeen Carrington, also a Brooklyn native, and forward Desi Rodriguez, a Bronx native, averaged 14.3 points and 12.5 points, respectively.

“I think Gonzaga is going to have a hard time handling their speed,” Davis said. “The question is do they get Utah in the second round? Utah is just a veteran team. Pretty good guards, but they have really the best center in the game in Jakob Poeltl.”

Poeltl, a 7-footer from Vienna, averages 17.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

“In my bracket, I have Seton Hall getting beat by Utah in the second round,” Davis said. “But even if they get to the Sweet 16, I don’t see them beating Michigan State. Michigan State’s been my pick to win the championship for a while. (Seton Hall is) a good sleeper team, though.”

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