1. Last time out between these two was a great game, and the start of a high tide and low tide in conference play
December 31st on the calendar marked the beginning of Big East Conference play for the 2014-15 season. It was also the first time that Seton Hall and St. John's would meet up as well, with the game taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark. Seton Hall walked away with the win in a 78-67 victory, in what would begin a brief meteoric rise in the conference standings and also in the national rankings as well. For St. John's following that loss began a long stretch of poor that they are beginning to recover from, unlike Seton Hall at this point in the season who have had the wheels fall off recently.
2. Seton Hall must hold St. John's to below 70 points
The recent uptick in St. John's play have seen them average at least 74 points on the floor in the last six game that the Johnnies have played. In those last six games they also went 4-2, and it was the in the two loses that opponents held the Johnnies to below 70 points. For Butler it was 62 and against Georgetown it was 57. If D'Angelo Harrison, Sir'Dominic Pointer, and Rysheed Jordan get hot or just at least put up their usual production on offense, while Chris Obekpa holds down on defense it could spell a long day for the Pirates. Also does not bode well for the Pirates that in the last six games they have been 63 points in that stretch, along with the fact they have gone 1-5 in their last six as well. Though Seton Hall does have their notes from their last time out against the Johnnies, what team shows up for them will be interesting.
3. Who will win?
Based off the recent stretch of games and recent events in terms of news for either team, I'd say that St. John's is the favorite to win this game. They have finally righted the course they were on earlier in the season and are looking poised once again, compared to Seton Hall who in the last few weeks have dealt with a number of issues on the court and off the courts as well. Seton Hall can still stop St. John's neither time is not perfect in any regard and can have off days, it will be interesting to see what team shows up for both though.