Home » Columns » Currently Reading:

Seton Hall 63, Mercer 47: Numbers and notes

November 17, 2014 Columns No Comments

NEWARK, N.J. – Seton Hall tipped off the 2014-15 campaign with a solid 63-47 victory over Mercer on Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center. It’s their fourth straight win in the season opener, with the last loss coming at Temple to start the 2010-11 season.

We start with a look at the possessions numbers, then Four Factors:

Mercer Seton Hall
Possessions 64 65
Offensive efficiency 73 97
eFG 40 47
Free throw rate 19 33
OREB percentage 35 28
Turnover rate 28 14

Pace was on the deliberate side numbers wise. Seton Hall did look to run if the opportunity presented and led 10-6 in transition points.

The Hall controlled three of the Four Factors, with offensive rebounding being the only area they came up short. They did a very impressive job of forcing Mercer into 18 turnovers and an extremely high 28 percent rate. The eFG of only 40 percent by Mercer is another testament to the Seton Hall defensive effort. The final score is deceptive, as for the most part it was a two- or three-possession game.

Midway through the second half, Mercer could have picked up ground. The Bears came up empty on four consecutive possessions, then a Brandon Mobley trey with just under fourteen minutes to play increased the Hall lead to 13 and Kevin Willard’s club was not threatened any time after.

The feeling regarding Mobley was he shot many fall-aways. He did not go vertical often or lean in to draw contact. Can’t argue with his results: a team-high 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field (including an unblemished 4 for 4 from long distance).


Brandon Mobley keyed Seton Hall’s season-opening win on Sunday (Ray Floriani photo)

Willard also praised the senior forward’s leadership. “He has taken on more of a leadership role and embraced it. Before he sounded like me, now he expresses himself in a way his teammates, especially the younger ones, can relate to.”

Highly regarded freshman Isaiah Whitehead of Seton Hall finished with two points on 1 of 10 shooting. Willard cautioned as freshman you will have days like this but Whitehead, a 6-4 freshman will have his moments. “He is a big time talent,” Willard said.

Angel Delgado a 6-8 freshman will have his moments as well for Seton Hall. Delgado pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds (five on the offensive board).

Mercer, who upset Seton Hall in double overtime last year in Georgia, was paced by Ike Nwamu with a game-high 20 points. A former Atlantic Sun member, Mercer has moved on to the Southern Conference.

Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Hoopville Podcasts

College Basketball Tonight – March 19, 2017

March 20, 2017 by

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in the books, and after two rounds that could not be more different. Ted Sarandis leads the way as we break down the first two rounds, as well as coaching news that emerged over the weekend.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 18, 2017

March 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we look back on the first round games in the NCAA Tournament, starting with a couple of terrific performances on Friday night.

College Basketball Tonight – March 12, 2017

March 13, 2017 by

We bring you College Basketball Tonight, a comprehensive look at the 2017 NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran broadcaster Ted Sarandis. The NCAA Tournament field is set, and we break down each region as well as some big picture subjects.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2017, Part 2

March 10, 2017 by

In Part 2 of our podcast, we talk about the ACC Tournament and others that have found new homes in light of comments made by a prominent coach that got quite a reaction, then we talk about the NCAA Tournament bubble as that subject begins to dominate conversation for a couple of more days.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – March 10, 2017, Part 1

March 10, 2017 by

In Part 1 of the podcast as Championship Week rolls on, we look at some important games in New York, as well as surprises in the Big 12. Also, more coaching changes are happening, and we talk about some of the news there.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.