Seton Hall (13-11) at Rutgers (12-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The RAC (8,000) -- Piscataway, New Jersey. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: Seton Hall 9-4, Rutgers 8-5. Away Record: Seton Hall 3-6, Rutgers 3-5. Neutral Record: Seton Hall 1-1, Rutgers 1-0. Conference Record: Seton Hall 2-9, Rutgers 3-8. Series Record: Seton Hall leads, 35-27.
GAMES NOTES: In an Garden State Showdown the Seton Hall Pirates will battle the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as part of Big East Conference action at the RAC.
Seton Hall has been stuck in reverse since Big East Conference play began. The Pirates have lost five straight games and gone 2-9 in the past 11 games, all against conference foes. That league record has the Pirates ahead of just two other teams in the conference standings. Seton Hall still has a record above .500 overall (13-11) but that doesn't matter with how poorly the Pirates have played against teams in conference. Seton Hall will host No. 6 Syracuse and Marquette in its next two games.
Things haven't been going much better for Rutgers which comes into this game riding a six-game losing streak. The Scarlet Knights are just a game ahead of Seton Hall in the league standings with a mark of 3-8 against Big East opponents. Overall Rutgers also has a record above .500 (12-10) with that including an 8-5 mark at home where the Scarlet Knights have failed to get a win since Jan. 17. Rutgers visits DePaul and Villanova in its next two contests.
These teams, separated by just 30 miles, have matched up 62 times previously. The road team has taken the contest in five of the last six meetings, while the teams have traded wins and losses in the last six games. Seton Hall leads the all-time series, 35-27.
In its most recent setback Seton Hall was knocked off by Connecticut, 78-67. The Pirates had a 35-34 lead at halftime but in the second half allowed the Huskies to shoot at a 56-percent clip to claim the win. The Pirates did themselves no favors at the free-throw line where they hit just 6-of-17 attempts, while UConn was 21-of-23 from the charity stripe.
If there was a positive taken from the loss to the Huskies it was the successful return of Aaron Cosby. The 6-foot-3 guard (12.2 ppg) was listed as questionable for the game but ended up on the floor to score a game-high 25 points. Cosby is the second leading scorer on the team but had managed to be in double figures in just three of his last four games. Fuquan Edwin (17.0 ppg, 5.8r pg, 2.6 spg) has been the more consistent offensive threat for the Pirates as well as a defender that uses his quick hands to snag the second most steals in the conference. Edwin is listed as probable with an ankle injury, while Brandon Mobley is out with a dislocated shoulder. Eugene Teague (11.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg) anchors the team on the inside with solid contributions on the scoreboard and the glass.
Rutgers put up a fight against No. 15 Georgetown on Saturday but came up short in a 69-63 decision. The two squads were tied 60-60 with just under five minutes to play but Rutgers missed its last nine field goal attempts to allow the Hoyas to escape with the victory.
For Rutgers, Eli Carter (15.5 ppg) is the top scorer but certainly not the most efficient as he puts in just 38.4 percent of his shots from the field. Carter is coming off a 23-point effort against Georgetown when he was the only player in double figures. Myles Mack (12.7 ppg) teams with Carter in the backcourt and has been a much more efficient scorer, connecting on 50.3 percent of his shots from the field. No other player on the roster is scoring more than 7.1 points per game. Wally Judge (7.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Dane Miller (7.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg) are two of only three players bringing in more than three rebounds per game.
These are two of the more even teams in the conference with both relying on a solid backcourt duo. With these teams so evenly matched the Pirates injuries could catch up with them.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rutgers 68, Seton Hall 65
02/12 10:32:39 ET