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Seton Hall heads to Omaha to face Oregon

Can Seton Hall get back on track, or will a couple familiar faces lead to their undoing?

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The Seton Hall Pirates (1-2) will look to get back to .500 Friday as they head to Omaha to take on the #21 Oregon Ducks (0-1).

This is a game that was added to the schedule last weekend for Seton Hall. Oregon had planned to go to Mohegan Sun and play in Bubbleville, but decided to save some time and go to Omaha instead of all the way across the country.

The Ducks fell to the Missouri Tigers on Wednesday evening, 83-75. Oregon was without Preseason Pac-12 First Team guard Will Richardson, who suffered a thumb injury in practice and had surgery Wednesday. They’ll be without him against the Pirates as well, but will have some help in the form of someone Seton Hall fans are familiar with, as St. John’s transfer LJ Figueroa was ruled immediately eligible by the NCAA on Thursday. Figueroa averaged 17.5 points per game in two games against Seton Hall last season for the Red Storm.

Figueroa isn’t the only transfer on the Oregon roster that Seton Hall will be familiar with. Rutgers transfer center Eugene Omoruyi led the Ducks with 31 points in the loss to Missouri. In last season’s Seton Hall victory over Rutgers, Omoruyi had 15 points and seven rebounds.

On one hand, these are two impact transfers for Oregon. On the other hand, the Ducks were paused due to COVID and likely haven’t had much time to practice so far this season.

Seton Hall was also paused due to COVID, but they’ve had the benefit of playing three games. The issue for the Pirates so far this year has been an inability to play a complete 40 minutes. Even in the win over Iona, Seton Hall trailed by nine points near the end of the first half before righting the ship and pulling away in the second half. All of the other metrics for the Pirates look fairly decent, it’s just a matter of playing consistently.


THE FACTS

Time and Date: Friday, December 4, 9 p.m. ET

Records: Seton Hall (1-2) | Oregon (0-1 )

Rankings: Seton Hall (#57 KenPom) | Oregon (#27 KenPom)

TV Channel: FS1

Watch Online: Fox Sports GO