Seton Hall set for rematch of 3-OT classic vs. No. 12 Creighton

Third place in the Big East Conference will be on the line when Seton Hall travels to No. 12 Creighton on Wednesday night in Omaha, Neb., for a rematch of a three-overtime classic.The Pirates (18-9, 11-5) and Bluejays (20-8, 11-6) played one of the best games of the year on Jan. 20 when Creighton pulled out a 97-94 win at Seton Hall after 55 minutes of basketball.Since then, both teams have separated themselves from the middle of the pack in their league, and Wednesday’s game likely will go a long way toward sorting out seeding for the Big East tournament. No. 5-ranked Marquette, in second place at 12-4 in the conference, also will play that night.On Feb. 20, Creighton became just the third team to defeat league leader UConn this season. The Bluejays went 14-for-28 from 3-point range in an 85-66 home thrashing of then-No. 1 UConn.That hyperefficient offense wasn’t quite as present five days later at St. John’s. The Bluejays trailed most of the way in an 80-66 loss that ended their four-game winning streak.Trey Alexander went for 31 points, but fellow guards Baylor Scheierman and Steven Ashworth combined to shoot 7 of 25 from the field and 2 of 16 from the arc.Alexander was more concerned with Creighton’s defensive effort.”As a team, I know that we’re gonna make shots in the future,” he said. “I know that Baylor’s not gonna go 1-for-10 (from 3-point range) on many given nights. I know that we’re gonna get (Ryan Kalkbrenner) more touches in the paint. I know that Steven is going to make half the shots that he does.”So I’m not really worried about us making shots. It’s more about us on the defensive end that I’m worried about. Just us being able to find that teeth and making sure that we can stop opponents because we like to play in transition. For us to do that, we’ve got to get stops.”That transition game was on full display when the Bluejays visited the Pirates five weeks ago. Kalkbrenner worked hard for his 28 points in 54 minutes, while Alexander scored 23 points in 53 minutes and Scheierman had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists playing all 55 minutes.