Game Preview: Seton Hall vs. Lafayette

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After trouncing Eastern Washington, Seton Hall will take on Lafayette in Walsh Gym to wrap up non-conference play.

When: December 27

Where: Walsh Gym (South Orange, NJ)

Time: 8 EST

How to Watch: Fox Sports 1

Seton Hall’s Outlook

Gene Teague should dominate this game. The senior big man, who nearly had a five-game string of consecutive double-doubles, has a juicy matchup against a Lafayette team that ranks ninth in the Patriot League rebounding category. Teague is averaging under six shots a game on the season, and needs to become more of a factor offensively with Sterling Gibbs (knee) still sidelined.

Tonight’s game will also mark Fuquan Edwin’s second after returning from a sprained ankle. The senior swingman is an NBA prospect, and will have the chance to carry Seton Hall against the heavyweight teams remaining on their schedule.

Patrik Auda (foot) checked in for the first time in over a month against EWU. In his last full game prior to getting hurt, the junior exploded for 27 points against Monmouth. Going forward, Auda’s role on the team and in the offense will grow as he returns to full health.

Scouting the Leopards

Lafayette enters the game with a 4-6 record, and will likely be without leading scorer Seth Hinrichs (knee) against the Hall.

The Leopards have four players scoring in double figures, but none averaging more than six boards a game. Lafayette also struggles considerably on the defensive end, as noted by South Orange Juice’s Chris Mcnamus.

Poor rebounding is just the tip of the iceberg for the Leopards on the defensive end. Lafayette also ranks below 300th in adjusted defensive efficiency (329th), defensive 3PT% (40%, 322nd), and block percentage (324th). They have given up at least 75 points in every game except for their most recent loss to St. Francis.

Prediction

A poor defensive team on the road without their leading scorer? I don’t like those chances against anyone, even the disappointing Pirates. Teague should dominate down low and on the glass, and the Hall will finish off non-conference play with a win.

Seton Hall 90, Lafayette 70

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