Game Preview: Seton Hall vs. Monmouth

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Seton Hall will host Monmouth University at home on Monday night, looking to rebound after suffering their first loss of 2013-14.

When: November 18

Time: 8 EST

Where: Newark, NJ

How to Watch: Fox Sports 2

Just two days after suffering a heartbreaking loss to Mercer on Saturday, Seton Hall will host the Monmouth Hawks at the Prudential Center.

Seton Hall’s Outlook

Following a career night by senior Fuquan Edwin, who dropped an efficient (15-25) 35 points against Mercer, the Pirates will need a more balanced attack against MU.

Redshirt sophomore Sterling Gibbs, who came into the game averaging 21 points a night, was one of three SHU players to contribute just nine points against the Bears. Edwin was the only one to reach double digits for Kevin Willard’s team.

Senior Brian Oliver will look to regain his poise from beyond the three-point arc on Monday after missing four of his five attempts from downtown against Mercer. Freshmen guard Jaren Sina, shooting under 25 percent on the year, will also look to find his rhythm after being held scoreless on Saturday.

Seton Hall will need a collective effort on the boards against Monmouth, despite having only three players grabbing more than five boards a night, one of them being Gibbs.

Monmouth’s Outlook

After beating Hofstra for the first opening night road win in school history, Monmouth dropped a close on to the University of Pennsylvania, 79-73.

The Hawks are the nation’s ninth best rebounding team, averaging over 45 boards a game with eight players contributing three or more a night.

Led by junior Deon Jones’ 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game, Monmouth gets double-digit offensive contributions from four different players.

With games against St. John’s and Penn State on the slate after they take on the Pirates, Monmouth is going to come out swinging on Monday in order to avoid slipping to a potential 1-4 record.

Prediction

Seton Hall runs a more efficient offense, but the Hawks have had a better shooting percentage from beyond the arc in the young season. Much of the game will be decided by the battle on the glass, and whether or not Monmouth will be able to slow down Edwin. Big games from SHU’s star forward and a bounce-back game from Gibbs should propel Seton Hall over Monmouth.

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