Game Preview: Seton Hall vs. NJIT

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After getting past Rutgers, Seton Hall gets set to host a decent NJIT team with both sides searching for their seventh win of 2013-14.

When: December 10

Where: Newark, NJ

Time: 9 EST

How to Watch: Fox Sports 1

Seton Hall’s Outlook

After a dominant 27-point effort against Rutgers, Sterling Gibbs will look to continue rolling against the Highlanders of NJIT. The sophomore guard appears to have gotten over a three-game slump in which he averaged just over seven points a game. With Fuquan Edwin still on the sidelines with an ankle injury, Gibbs will be trusted to keep scoring on Tuesday.

NJIT has just one player averaging more than five boards a night, so Gene Teague must be salivating at this matchup. SHU’s premier big man has snagged 16 rebounds in each of his last two games, and is averaging over eight boards a game this season. The 6’9" senior will be the biggest player on the floor, and will look to continue dominating on the glass and in the paint.

Seton Hall was spot on from the field (47.9/38.7 percent), beyond the arc (42.9/31.6 percent) and at the charity stripe (81.5/68 percent) against Rutgers, and the Pirates are going to continue firing when they take on NJIT.

Scouting the Highlanders

Damon Lynn enters the game as NJIT’s leading scorer with nearly 19 points a contest, followed by Terrence Smith, who is averaging close to 14 points on the year. Lynn and Smith are the only two Highlanders scoring in double digits.

Tight perimeter defense from RU’s Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears prepared the Pirate guards for whatever NJIT will throw at them. Freshmen Jaren Sina, who played over 30 minutes on Sunday night, will share ball-handling responsibilities with Gibbs.

As a team, NJIT shoots over 45 percent from the field and close to 40 percent from beyond the arc. But in their last game against the Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks, the Highlanders hit just four of their 19 attempts from downtown.

Prediction

Beating Rutgers was big, and Seton Hall should be able to get past NJIT on Tuesday night. If Gibbs and Teague continue tearing it up, the Pirates should take this one in a blowout

Seton Hall 75, NJIT 59

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