When: December 8
Where: Piscataway, NJ
Time: 8 EST
How to Watch: ESPNU
Here it is, the moment we’ve all been waiting for -- Seton Hall (5-3) and Rutgers (4-5) slugging it out for the New Jersey crown in a game dubbed "the Turnpike Tussle."
Outlook for the Pirates
But for the sake of tradition, we can ignore that.
Fuquan Edwin went down with an ankle injury against the Blackbirds and will not be able to suit up on Sunday. With their leading scorer sidelined, the Pirates will look for Sterling Gibbs, Brian Oliver and Gene Teague to shoulder the offensive load.
Oliver is coming off of a red-hot shooting night against LIU Brooklyn, in which he drilled eight shots from beyond the arc for 26 points.
After an impressive start to the season, Gibbs has been in a slump as of late. In his past three games, the standout Texas University transfer has given coach Kevin Willard just over seven points a night. Gibbs exceeded seven points in the first five games of the year.
Scouting the Scarlet Knights
Rutgers hoops took a step back with that whole Mike Rice debacle, but, as is the case in most sports rivalries, they’re going to come to play Sunday night.
As a team, RU shoots 45 percent from the field and just over 37 percent from downtown. Seton Hall shouldn’t have too many problems matching up defensively with the Scarlet Knights, but keeping Jack and Mack from erupting will be imperative.
Seton Hall has the edge all-time against Rutgers, and enters the game with a 35-29 record dating all the way back to 1916. And as RU’s official athletic site notes, 17 of the last 19 meetings between these in-state foes have been decided by six points or less or in overtime.
With that in mind, Seton Hall is still the better all-around team. Rutgers will play with heart, but the Pirates should walk out of the RAC with a 6-3 record Sunday night.