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Commodores look to avoid winless spell in Brooklyn vs. Seton Hall

After a Thanksgiving Day slaughtering at the hands of the Virginia Cavaliers, the Vanderbilt Commodores will be looking to salvage their trip to Brooklyn when they take on the No. 20 Seton Hall Pirates in the third-place game of the NIT Tip-Off at Barclays Center on Friday night.

Vanderbilt was absolutely manhandled by Virginia 68-42 on Thursday, shooting just 23.1% from the field in the process. Guard Kyle Guy led the Cavaliers with 18 points, while forward Isaiah Wilkins racked up four blocks.

Seton Hall is coming off of a tough 75-74 loss to Rhode Island in the nightcap of Thursday’s action.

Matchups to Watch

Seton Hall in the paint vs. Vanderbilt on the perimeter

Vanderbilt couldn’t do anything right on Thursday against Virginia, but they were especially bad in the paint. Virginia outrebounded Vanderbilt 42 to 36 and scored 18 points in the paint, compared to 12 by Vanderbilt. The Cavaliers also picked up seven points on second-chance opportunities following offensive boards.

They’re not going to have a much better time the paint against Seton Hall. Their starting big man, Angel Delgado, led the country in rebounds and offensive rebounds last season. On Thursday night against Rhode Island, Delgado put up 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Centers Djery Baptiste and Ejike Obinna will have their hands full on the blocks.

While the battle on the boards will likely be a losing one, Vanderbilt can compensate with a strong day on the perimeter. The Commodores went 4 for 18 from long-range against Virginia, and they will need to improve significantly in that category to be able to stay in this game. If Vanderbilt can have a successful day from beyond the three-point line, they can counter Seton Hall’s advantage in the front court.


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