The last game of the night on the opening day of the 2016 NCAA Tournament features No. 6 Seton Hall and No. 11 Gonzaga, as they face off in Denver in the first round of the Tournament.
Seton Hall is making their first Tournament apperance in a decade, and is lead by sophomore guard Isaiah Whitehead. Whitehead led the team with 18.4 points and 5.0 assists per game this season. The Pirates have four players who scored in double figures this year in Whitehead, Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez, and Angel Delgado. Delgado impacts the game both offensively and defensively for Seton Hall, and finished second in the Big East in rebounds per game this year with 9.4. Whitehead is the driving force for the Pirates, but he can be their undoing as well. He's not afraid to keep shooting if his shot isn't falling, and he also led the Big East in turnovers this year.
The Pirates won 12 of their last 14 games entering the tournament, so they're hot. They'll also be buoyed by their first conference title since 1993, so this is a team that has to be feeling good right now.
Unlike Seton Hall, Gonzaga's game is predicated on getting the ball inside. Their led by a pair of 6'10 big men in Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis (Yes, he's the son of Arvydas Sabonis). Wiltjer led the WCC in scoring with 20.7 points per game, and Sabonis was sixth with 17.4, and the big Lithuanian averaged over a double-double on the year by pairing those points with 11.4 rebounds per game. As much as Seton Hall relies on guard and wing play, Gonzaga would be more than happy to keep pounding the ball inside. Whichever team can impose their preferred style of play will have a large advantage.
The winner will take on the winner of No. 3 Utah and No. 14 Fresno State.
Game time: 9:57 p.m. ET
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