As the 2016-17 college basketball season tips off (puns!), the Seton Hall Pirates welcome the Fairleigh-Dickinson Knights of the Northeast Conference to the Walsh Gym.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: FSN (Scott Graham, Tom Pecora)
Radio: WSOU (Seton Hall)
Streaming: FOX Sports Go (Where available)
This is the 22nd meeting between the Pirates and the Knights, and Seton Hall is 17-4 all-time. However, in their last meeting (12/1/13), Fairleigh-Dickinson defeated Seton Hall, 58-54.
Additionally, Fairleigh-Dickinson head coach Greg Herenda was an assistant coach at Seton Hall from 1994-97.
Isaiah Whitehead was Seton Hall’s leading scorer each of the past two seasons, and was a huge part in getting them to the NCAA Tournament last season. He parlayed that success into getting drafted by his hometown Brooklyn Nets. As a result, the Pirates have to make up the 18.2 points per game that Whitehead gave them last season. They still have the rest of the now-junior class of Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez, Khadeen Carrington, and Ismael Sanogo, and this is a good game to start to get a glimpse at who is comfortable being the main scoring option for the Pirates.
Test for Freshmen and Transfers
Seton Hall didn’t play any exhibition games. As a result, this game, along with Sunday’s against Central Connecticut can likely serve as ideal situations to get freshmen Eron Gordon and Myles Powell some playing time before the Pirates head to Iowa for the Gavitt Games.
Additionally, it will be interesting to see who Seton Hall puts at point guard between their two transfers: Madison Jones or Jevon Thomas. Jones is a graduate transfer, similar to Derrick Gordon last season, while Thomas transferred from Kansas State and sat out last year per NCAA rules.
Don’t Take Fairleigh-Dickinson Lightly
The Knights return the bulk of a team that made the NCAA Tournament last season. They won the Northeast last year and were projected to win it again this year at the conference’s media day.
Additionally, two players to watch out for on Fairleigh-Dickinson are guard Darien Anderson and forward Earl Potts, both named to the Preseason All-NEC team. Anderson averaged 15.8 points and 1.8 steals per game last season, while Potts averaged 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Seton Hall shouldn’t have any problems, but it’s important to not sleepwalk through these games.