Gameday Opponent Breakdown – Game 11 – Seton Hall Pirates

Opponent: Seton Hall Pirates

Conference: Big East

Record: 9-2; Last game: Win at home vs Longwood, 79-61

KenPom Rank/RPI: 92/97

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

TV/Web/Radio Coverage: Web: www.barclayscenter.com (FREE!!!)/Radio: WMTR 1250 AM (Seton Hall)/Red Zone Media (LIU)

History between teams: 32th meeting. Teams last meet back in the ’09-’10 season. Seton Hall defeated LIU Brooklyn 95-66 at the Prudential Center in Newark. LIU Brooklyn leads the series 16-15. LIU Brooklyn has lost four straight in series, all on the road. Last LIU Brooklyn home game in series was back in 1971-72. This game, as all games played at Barclays Center, will count as a home game.

Game Notes:

Seton Hall: http://www.shupirates.com/pdf8/1038140.pdf?ATCLID=205846162&SPSID=52789&SPID=5500&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=12600
LIU Brooklyn: http://www.liuathletics.com/documents/2012/12/21/LIU_vs_Seton_Hall_Game_Notes.pdf?id=537

Who to watch for on Seton Hall:

#23 Fuquan Edwin – 6’6″ – G/F – Jr. – 19.6 ppg/5.9 rpg/55.7 FG%/64.7 FT% – Scored season-high 27 pts vs Washington, scored  19 pts vs Longwood in last game
#21 Gene Teague – 6’9″ – C – Jr. – 12.5 ppg/8.0 rpg/56.3 FG%/54.9 FT% – Scored career & season-high 21 pts vs Rhode Isalnd, scored 6 pts vs Longwood in last game
#1 Aaron Cosby – 6’3″ – G – S0. – 12.0 ppg/2.6 rpg/42.5 FG%/76.2 FT% – Scored a career & season-high 22 pts vs North Carolina A&T, scored 9 pts vs Longwood in last game 

Matchups to watch:

Fuquan Edwin vs Jamal Olasewere – This is a great mano a mano matchup. Scorer vs Scorer. Let’s see who come out on top. Probably the one who stays out of the foul trouble the longest.

Outlook:

LIU Brooklyn had their five-game winning streak snapped in ugly fashion on Wednesday night at St. Peter’s. They look to rebound against their last quality non-conference opponent left on their schedule in the Seton Hall Pirates. The Pirates come into this game with a record of 9-2 and winners of four straight and seven of eight. The only two losses for Seton Hall has come from Washington and LSU, both away from the Prudential Center. Seton Hall is 2-2 away from Newark, playing only two true road games. This game counts as a road game but it more like a neutral court game since the game is being playing at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and I’m sad to say but Seton Hall could more than likely have more fans at the game then LIU will. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if that is not the case.

The one very small advantage LIU Brooklyn has is that they have a game under their belt in playing at the Barclays Center. It is no big deal for a Seton Hall, who plays almost of their home games at an NBA-level arena. Also, LIU Brooklyn is 0-1 at the Barclays Center this season. So, let just call this part a draw.

Seton Hall is very good on both ends of the court. They are averaging 1.047 points per possession on offense, 64th in the nation and are giving up 0.877 points per possession on defense, 42nd in the nation. They are in the Top 60 in the nation in nearly every shooting percentage category. The Pirates grab nearly 35 rebounds a game just above the 32.3 rebounds a game LIU grabs. Fuquan Edwin in the Pirates’ main man. He’s the team’s leading scorer at 19.6 points per game and grabs nearly 6 rebounds per game while shooting at nearly 56% from field and over 57% from three. 6’9″ Gene Teague will also be a factor in this game depending on if he is 100% after sustaining a sprain ankle in their last loss to LSU on November 29. He didn’t start in Seton Hall’s last game vs Longwood but played in 13 minutes. He’s averaging 12.5 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game. Before his injury, he was on a four-game streak scoring double-digits including a double-double versus St. Peter’s who LIU just lost to. Aaron Cosby is the third double-digit scorer on the Pirates’ with his 12 points per game and 2.3 assists per game.

LIU Brooklyn will be looking to rebound for a tough, ugly loss to St. Peter’s on Wednesday. Jamal Olasewere recorded a double-double but he had a tough time shooting going 6 for 16. LIU will have to shoot a lot better than the 40% shooting night that had on Wednesday if they plan on coming out of this game with a win. Fouls was once again an issue on Wednesday and will be a cause for concern once again in this game. They committed 21 fouls vs St. Peter’s and have averaged 23 fouls in the last four games. The LIU “bigs” will once again be put to the test in trying to protect the paint while staying out of foul trouble. Speaking with LIU head coach Jack Perri in the postgame of the St. Peter’s game, it doesn’t sound like Kenny Onyechi can play extended minutes with his foot issues. That will put more pressure on Olasewere, Khalil Murphy, E.J. Reed and Booker Hucks to stay out of foul trouble. If LIU could get at least an effective 10 minutes out of Onyechi, it will definitely help the cause for the Blackbirds.

Also, it might be time for Jason Brickman to get involved in scoring a little more. He is averaging under five shot attempts in the last six games. LIU needs him to get back to the 8.75 shot attempts he was averaging in the team’s first four games. With his 68.3 effective field goal percentage, he is got to get more shots up. He is just too good a shooter. If LIU can keep the Pirates off the glass and cut back on the fouls and turnovers and play a lot more efficient, there is a decent chance LIU will come out of this one with a win. Olasewere will need to get to foul line a lot in this game, if he does I see a 25+ and 10+ game from him. I except this game to be close with five minutes to go. This game may come down to free throws. It should be a good one.

Ken Pomeroy’s Game Projection:

Ken Pomeroy on his website has Seton Hall beating LIU Brooklyn by a projected score of 78-74 with a 64% probability of a Seton Hall win.

Up Next:

The Blackbirds will make their second trip back to the Lone Star State to play their final non-conference game of the season versus the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday, December 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm ET.

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